As Chhath Puja 2023 comes to an end, devotees on Monday morning were seen giving the final Arghya of this year at a designated ghat in Fancy Bazar, while standing knee-deep in Brahmaputra, Guwahati.
Men, women and children started thronging the designated Chhath venues since early morning.
Similar scenes could be seen in towns across the state as devotees, predominantly from the Hindi-speaking communities, made their way to the nearest waterbodies to pay obeisance to the Sun God at sunset.
Arghya (offerings), comprising fresh fruits, vegetables and sweets, were made as part of the rituals.
In the city, the ghats along the Brahmaputra, from Bhootnath to Uzan Bazar, were decked up with gates and pandals erected for cultural events by social organisations like Yuva Bharati Sangh, Sarv Hindusthani Yuva Parishad, Purbottar Pragatishil Manch and others.
Chhath Puja venues have been designated at ghats or waterbodies in Pandu, Soonsali, Narengi, Khanapara and other places. A riot of colours was seen at the Chhath venues even as a carnival-like atmosphere prevailed.
Devotees across the nation offered the final Arghya on this occasion and broke their 36-hour fast to mark the conclusion of the four-day-long Chhath Puja festival. The holy festival of Chhath began four days ago on Friday and it is regarded as the festival of purity, goodwill, and faith
Thousands of devotees, mostly women across Kamrup district, fasted, sang devotional songs and offered prayers to the setting sun to mark the four-day Chhath Puja.
The festival was marked by pomp and gaiety. Devotees thronged the ghats to pay oblation to the Sun.