Images of India : Chhath Festival Ends in Bihar…

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The four-day Chhath festival ended on Nov.18. Women devotees, known as ‘varti’, ended their 36-hour fast by offering prayers and distributing offerings among family members and relatives. The offerings included the first crop from the fields. The devotees floated lighted earthern lamps in rivers and other water bodies. The Chhath festival is one of the most popular and biggest in Bihar as hundreds of thousands thronged the river banks to take a bath before preparing traditional foods. The festival is dedicated to the Sun god. Idols of the Sun god riding a chariot drawn by seven horses are sold on the riverbanks.