GUWAHATI, Nov 1 - Devotees across the city are all set to celebrate Chhath Puja or Surya Shashti on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, when they would pay obeisance to the rising and setting sun on the banks of rivers and other water bodies.
The festival is celebrated with great fanfare in Assam, mainly by people hailing from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. Like most other festivals, a great number of people belonging to other communities also take part in the puja or gather at the riverbanks to witness the rituals.
Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi on Friday greeted the people on the occasion of Chhath Puja. He said it was an �auspicious occasion where people participate in large numbers to offer prayers to the Sun god�. �Hope the celebrations of the festival showing utmost self-discipline, faith and belief help in strengthening human values like restraint over material desires, renunciation, etc.,� he said.
In Guwahati, Chhath Puja is celebrated in more than a dozen ghats of the Brahmaputra. Devotees also throng ponds and temples to celebrate the festival. On the Brahmaputra riverbank, the puja will be celebrated at Sukreshwar ghat, Uzanbazar, Sunsali, Pandu, Maligaon, Birubari, Basistha, Noonmati, Jyotikuchi, Lalmati and other locations.
The district administration has made special arrangements for the puja. Steps have been taken to ensure security at the riverbanks as well as to facilitate smooth traffic management, especially in view of the movement of a large number of devotees on Saturday evening.