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Updated: November 13, 2010 13:08 IST

Chhath celebrations end peacefully in Bihar

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RJD chief Lalu Prasad and former Bihar Chief Minister, Rabri Devi offering
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RJD chief Lalu Prasad and former Bihar Chief Minister, Rabri Devi offering " Chhath" (sun worship) Prayers at their residence, in Patna on Friday. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

Chhath celebrations ended in Bihar today with lakhs of devotees offering prayers on the banks of rivers, reservoirs, canals and ponds to rising sun.

The celebration was reported to be peaceful, Director General of Police, Neelmani said.

The devotees took holy dips in rivers, reservoirs, canals and ponds across the State and offered “arghyas” to the rising sun.

In Patna, lakhs of people thronged the bank of river Ganges, took holy dip before they offered prayers to rising sun for the welfare of their family.

RJD president Lalu Prasad’s wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi performed chhath puja with their close relatives at their official bungalow.

Mr. Prasad chose this opportunity to demand that Centre recognise the three-day chhath festival as national festival and declare holiday accordingly.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s relatives also performed chhath at his official 1-Anne Marg residence.

Hundred of politicians visited CM’s bungalow to exchange pleasantries and had prasad.

Special arrangements were made by the district authorities in Patna for the festival.





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