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Anant Chaturdashi

 Anant Chaturdashi

Lord Ganesh is the God of auspicious beginnings, prosperity and wisdom. After 10 or 11 days of Ganesh Chaturthi puja, the of Lord Ganesh are submerged back to water, from where they are believed to have initiated. This festival of submerging Lord Ganesh only to welcome the next year with a new fervour is the Ananta Chaturdashi. Lord Vishnu is also worshipped on this day in the form of ‘ANANTA’ .This festival is also celebrated by the Jains in the Form of last day of ‘Paryushana’.

 

Story Behind Ananta Chaturdashi

 

This story revolves around Sushila, the daughter of Brahmin Sumant. Her mother was no more and had a step-mother. She was married to Kaundinya who took her away from the evil step mother. On the way, near a river she met a group of females worshipping Ananta and who had taken the Ananta Vow. Sushila also undertook the Ananta Vow. She and her husband began to prosper at an alarming rate.

 

When Kaundinya came to know of the Vow, he did not believe in its sacredness, rather believed in his wisdom. As a result they lost everything they had. Kaundinya then understood his mistake and went in search of Ananta. He later found it in a cave as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu himself.

 

Why is it Celebrated

 

Anant Chaturdashi is the most significant day to worship Lord Vishnu in Anant form. On this day devotees of Lord Vishnu observe a day long fast and tie sacred thread during Puja.

 

Muhurat

 

The muhurat Tithi Begins at 05:27 am on 15th September, 2016 to 3:15 am on 16th September. The puja muhurat starts at 6: 09 am on the 15th September.

 

Benefits

 

This is the last day of the Ganeshotsav when he is departed back to water to be welcomed back next year with fanfare. He is believed to take away all our problems with him. Also, this is the most Auspicious day to worship Lord Vishnu in his Ananta form to achieve wealth and divinity as blessings.

 

Products to perform the puja

 

It generally occurs 10 -11 days after the Ganesh Chaturthi, when the time comes to immerse the idol of Lord Ganesh. It is also the optimum time to worship Lord Vishnu. The rituals include:

 

  • Fourteen tilaks are made on a wooden plank for the Ananta puja.
  • Fourteen puris (whole wheat fried breads) fourteen pua ( sweet jaggery wheat breads) are placed on each of the tilaks.
  • Panchamrit symbolises ‘Ocean of Milk’. A thread with 14 knots, tied to cucumber is swirled in the panchamrit kept on the plank.
  • This thread of knots is then tied to the right arm of a female or the left arm of a male.
  • Lord Ganesh idols are taken out in a procession with singing and dancing devotees and immersed in the nearby lake or river.