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Chhath Puja celebration only at designated ghats in Delhi: LG VK Saxena

Chhath will be celebrated on October 30 and 31. It involves offering 'arghya' to the Sun god by fasting women in knee-deep water.

Chhath Puja celebration only at designated ghats in Delhi: LG VK Saxena AJR
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First Published Oct 26, 2022, 3:11 PM IST

Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena on Wednesday approved Chhath Puja at designated ghats on the Yamuna and asked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to ensure clean ghats and water for devotees.

The Lieutenant Governor also cautioned Arvind Kejriwal against "misleading and premature publicity."

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Earlier, in a tweet, Kejriwal had caused confusion with many people assuming that the puja could be performed anywhere along the Yamuna.

"The proposal to hold Chhath Puja approved by the Lieutenant Governor was specific to designated ghats on the Yamuna," a source said.

Saxena has also directed the revenue and environment departments to ensure strict enforcement of the National Green Tribunal's orders on Yamuna pollution.

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The Delhi government's revenue department is the nodal agency for Chhath arrangements. It is working in close coordination with other government departments and civic agencies to make Chhath a success.

Chhath will be celebrated on October 30 and 31. It involves offering 'arghya' to the Sun god by fasting women in knee-deep water.

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The festival is hugely popular among Purvanchalis (people belonging to Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh)living in Delhi.

Popular Purvanchali leader and BJP MP Manoj Tiwari, in a letter to the Lieutenant Governor in August, had urged Saxena to direct Delhi government officials to make adequate arrangements for Chhath Puja at ghats on the Yamuna. The Delhi government has made preparations for Chhath Puja at 1,100 sites.

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