Bhubaneswar:Thousands of devotees gathered along the Kuakhai river on the city outskirts on Thursday evening to offer prayers to the sun on Chhath puja.
Devotees will offer prayers on Friday morning as well.
Chhath Puja is dedicated to the Sun and his wife, Usha. The festival rituals are rigorous and are observed over four days. These include holy bathing, fasting and abstaining from drinking water, standing in water for a long time, and offering prasad and arghya (offerings) to the setting and rising sun.