The Chhath Puja is dedicated to the solar deity Surya and Shashthi Devi (Chhathi Maiya) to thank them for bestowing the bounties of life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes. This festival is observed by Biharis & Nepalese.
Chhath Mahaparva is not only a sadhana but it also instructs us how to keep away from diseases and stay healthy. Most of the materials used for offering "Arghya" in Chhath Mahaparva are acquirable locally.
Our forefathers have made the laws & customs of Chhath puja to keep the body healthy.
The fruits offered for Chhath Puja control seasonal diseases and improves immunity. Health is strengthened by the fruits offered in this religious ritual during the change of seasons.
At the same time, "Suryopasana" supplies vitamin D and also preserve against leprosy. Praying before the rising/setting sun, the photons enter through the eyes and the skin of the Vratti (devotee) and passing through the brain, it generates bioelectricity which charges the entire body with the solar energy.
With the body purified by prescribed methods of fasting, the vratti (devotee) stand in water (navel deep) thus rejuvenating the nervous system.
Fasting before the puja gives energy to the cells of the body. 36 hours fast lays great detoxification and has beneficial effects on the mind and body.
These customs involved in Chhath puja acts as a mine of qualities and a means of protecting your body against diseases and keeping yourself healthy.