Halashashti Vrata :Women will observe a fast of Halashti on Saturday for the long life of their son. This fast is observed every year on the sixth day of Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month. Balram Jayanti is also celebrated on this day. This Halashthi or Balarama Jayanti is celebrated with different names in different parts of the country. It is also called Hal Chhath, Pinni Chhath or Khamar Chhath.
Do not consume food grains: Women keep the fast of Halashti for the attainment of long life of the child. During the fast on this day, she does not eat any grain and datuns Mahua. Plow-ploughed grains and vegetables are not used in Halashti fast. In this fast, only those things are eaten which are produced in the pond. Like eating rice of Tinni, greens of Kermua, eating rice of Pasahi etc. No cow products like milk, curd, cow dung etc. are used in this fast. Buffalo milk, curd and ghee are used in the Halashthi fast.
Worship will be done under the Kansa flower: Especially Kans flower is used in worship. Under which the idol of Shankarji is placed and worshiped. After this the women observe the fast.
Halashashti Vrata : date and time
Shashthi will start on August 27, 2021 at 6:49 pm
Shashthi will end on August 28, 2021 at 8:57 pm
Har Chhath: Significance
This festival is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Balarama, the elder brother of Lord Krishna. Balarama is believed to be an incarnation of Sheshnag, who is associated with Lord Vishnu. Balaram used the agricultural tool plow as his weapon, it has a strong connection with the farmers and farming, so every Chhath is celebrated with great enthusiasm and gaiety by the farmers.
Crowd in the markets: There was a rush in the markets to buy worship materials. Along with Fuhara, there was a crowd in the suburban areas Adhartal, Gwarighat, Gadha near the roadside vendors of worship materials. Chunaks specially made of bamboo are offered in the worship. Which people were seen buying.
Har Chhath Puja Anushthan :
- The rituals are mainly performed by women.
- They take a quick bath and prepare for Lalhi Chhath Puja.
- Cow dung is applied after cleaning the place of worship.
- A small well is prepared and seven grains are matched with Satavya.
- The weapon of Balarama is the plow, so he is worshiped by making a structure resembling straw, grass stems and palash.
- Women keep a strict fast. The food sown in the field is not eaten, only Pashar eats rice.
- For each child, six small earthen pots filled with grains are placed at the place of worship.
- They recite Hal Shashthi fasting story.