Volunteers pitch in to clean ghats in BHEL area for Chhat Mahaparv

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Nov 2018 11:04:33

Staff Reporter,

CHHAT Ghat Swachhta Abhiyan was organised at various ghats on Sunday. Community organisations like Bihar Cultural Council came forward to clean ghats in various areas so as to facilitate Chhat Mahaparv. The Swachhta campaign also witnessed participation of senior officials of BHEL.

The campaign was organised at around 8 am on various ghats including Saraswati Devi temple, E Sector, Berkheda, BHEL Bhopal. Speaking as the chief guest, D K Thakur, Executive Director, BHEL, Bhopal appreciated the cleanliness programme by Council and highlighted works being done by BHEL in the area of sanitation. On the occasion, all the guests and attendees of the Council participated in hygiene campaign and emphasised on the need to maintain this tradition.

In his address, General Secretary of the Council Satendra Kumar said that Chhat Pooja is synonymous with cleanliness and purity. Addressing a programme on Chhat puja, volunteers said that our country is famous for fairs and festivals. The culture is based on the principle of unity in diversity. In view of its growing popularity and people’s faith, Chhat festival is celebrated with fervour and gaiety in the city. There are folklores and narratives about this festival in religious scriptures signifying its importance. Chhat is a festival of simplicity, prosperity and spiritual bliss. Every year cultural events are organised and people of Bhojpuri community and littérateurs for outstanding contribution are also felicitated. This year, Chhat pooja will be celebrated from November 11 to November 14.

AGM-Human Resources, BHEL, M Isadore, in his remarks emphasised special emphasis on cleanliness in all areas of life. Chhat is a folk festival and folk culture. It inspires simplicity, unity, brotherhood and harmony. Folk lores of Bhojpuri and Bundelkhandi dialects which are popular these days are usually sung by women devotees while doing Chhat pooja near water bodies .Worshipping Sun God is of immense importance and in Hindu culture where nature in all its forms including rivers and trees is worshipped. This festival is celebrated with simplicity and amity.

Bihar Cultural Council is one of the largest cultural, non-political organisation associated with BHEL, Bhopal. With this, two lakh residents of Bihar are connected. Council General Secretary Satendra Kumar informed that more than 20,000 pilgrims, women, men and devotees participate in the grand ceremony of Suryakunda Chhat Mahaparv organised by the Council. This year, Chhat Pooja will be celebrated focusing on cleanliness campaigns.

As many as 30 ponds and water bodies in the city are being cleaned for the purpose. Last year different religious gurus under the banner of Bhojpuri Ekta Manch came together for cleaning of Sheetal Das Ki Baghiya. Other water bodies where cleanliness campaigns organised includes Kalta Pura, Sheetal Das, Aada Nagar, Hathai Kheda, Saraswati Mandir, Pond near Gandhi School Berkheda, Baghsewaniya, Neelbad etc. The message of cleanliness is being given special importance and it is being ensured that all proper dustbins are also being placed near water bodies. This festival is dedicated to Sun God.

Chhat festival is mainly celebrated to promote well-being, prosperity and progress. In Hinduism, Sun worship is believed to help cure diseases, including leprosy, and helps ensure longevity and prosperity of family members and to get blessings from elders in the family. Rituals of the festival are rigorous and are observed over a period of four days.

The important rituals include holy bathing, fasting and abstaining from drinking water standing in water for long periods of time, and offering prasad and arghya to setting sun as well as rising sun.
The programme witnessed presence of Prithviraj Sinha, Basant Kumar, Abhi Kumar, Sunil Sinha, Mahesh Gupta, Ramanandan Singh, Anant Sahu, DD Pathak etc.