Mumbai: Chhath Puja festivities begin a few days after the five-day-long festival of Diwali. As per the traditional Hindu calendar, Chhath Puja festivities begin with a ritual called Nahay Khay on the Chaturthi Tithi (fourth day), Shukla Paksha (brighter phase of the Lunar cycle) of the Kartik month. Read on to know the Chhath Puja Nahay Khay 2020 date and other significant details.
Chhath Puja Nahay Khay 2020 date
This year, Chhath Puja Nahay Khay will be performed today.
Nahay Khay day Suryoday and Suryast time
On the day of Nahay Khay, i.e. November 18, the Suryoday and Suryast timings are as follows:
Sunrise – 6:46 AM
Sunset – 5:26 PM
What is Nahay Khay?
As mentioned above, Chhath puja vrat festivities begin with Nahay Khay. On this day, those keeping a fast rise early take a bath and wear fresh/new/clean clothes while those staying close to a river, take a dip in the holy waters to begin their vrat. After taking a bath, devotees do Sankalpa (take a pledge) that they would observe the vrat with devotion and sincerity. Then they take the blessings of the Gods and Chhati Maiya for a successful vrat. Subsequently, they eat the first and the only meal of the day.
The meal mainly consists of Lauki ki sabzi and chane ki daal.
The foods prepared for Nahay Khay are sattvic. They do not even contain onion and garlic.
Those keeping a vrat only use sendha namak for flavouring. Regular table salt is not used.
A vrati maintains celibacy and leads a simple life.
He or she sleeps on the floor and not on the bed or mattress.
The Vrat is nothing but a perform of penance and devotion.
The members of the family who keep the vrat consume the food first on the day of Nahay Khay.
Since the rituals include an early morning bath and the consumption of food after that, it is called Nahay Khay.
A vrati breaks the fast on the next day after offering his/her prayers and Arghya to rising Sun.
Here’s wishing one and all a very blissful Chhath puja.