Panchkula, October 30
Thousands of people from Purvanchal residing in the city and the nearby adjoining areas offered prayers to Sun god during the Chhath Puja on the banks of the Ghaggar in Sector 21 here today.
Call of faith: Women offer prayers during Chhath Puja at Sector 42 lake in Chandigarh on Sunday. Photo: Vicky
Congratulating people on the occasion, Haryana Speaker and MLA Gian Chand Gupta, who was the chief guest, said he gave Rs 25 lakh from his discretionary funds for the construction of the ghat on the banks of the Ghaggar last year. He was happy that the ghat had been completed and people were performing rituals here. All necessary facilities had been made available at the ghat, which was constructed at a cost of Rs 4 crore.
Mayor Kulbhushan Goyal, Chief Minister’s OSD Amarinder Singh, councillors Gautam Prasad, Sunit Singla, Haryana Child Welfare Council’s Honorary General Secretary Ranjeeta Mehta, State Yuva Morcha General Secretary Yogendra Sharma, Mandal president Rakesh Agarwal and Panchkula’s Chhath Puja Committee president Kashinath were among those present.
Fervour marks celebrations in Mohali district
Mohali: Chhath festival was celebrated with fervour in Mohali district. Devotees offered prayers to the Sun god in Dera Bassi, Mubaripur, Lalru, Balongi and Phase 9 here. On the third day, women, especially from Purvanchal, thronged the ghat to offer prayers. In Dera Bassi, women thronged Ram Talai, Ghaggar and an artificial pond in Mubarikpur. The festival was also celebrated in pandals at the mela ground in Zirakpur. Mohali MLA Kulwant Singh offered prayers in Balongi. He said paving work of the Balongi ground would be done soon.
During a Chhath Puja function in Balongi, local BJP leader Sanjeev Vashisth expressed hope that Subhash Sharma would get the BJP ticket from the Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha constituency in the upcoming elections. “I promise to open a dispensary and a school here. The rivulet will also be paved,” said Vashisth. Chhath Puja functions in Mohali saw BJP and AAP leaders wooing people from Purvanchal with poll-related promises.