The auspicious beginning of Chhath Puja, the great festival of faith, has started with taking a bath today. The belief of Chhath Puja in Bihar is very special and it is celebrated with great pomp. But do you know that first Chhath Puja was performed by Mata Sita in Munger? Yes, according to religious beliefs, Mata Sita first performed Chhath Puja on the banks of the Ganges in Munger, after that this great festival started. Not only this, the place where Mother Sita performed Chhath Puja, her feet are still present there.
Chhath is considered as the great festival of Bihar. This festival is celebrated with great pomp in Bihar as well as in other states of the country. Chhath festival has special significance in Munger. There are many stories related to Chhath Puja but according to religious belief, Mata Sita first performed the first Chhath Puja in Munger. Since then, Mahaparva came into play everywhere. As a proof of this, even today the footprints of Mother Sita are present here.
According to Valmiki Ramayana, in the Sita Charan of the historical city of Munger, Mother Sita once performed Chhath Puja after staying for six days. When Shri Ram returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, he decided to perform the Rajasuya Yagya on the orders of the sages to get rid of the sin of killing Ravana. For this, the Mugdal Rishi was invited, but the Mugdal Rishi ordered Lord Rama and Sita to come to his own ashram.
After this Shri Ram and Sita came here and they were told about the worship. Mother Sita worshiped Suryadev on Kartik Shukla Chhath and then completed the worship. The place where Mata Sita performed Chhath Puja, her feet are still present there. Later a temple was built at the same place. A large number of devotees from all over the country and abroad come here for darshan.
According to Bihar Tourism Department, Sita Charan is very close to Kashharni Ghat. It is a rock in the river bed about two miles from the fort. There are two footprints in the stone, which is believed to be the feet of Mother Sita. This stone is 250 meters long and 30 meters wide, there is also a small temple at that place.