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Chhath puja 2021: Know everything about Kharna

The sunrise time is 6:39 AM and sunset timing will be 5:30 PM. Vratis can break their fast after the sunset.Today is the second day of Chhath Puja, known as Kharna.

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Chhath puja

By Tarannum

The auspicious season of Chhath puja is here. This is a three-day-long festival that begins with Nahay Khay, the second day is known as Kharna and the festival concludes with Arghya. This year, Chhath Puja started on November 8 and it will end on November 11 respectively this year.

The second day of the Chhathi Maiya festival is Kharna and it is being celebrated today. On the second day, Lohanda and Kharna will be practised by the women who are fasting for their children on this auspicious day. If you’re planning on doing the same, here’s the puja vidhi, muhurat, importance, and purpose of this day.

It is believed that those who observe Kharna, their mind and body purify from within.

What is the Kharna Puja 2021 Muhurat ?

The sunrise time is 6:39 AM and sunset timing will be 5:30 PM. Those who are fasting can break their fast after the sunset.

On Kharna, people observe fast from dawn to dusk and deliver the first Arghya (offering) of Chhath to the rising sun in a long and difficult nirjala vrat (fasting without water).

Today on Kharna, a prasad of kheer will be prepared with gur (jaggery) and arwa chawal (atap rice) on an earthen stove. Seasonal fruits and some kind of vegetables are mostly used by the devotees to make their Kharna in this religious festivities to worship Chhathi Maiyya.

How the Kharna and Lohanda rituals are performed?

People fast on the second day of the Chhath puja and eat after performing prayers to the sun in the evening. A prasad is also made on this day that consists of Rasiao-kheer (brown rice pudding), puri (deep-fried bread made from unleavened whole-wheat flour) and fruits after offering Surya Puja. Fasting people initially offer prasad to Chhath Maiya before consuming the food.

The Ganga water from the holy river is taken home and utilised to prepare Surya’s food offerings which can last for the next 36 hours. Devotees eat rice, gram lentils, and pumpkin vegetables without onion or garlic on this day.

What is the importance of Chhath Puja?

Shashthi Maiya, also known as Chhathi Maiya in Bihar, is worshipped during the Chhath festival which takes place on the Shashti (sixth day) of Kartik month. Chhathi Maiya, who is worshipped during Chhath Puja is believed to be the sister of Sun God. This is why people make offerings of water to the Sun to honour her.

Not only that but during these days, Katyayani Devi, Maa Durga’s sixth form, is also worshipped. The event is dedicated to children, which is why Chhathi Maiya is considered the mother of the children. Couples who never had children celebrate Chhath Vrat, while everyone else celebrates Chhath for their children’s happiness and tranquilly.

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Today is the second day of Chhath Puja which is known as Kharna, people of Bihar can be seen celebrating this huge festival which they believe to be the most sacred festival of the Hindus. Although, people say that Chhath Puja is the festival of Bihar and it is not celebrated in every part of India yet every people around the country have so much respect for this holy and sacred festival.

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Patna Police arrest couple allegedly posing as medical students and creating ruckus inside Nalanda Medical College

According to the reports, a couple was sitting inside the campus late at night when the security guard approached them and asked them to leave.

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Patna Police arrest couple allegedly posing as medical students and creating ruckus inside Nalanda Medical College

A couple was arrested on Wednesday by the Patna Police for allegedly posing as medical students of Bihar’s Nalanda Medical College (NMC). The couple, who were faking as students of the college, even created a ruckus when they were caught by the security guard.

According to the reports, a couple was sitting inside the campus late at night when the security guard approached them and asked them to leave. However, the couple began fighting with the security guard and refused to leave, claiming that they were medical students at the same college.

Following this incident, the security guard called the senior students to verify their identities. The seniors then claimed that the couple was not enrolled in their college, which led to a massive fight between them.

Prem Shankar Pandey, a security supervisor at the Nalanda Medical College, said when the seniors asked the couple to leave, the girl called some of her friends in their defense. The reports state that the girl’s friends reached the college premises with sharp weapons and pistols.

Soon after, the authorities informed the police about the incident. The police then intervened and stopped the fight. Panday said that on seeing the police, the men, who had arrived with some weapons, fled the spot.

According to the reports, the police have detained the couple and taken them into custody for interrogation. The police said that the girl is constantly changing her statements. Initially, she claimed to be a medical student, but during interrogation, she said she was a counseling student at a medical college.

The police said they are investigating the matter and will take action further.

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Fire breaks out in plastic manufacturing factory in Bihar’s Patna

Patna City ASP Amit Ranjan said the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, but they are currently investigating to find the reason.

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Fire breaks out in plastic manufacturing factory in Bihar's Patna

A fire broke out in a plastic manufacturing factory in Bihar’s Patna on Monday night. The incident happened at around 8 pm near Nawab Bahadur road in Paschim Darwaza in Sipara.

The locals informed the police about the mishap. Several firefighters and police officials rushed to the spot immediately after receiving the information. According to the reports, the fire was brought under control by 10:30 pm after a couple of hours of firefighting operations.

It was also reported that the State Disaster Response Force and National Disaster Response Force teams had reached the district along with senior police and administrative officials of the district. No casualties have been reported.

Patna City ASP Amit Ranjan said the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, but they are currently investigating to find the reason. The plastic manufacturing unit is being running for several years at the house belonging to Motilal.

The factory which caught fire is situated 800 m away from the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Depot. There were reports that the incident took place on the premises of IOC Depot. However, Patna’s Indian oil in charge clarified the news stating that the terminal is absolutely safe.

Indian Oil also tweeted on Tuesday and said, There are news items stating that a fire took place at the Indian Oil Corporation depot in Patna. It is absolutely wrong. Indian Oil terminal is absolutely safe. The Incident took place on premises in the vicinity of the depot and was doused off by fire services personnel. Indian Oil depot is safe.

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BJP leader Sanjay Mishra shot dead in Bihar’s Katihar district

About a year ago, there was a deadly attack on Mishra during which he sustained a bullet injury on his chest.

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BJP leader Sanjay Mishra shot dead in Bihar's Katihar district

In a shocking incident, BJP leader Sanjeev Mishra from Bihar’s Patna was shot dead by two bike-borne men in the Katihar district on Monday. The incident took place between 8 am and 9 am near Telta High School More in Balrampur.

According to the reports, the 55-year-old Mishra was standing in front of his house when two men came on a bike and shot at him from close range. The accused fled from the scene immediately. As per the preliminary investigation, the police suspect the incident was a result of political rivalry.

Hearing the sounds of the firing, the family members came out of the house and saw Mishra lying on a road in a pool of blood. Immediately, his family members and locals rushed him to a primary health centre for treatment where doctors declared him brought dead.

A police officer said It was not clear whether two or four assailants came. Some eyewitnesses said that two were bike-borne, while others claimed there were four miscreants on two bikes. The police have been scrutinizing the CCTV footage of the nearby area to identify the miscreants. The criminals fled towards West Bengal, he added.

Soon after the attack, agitated people started protesting and blocking the main road. Not only this, the locals even vandalized the vehicles and the Telta police outpost. The police have been deployed in an area to maintain law and order.

The police said they are currently investigating the matter. A search operation is on to nab the accused. The police have taken his body into their possession and sent it to the Sadar Hospital for a post-mortem.

About a year ago, there was a deadly attack on Mishra during which he sustained a bullet injury on his chest.

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