Hal Sashti Vrat (Har Chath pooja or Lalahi Chhath Puja) is observed mainly in North India. Halsashti vrata 2012 date is August 8. Hal-Sashti Vrat is the day to celebrate the birthday of Lord Balarama, the elder brother of Lord Sri Krishna. It is observed on Krishna Paksha Sashti in Bhadrapad month.
Who will observe Hal Sashti Vrat – How to perform Har Chhath Puja?
Hal Shashti puja is observed mainly by farming communities, especially be women. Women perform the vrata to get male child or for the better health of their children. Women observe fasting on the day and they even avoid taking fruits and milk. The performers of Lalahi Chhath puja clean and sanctify the floor with cow dung and prepare a small well type tank. They keep a stem of straw grass, a type of reed and palaash together to make a plough. Then, they bury it and pray to the sacred well.
During the Har Chhath puja, the performers worship the tank with Satavya. Satavya are the seven types of grams – wheat, jowar, lentil, paddy, moong (kidney beans), gram and corn. A cloth coloured with turmeric paste is also offered, kept near the plough and worshipped. Some people also perform yagna after the Hal puja.
Hal Sashti Vrath is also observed as Randhan Chhath in Gujarat.