Devotees in large numbers gathered on the banks of river Subernarekha and Kharkai to offer the Usha Arghya (prayers to the rising Sun) on the last day of the four-day-long Chhath festival. People cutting across ages, started assembling from as early as 3 in the morning at the Subernarekha Ghat at Sakchi, Domuhani (meeting point of river Subernarekha and Kharkai) in Sonari, Bodhanwala Ghat on the banks of Kharkai at the Bistupur- Adityapur.
The river ghats reverberated with traditional Chhath songs. With the Sun rise at 5. 56 am, Chhath vratis offered their arghya and performed other rituals. Later, prasad including tekhua and fruits were distributed among them to break their fast. The two artificial ponds at the sprawling campus of the Surya Mandir in Sidhgora also saw a huge footfall. Former chief minister Raghubar Das along with his family members also paid obesiance to Sun God.
No untoward incidents were reported from any parts of the steel city during the festivity which concluded today. This year, the Chhath festival began on November 8. Sunita Sharma, a devotee said, "We felt good today. Everybody worshipped together on the river ghat .During this festival, we prepare traditional food and offer prayers to the Sun God. Last year we celebrated the festival at the terrace of our house at Bistupur."