- India is a land of festivals, where festivals are celebrated throughout the year in different corners of the country with joy and enthusiasm.
- In Bihar, One of the most important festivals celebrated post-Diwali is Chhath Puja. It is also known by common and local names like Surya Shashthi Puja, Dala Chhath, Chhath Mai Puja and, Chhathi Mai.
- The word "Chhath" implies "six" in the Hindi Language. So this festival is celebrated on the sixth day of the holy "Karthika Maas" (month of Karthika)
- The Sun is believed to be the foremost source of energy that sustains life on earth. So, Chhath Puja is a festival celebrated to Offer gratitude to the Sun God (the power source of the World), his two consorts Usha and Pratyusha for their energy that blesses humans with life, fertility, agriculture, and health.
- The first offering, evening Arghya is offered to Pratyusha, the last ray of the Sun God; and the morning Arghya is offered to Usha, the first ray of the Sun.
- To celebrate this auspicious occasion, the places are serenaded by the Chhathi Maiya songs like 'Uga ho Suruj Dev' to 'Marbau re Sugaba Dhanush se', which reflect the life and culture of rural Bihar.
- Chhath Puja is observed by devotees twice a year, and it involves women keeping fast, men bathing in the holy river, standing in water for long periods, and offering prasad to the setting and rising Sun.
- The prasad offered to the Sun God and his sister Shashti Devi includes food items like sweets, kheer, thekua, laddus made of rice and fruits. All the meals prepared during Chhath are entirely prepared without salt, onion and garlic to emphasize on maintaining the purity of the meal.
- Being situated on the banks of the holy Ganges, the capital city Patna has several beautiful ghats like Krishna Ghat, Gandhi Ghat which are decorated with vibrant lights awaiting to get flooded with devotees observing Chhath.
- Keep your eyes open for the nearest airport in Bihar, which is Jayprakash Narayan Airport (Patna) and Bodhgaya Airport (Gaya).
- Regular flights take off from Bihar to major cities of the country like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.
- Taxis and buses are available at an effective price from the airport to reach the breathtaking ghats of Patna.
- Bihar is well connected with a vast network of National Highways and State Highways to the major parts of the country.
- The distance from New Delhi to Patna is approximately 1200kms. By car, it will roughly take 16h to reach the ghats of Patna.
- State and private buses, taxis and autos can be easily booked as they are popular modes of transport in Bihar.
- An excellent network of railways connects Bihar to different major and minor parts of the country through railways.
- Patna, Gaya and Bhagalpur are the main railheads of Bihar.
- Patna Junction is the main railway station located in the town and connects all the key cities of India through the network of superfast trains.
- From the railway station, tourists can hire taxis or buses to reach the ghats.
Let us take you through the streets of Patna during the Chhath Puja for the rarest lip-smacking dishes in your budget so that when you visit, you don't have to think before you eat!
Budget-Friendly Food Stalls-
- MAURYA LOK COMPLEX & LIGHTS CORNER: Address -Between Dak-Bungalow and Income Tax Golumber
- HARILAL'S : Address- Gayatri Mandir Road, Kankarbagh.
- TAKEAWAY Express: Address- Kadakuan, Boring Road
- BANSI VIHAR RESTAURANT: Address- Fraser Road, Marwari Campus.
- PATNA RASOI RESTAURANT: Address- Fraser Road Near Patna Junction
Satiate your hunger pangs-
- MUM'S KITCHEN: Address- Rajendranagar
- AL-CHEF CAFETERIA: Address- Ashok Rajpath Road
- PUKHTAAN - THE ROYAL TASTE OF INDIA: Address- Bander Bagicha, Fraser Road Area
- BANSURIWALA RESTAURANT: Address- West Boring Canal Road, Anandpuri
- MAUSAM MUNCH: Address- Maurya Lok Complex, Fraser Road Area
- CAFE GREEN EYE - HOTEL THE PANACHE: Address- West of Ram Gulam Chowk, South Gandhi Maidan
- POCKET CAFE: Address- Boring Patliputra Road, Kurji
- VAISHALI CAFE: Address- Hotel Maurya, Fraser Road, South Gandhi Maidan
- RED CHILLI: Address- Indrapuri
- 17 DEGREES: Address- Patliputra Kurji Road
- BARISTA: Address- South Gandhi Maidan, Near Hotel Maurya.
- PIND BALLUCHI: Address- Biscomaun Bhawan, Gandhi Maidan Road
- ANGEETHI: Address- Gharonda Complex 101 Bailey Road
- KAPIL DEV'S ELEVENS: Address- Frazer Road Dumraow Kothi, Near, Dak Bungalow, Chouraha
- BLUE MOON: Address- Dheeraj Complex, Near, Boring Road
Rs 400-500 per night
- Hotel R K Palace: Address- Ashok Nagar
- Hotel Pranjal: Address- Mithapur
- Lucky Guest House: Address- Near AIIMS
Rs 600-700 per night
- Sai Kripa Guest House: Address- near Patliputra Junction
- Nirvana Cottage: Address- Buddha Marg
- Green highway: Address- Deedarganj
- Shubh Sarthak: Address- Fraser Road Area
- Pamper Homes: Address- Balley Road
- Silver Estate Residency : Address- Rajeev Nagar
If you have visited Patna for Chhath Puja, then apart from having prasad prepared from rice, dry fruits, fresh fruits, coconut and ghee, you must surely try these lip-smacking dishes.
- Litti Chokha
- Chandrakala/ Pedakiya
- Kesar Peda
- Khurma And Laktho
- Parwal ki Mithai
- Sattu Sharbat
Nearby Places Worth Visiting
- Bhagalpur silk city Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary and the Chhath Puja celebrations
- Chapra known mainly for the Ambika Bhavani Temple (one of the Shakti Peethas in India)
- Kumrahar stands proof of the cultural excellence of ancient Pataliputra.
- Patna Mizoram
- Agham Kuan
- Nalanda university
- Patna Planetarium
- Jalmandir Temple
- Munger's Kastaharni Ghat
- Kaunhara ghat hajipur