GUWAHATI, Nov 16 - Chhath Puja, the festival dedicated to Sun God (Surya) will be performed on the banks of rivers and water bodies on November 17 and 18, where devotees will pay obeisance to the setting and rising Sun for sustaining life on earth.
Along with other parts of the country, devotees will throng the river banks in the State on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning with wicker baskets filled with offerings to Sun God and Chhathi Maiya, the Goddess who is worshipped during the festival.
Brisk preparations have been made in Guwahati as well, to conduct Puja smoothly with the bank of the Brahmaputra being cleared and decorated at different spots by the district administration with the help of the local puja committees. Security measures have also been taken to avoid any mishap during the fest, where young and old alike will take part as devotees and also as onlookers.
In Guwahati, the Puja will be observed at more than a dozen ghats including Noonmati Sector I, Sunsali, Pandu, Lalmati, Basistha, Sukleswar Ghat, Ferry Ghat, Meen Bhawan Ghat, Birubari and Jyotikuchi.
Besides, the ponds and other water bodies in and around the city will also see a large number of devotees.
The festival includes rigorous fast and rituals spanning four days, holy bathing, abstaining from drinking water and food, offering argh to Sun God, standing in water and offering prasad.