Anant Chaturdashi is the most significant day to worship Lord VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. in Anant form. On this day devotees of Lord Vishnu observe a day-long fast and tie sacred thread during Puja.
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Anant Chaturdashi is a day dedicated to Vishnu’s resting form on his Adishesha. The festival is celebrated on the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in the month of Bhadrapada (August-September), according to the Hindu mythology. People celebrate the appearance of Vishnu as Anantha Padmanabha.
The day is celebrated on the last day of Ganesh Chaturthi when the Ganesha’s idols are taken out in a procession to immerse them in water. People sing and dance for hours to celebrate the event of sending back GaneshaGanesha
The guardian deity of Hindus, also known as the Ganapati (The God of all groups) is the son of Lord Shiva ... to his abode. They also request him to bless them again with his presence the next year. People bid him farewell and appeal him to shower his blessings throughout the year.
Legend Anant Chaturdashi
The importance and legend of Anant Chaturdashi were narrated to Yudhishter The eldest Pandavaby KrishnaKrishna
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There was a Brahmin The conventional Hindu caste system divided society into four sects and Brahmin was known as the learned class who gained the knowledge of sacred texts written on Hinduismnamed Sumanth who was married to a woman named Deeksha. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Sushila and soon passed away. Sumanth married another woman named Karkash who was harsh and cold towards the kid. She tortured her and never loved her. When Sushila reached a marriageable age, she was wedded to a Brahmin boy named Kaundinya. Karkash treated him in the same manner as she treated Sushila.
The couple left the house and decided to make a living of their own. On the way, Sushila met a group of women who were performing some rituals. On being asked, they told Sushila that they were celebrating Anant Chaturdashi and observing a fast in the name of Vishnu. They told her about the rituals and the significance of the day and Sushila decided to observe the fast for herself and her husband as they wanted to gain wealth and prosperity.
She made a promise of observing the fast for the next fourteen years and as the years passed, the coupe became rich. One day, Kaundinya saw a thread tied on the wrist of his wife and asked her about it. Sushila explained that she has been observing a fast since years and it is because of that they are rich and have all the wealth. Hearing this the husband got angry and threw the thread away as he believed that their wealth was due to his hard work and luck. He didn’t believe in Ananta and claimed that his knowledge is the reason for their prosperity.
Soon their health and wealth started deteriorating and they became poor and unhappy. Kaundinya then understood his fault and prayed to Vishnu to forgive him for his sins and give him another chance to prove his dedication. But he didn’t get any response. He was disheartened and decided to give away his life by hanging from a tree.
He was then visited by a Brahmin who asked Kaundinya to follow him in a cave. Initially, it was all very dark but soon a bright light appeared from nowhere. There was a large gathering of people and the old Brahmin went to sit on a throne. Kaundinya, now, could no longer see a Brahmin, but only the God himself. He promised him to observe the fast for the next fourteen years. He fulfilled his promise and in return Vishnu restored his health and wealth.
Symbolism of Anant Chaturdashi
The reclining and resting form of Vishnu symbolizes inactivity which was his state of being before the process of creation took place. It represents the stability and the calmness one needs to attain before starting anything productive and useful. One must try to maintain such composure throughout the life and take decisions and face hurdles with peace and clarity of mind and actions.
Rituals of Anant Chaturdashi
People observe a fast on Anant Chaturdashi and it is known as Ananta Chaturdashi or Ananth Padmanabhan Vratha. They take a bath before sunrise and then dress in red traditional clothes. They clean the worshipping arena and decorate it with flowers and beautiful colorful patterns. An earthen pot is placed in the South direction of the worshipping arena. An idol of Vishnu is kept and worshiped with incense sticks, sandalwood paste and vermillion. Some people also place an image of Shesha Naga made up of Durva grass. It has many medicinal values and people who perform the rituals associated with the day, are benefitted by its positive effects on skin disorders, high sugar level, obesity, insomnia, fatigue, anemia and digestion. Hence it symbolizes purity of body. One can also purify his house by sprinkling water in all the corners using durva grass. According to some beliefs, the tip of the grass represents Shiva, the middle represents Vishnu and the roots represent Brahma. Thus it as pure as the holy trinity
Number fourteen plays a very important role in the rituals of the day. A red thread with fourteen knots is kept near an idol of Vishnu to sanctify it and it is known as Anant Daram. The thread is then tied on the left wrist of the women and on the right wrist of the men. Vermilion and turmeric are applied on the thread before tying. People should wear this thread for fourteen consecutive years but they have to replace it with a fresh one every year on this very day. They chant “Om Anantay Namo Namaha” and “Ananta Sansar Maha Samudre Magnan Samabhyuddhar VasudevaVasudeva
Vasudeva, in Hindu mythology, the patronymic of the deity Krishna, who, according to one tradition, was a son of Vasudeva. The worshipers of Vasudeva, or Krishna, formed one..., Ananta Rupey Viniyojitatmamahya Ananta Rupey Namoh Namastute”.
Vishnu is offered fourteen types of flowers and leaves each. Offering Panchamrit is also the part of the ritual. Fourteen different kinds of delicacies is prepared which are first offered to the Lord and then served to Brahmins. It is one of the caste of Hindus. They are known for their knowledge of ancient, sacred scriptures It is also distributed among the family members, friends and relatives as prasadam. Some people observe this fast every year for fourteen years in a row.
While completing the fast, people can consume milk and fruits but salt is to be completely avoided. Worshippers should also narrate or listen to the above-mentioned legend.
People place their firm trust in God and promise to follow him with all their heart and devotion. They chant Vishnu’s name and sing hymn in his praise. Some opt for a peaceful meditation on the image of the God.
Mantra of Anant Chaturdashi
The following Mantra A group of sacred words chanted in order to gain something, be it materialistic pleasures or peaceful mindshould be narrated while performing the above-mentioned rituals.
“Namaste Devdeveshe Namaste Dharnidhar
Namaste Sri Nagendra Namaste Purushottam
Nyunatiriktani Paris Futani
Yanih Karmani Maya Krutani
Sarvani Chetani Mama Kshamasva
Prayati Tushtush Punaragmay
Daata Cha Vishnu Bhagavan Nantah
Pratigrahita Cha Sa Eva Vishnu
Tarmattavya Sarvam Idam Tatam Cha
Prasida Devesa Varan Dasva”
Significance of Anant Chaturdashi
One who observes this fast attains freedom from all the unhappiness and gloominess. As the word ‘Ananta’ means endless, Vishnu will fill the life of his true devotees with endless love and happiness. He also blesses with wealth and prosperity. Along with Hindus, people of Jain community also celebrate the festival.