A woman performs puja while standing in a pond worshippers found near the Delhi-Noida border, on 20 November 2020 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A woman performs puja while standing in a pond worshippers found near the Delhi-Noida border, on 20 November 2020 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Noida: The annual Chhath Puja that usually sees swarms of people leave the national capital to return to their hometowns in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh was a lot more muted this year.

The four-day festival began Friday with a ban in place. The Arvind Kejriwal government barred people visiting the Yamuna ghats given the rising cases of coronavirus in the National Capital Region.

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However, this didn’t appear to deter worshippers. Several created ‘mini ponds’ at home to observe the rituals, while smaller groups made their way to far out waterbodies.

ThePrint’s National Photo Editor Praveen Jain spotted one such group and followed them to a pond near the Delhi-Noida border where they carried out the puja. Meanwhile, Senior Video Journalist Manisha Mondal caught snapshots from a terrace with a makeshift pool.

Worshippers walk on the road towards the pond | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A young man carries fruits on his head as a group of worshippers make their way to a pond near the Delhi-Noida border | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
People came in huge crowd to offer their prayers | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
There were several groups of worshippers dressed in their finery | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
People sneakily cross the field | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Two young boys dressed identically accompany other children and their parents on the hunt for the water body | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Chhath puja is celebrated 6 days after Diwali, the four day long festival is dedicated to the Sun God | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Chhath usually comes 6 days after Diwali, and is a festival dedicated to the Sun God. As such, many of the rituals take place on terraces | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Kids came wearing nice clothes for the celebrations | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Given that Diwali occurred much closer to the onset of winter, Chhath began on a pleasant early winter morning | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
People perform difficult rituals like Danda puja | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A man rolls on the ground while performing the ritual observed for Chhath puja | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A wife helps husband in doing the ritual | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
His wife, who was standing by, helps her husband along | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
On the first day of puja, families prepare a traditional meal and serve it as a bhog. On the second day, and third day, women observe a fast which they only break at sunset and sunrise | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
On the first day of puja, families prepare a traditional meal and serve it as a ‘bhog’ (ritual offering). On the second and third days, women observe a fast which they only break at sunrise and sunset | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The puja concludes on the final day after devotees perform puja at sunrise, breaking their fast | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The festival concludes after devotees perform puja on the final day at sunrise and break their fast | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Not able to go to ghat, this family opted for temporary pool | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A family in ITO, unable to go to the ghat, built a temporary pool on the terrace of their house | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Women perform rituals on the terrace of a house in ITO | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Several of them huddle together in the poor to perform the puja | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Women sit on a terrace after finishing puja | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The terrace is filled with offerings given as a part of the rituals. Having finished their puja and now fasting, the women sit together | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

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