Sun is the source of energy for the whole universe.Sun is considered as the significator of Health, eyes, social prestige, father and profession.
When we offer water to the Sun and recite the mantra,Sun gets strengthened and the water gets empowered. When we touch this water on our body, those energy points gets stimulated thereby giving us tremendous energy and all the areas mentioned above get better.
Lord Hanuman has been known for his devotion for Lord Rama but he is also remembered for his tales of mischievous activities. One such incident was when Hanuman, also called as Aanjaneya, son of Anjana was starving and he called his mother for feeding him. When he saw no sight of his mother, he went out to search his own food.
While searching for something edible, Hanuman ji noticed the Sun and thought it to be a huge red fruit. His hunger could not control anymore and he started moving towards the red ball of Sun. His determination remained unaffected by the scorching heat of the sun. When Lord Indra saw this sight, he became anxious that Hanuman ji can get burnt. In spite of several warning by Surya devta and Indra devta, hanuman ji was adamant to eat the big juicy fruit.
When Indra ji had no option left he hit Hanuman with his weapon, Vajrayudha. Hanuman immediately fell down and was hurt. The injury made his cheeks swollen and from then on Aanjaneya was called Hanuman, as ‘Hanu’ means cheek in Sanskrit.
Vayu devta saw the injured Hanuman and immediately carried him to patalaloka, the world below the grounds of the earth. As the wind god, left the earth, there was no air in the world. People, animals and trees struggled to breathe and started to die.
Finally all the other gods had to visit Lord Vayu for consoling him. Each god conferred a special power to the little Hanuman. Brahma, the Creator said, “No weapon will be able to kill this boy.” Indra said to the boy, “You will be a Chiranjeevi’ (immortal).”
Blessed thus by the gods, Hanuman grew up to be as strong as his father.
The ultimate way to offer thanks to the ultimate source of energy ‘Surya Devta’ is a unique festival in this incredible India. Chhath is no more a regional festival of Biharis and Terai region Hindus, but is widely accepted by hilly origins and almost throughout India. Let us explore this Hindu thanks giving ceremony to God Sun.
- The auspicious tradition of Chhath puja was initiated by son of Surya, Karan who ruled over the Anga Desh (Munger district of Bihar) during the time of Mahabharata.
- Lord Rama and Mata Sita offered special prayers to lord Sun ad fasted after returning to Ayodhya from exile and begin the ritual of celebrating Chhath puja.
- The special powers were bestowed to Draupadi by Surya devta, which helped the Pandavas to regain back their kingdom of Hastinapur.
- To receive immense blessings and prosperity from Surya, Chhath is celebrated lively for four days period during the Hindu month of Kartik.
- First day is Nahai Khai i.e. ‘Nahai’ means ‘bathing’ and ‘Khai’ means ‘to eat’; the devotees take a holy dip in river or lake and holy water is taken at home to cook prasadam (offering food).
- The second day is Kharna, on which the worshippers perform ‘nirjalahaar’ vrat for about 8 to 12 hours. By the end of the day, the fast is eneded by adoring lord Sun and eating Prasad. Then another 36 hours fast is begins.
- The third day is the main festival of Chhath called Sandhya Argha. The devotees clad themselves in yellow coloured attire and offer the specially prepared food offerings to Surya Devta at the riverbank in the evening.
- The last day is Suryodaya Argha on which the devotees gives the early morning offerings at the riverbank and break their fast by having Chhath Prasad.
- This festival is a morning and evening affair on all the four days as the sunrise and sunset rays are most beneficial for human body and consists of low intensity of ultra violet rays.
- The traditional festival of Chhath showers you with positivity by detoxifying the mind, soul and body; and removes the negative energies by adoring the powerful Sun.
Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja