This IAS officer of Jharkhand observed Chhath fast to fulfill his father’s resolve, even Corona could not shake his faith.

Ranchi: Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, retired Indian Administrative Service officer, former Chief Secretary of Jharkhand and advocate of Jharkhand High Court, has immense faith in the festival of Chhath. Due to his father’s determination and faith, he has been celebrating both Chhath Maha festivals of Chait and Kartik months every year since 1977. Even Corona virus could not shake his faith. Although this time he is not celebrating Chhath festival, but he will definitely go to Chhath Ghat to offer Argh to Lord Sun.

Dr. Singh says: When he was preparing for the IAS exam, father Sukhdev Singh had resolved that if his son does IAS, he will celebrate Chhath festival. However, his father died in 1974 before he could pass the IAS exam. Dr. Singh passed the IAS examination in 1977. Then mother told them about father’s resolution. After this, he started celebrating Chhath festival from 1977. When he was studying in America, he was not able to celebrate Chhath.

Indians celebrating Chhath in England too

Indians living in England also started the ritual of Mahaparva Chhath with Nahay Khay. Ajay Kumar and his wife Vinita Nand, residents of Kanke Road in Wellingborough city of England, along with their daughter and son-in-law are involved in this great festival. Shri Kumar told that preparations have been made for mass Chhath festival near London and Midland. In this, about six hundred devotees are participating in the evening Argh after Kharna. 57 volunteers have been busy in preparations since the month of August. Shri Kumar told that so far 1200 people have registered to participate in this puja.

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