Chhath Puja’ was celebrated with much fervor amongst students and staff members from the states of Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh on 26th of October, 2017 at Campus-3, KIIT University.
As KIIT has always been a cosmopolitan campus and since, there are many brilliant KIITians from Bihar and Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, where it is a major festival, they come together to celebrate Chhath Puja every year on this day.
Gracing the auspicious occasion, the Founder of KIIT & KISS, Prof. Achyuta Samanta described Chhath Puja as a melting pot and perfect blend of modernity and tradition. Prof. Hrushikesh Mohanty, Vice Chancellor; Prof. Sasmita Samnata, Registrar and Dr. Sucheta Priyabadini, Director, Student Services, also graced the occasion among other Senior Functionaries of KIIT University.
In fact, Chhath Puja, one of the most ancient Hindu Vedic festivals, is celebrated with much enthusiasm in states such as Bihar, Jharkhand and eastern Uttar Pradesh. The festival, that is observed over a period of four days is dedicated to lord Surya, the Hindu Sun god and his wife Usha. Over the days, pujas are performed to acknowledge their blessings and support in sustaining life on earth. It is so named because ‘chhath’ means sixth, which is the sixth day of the month of Kartika.