About Anant Chaturdashi
Anant, another name of Lord Vishnu, means eternal, and Chaturdashi means fourteen, Anant Chaturdashi, also known as Anant Chaudas. Anant Chaturdashi is also the last day of the Hindu festival of Ganeshotsav. It is generally the tenth or eleventh day after Ganesh Chaturthi, and all the Ganesh idols brought into homes and communities are immersed in the sea or nearby lakes and rivers. On this day, people travel to the waterfront with the idols, large and small, dancing and singing in large processions. Lord Ganesha is departed, only to be welcomed the next year with equal excitement.
When it is celebrated
It falls 10 days after Ganesh Chaturthi. According to Hindu calendar, it falls in the ‘Shukla Paksha’ of the Bhadrapada month. It is the the last day of the Hindu festival of Ganeshotsav when Ganesha idols are immersed in the water.
Story behind this festival
There was a Brahmin named Sumant. He had a daughter named Sushila. Sushila was married to sage Kaundinya. One day, on their way to move to some other place, they stopped near a river and Kaundinya went to take bath. On the bank of the river, some women were were performing worship. Sushila became curious, then they told Sushila that they were worshipping “Anant” and it was Anant’s vow.
Then those women told her about the significance of fast for the worship of lord Anant. Sushila also decided to observe this fast when she came to know about this fast and came to sage Kaudinya after tying the thread of 14 Knots on her arm. Because of the Vow, they became very rich.
Kaudinya asked the mystery behind the thread tied on Sushila’s arm and Sushila told the whole story to him. After listening to all this, Kaudinya broke the thread and threw it in fire. After that, their life became miserable, and finally they became poor. Soon Kaundinya understood that it was the punishment from Lord Anant. He then regretted his act and went to forest in the search of that thread. He fell on land while searching for the thread. However, Lord Vishnu came to save him, and Kaundinya confessed his sin. Lord Vishnu told Kaundinya that if he made the 14-year-vow, he would be free from all his sins, and regain his lost wealth and happiness.
Anant Chaturdashi is dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu. People worship him to invoke his blessings and to regain the lost wealth. His Blessings will remain with you and your family and will take away all pains and problems and bless you with peace, prosperity and health.
Lord Anant is worshipped on this day. The fast is being observed in his name. Salt is avoided during the fast. One can have fruits and milk. People wake up early in the morning and take bath. Then prasada is made. Incense, sandalwood, kumkum, turmeric, oil lamps and flowers are essential items for pooja. Aarti is performed and prasada is offered to Lord Vishnu. Then, boys wear this sanctified thread in their right arm and women in their left. This fast should be observed for 14 years consecutively on Ananta Chaturadashi.
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