Sunday, 18 March 2012


Hajipur- the headquarters of Vaishali district situated in Indian state of Bihar is a small town, from where the state capital Patna, is only 10 km, is growing at fast pace. The town is linked to Patna with the Mahatma Gandhi Setu, the longest bridge in the world.  

Known as Ukkacala in ancient era, Hajipur is famous not famous for one reason but many. It was the venue of one of the discourses given by Lord Buddha. Gautam Buddha delivered his last sermon and announced his Parinirvana in this land. Also, Lord Mahavir – the founder of Jainism took birth on the soil of Hajipur. Lord Mahavir (Jain Tirthankar Lord Mahavir) was born in the village Kundalpur, 4 km from Vaishali. Thus, the soil of the territory is blessed by the visit of Lord Buddha twice during 3rd century BC.

Hajipur (Vaishali) also finds its origin way back in history from the Mahabharata period. It is said that democracy found its origin around 600BC in the district. Ancient Lichhavi republic was established on this terrain only. It is also renowned as the land of Ambapali (Amrapali), the great Indian courtesan.

Hazrat Anjan Peer Saha Baba was founded by Hazrat Anjaan Peer Saha Baba in 1780 AD. Many of famous leaders visited this place.

The place is known for production of banana. 

It is the headquarters of East Central Railway Zone. 

Friday, 28 October 2011

Chhath Puja in Hajipur

Chhath Puja is a religion festival dedicated to Surya, the Sun. This festival pays value to the nature, the Sun for providing life on Earth. It is said the worship of Sun ensures well being of family, prosperity, and progress. 

The festival is celebrated widely in Bihar. The religious festival is also celebrated some of the parts of Northern India such as Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhatishgarh, Gujrat, Delhi, Mumbai, and Chandigarh. This most pious festival is also celebrated in Mauritius.

It is celebrated twice in year in the months of Kartik and Chaitra. Kartik Chhath Puja is very famous and celebrated with great enthusiasm. This is a 4 days festival - Nahay Khay - bath and eat (1st day), Kharna (2nd day), Sanjhiya Arghya - worshipping Sun in evening (3rd day), and Subah ka Arghya/Parna - worshipping Sun in morning and breaking fast (4rth day). The festival usually starts from the 6th day of the Diwali. 

The worshippers of the Puja, Parvaitin fast for about 36 hours continuosly withous water. They have to take bath in the river and meditate for some period, while standing in water. Before, puja is preceded, prasad is made - thekuya (khasta) is made. Various types of fruits are alos brought for offering in prasad.

The festival is done at the bank of holy river, Ganga. However, it is also celebrated at the banks of other rivers, where Ganga does not flow. 

Glam of Chhath Puja in Haiipur:)
Most of the people visit, Ghat of river Sone for the Puja in evening and morning. Some of the popular ghats are Balaji Das Ghat, etc. The ways leading to Ghat are decorated and lighted for the comfort of worshipers and others taking part in the festival. The roads are also cleaned for sanity on the pious festival. Schools and colleges remain close and people participate in the festival with great zeal. 

Some Images of Chhat Puja:::

I wish very prosperous Chhath Puja.