Religion changed, but culture persisted

    10-Nov-2021   
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In Bihar, it has been reported that many Muslim women performed Chhath Puja on the banks of rivers. Daily City News has published a report on it. According to the report, several Muslim women have kept fast and performed Chhath Puja along with Hindu women.
 
Religion changed, but cul  
According to the report, Nargis Bano, a Muslim resident of Bihar, has been performing Chhath Puja for the last ten years. She keeps fast and offers Arghya to the Sun God every year on the occasion of the Chhath festival. Nargis's grandmother also used to perform Chhath Puja.
 
The report further claimed that many Muslim women of Bihar worship Chhath because they had prayed for a child, and it was fulfilled. Nargis is not the only Muslim woman who has faith in Chhath. Many Muslim women and their families will be found in large numbers in different areas of Bihar, the report claimed.
 
Chhathi Mata, the mother goddess and God Sun's sister, is worshipped as the Goddess of the festival. It is celebrated six days after Diwali, on the sixth day of the lunar month of Karthika (October–November) in the Hindu calendar Vikram Samvat. Environmentalists have claimed that the festival of Chhath is one of the most eco-friendly religious festivals.
 
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