The day to worship Anant, the Infinite!
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Anant Chaturdashi, also known as Anant Chaudas, is a religious festival honoring God Vishnu. Lord Vishnu is the preserver of the Universe and the lord of many avatars (incarnations) according to Vedic tradition. Lord Anant is one of Vishnu’s incarnations, and the festival Anant Chaturdashi is named for him. The word ‘Anant’ means’infinite’ or’boundless,’ and it is also another name for God Vishnu. Anant Chaturdashi is celebrated on the Shukla paksha (waxing phase) Chaturdashi (14th day) of the Bhadrapada month, according to the Vedic calendar. This day typically falls on the same day as Ganesha Visarjan, the last ceremony of the Ganeshotsav yearly celebration. In the Vedic tradition, the festival of Anant Chaturdashi is very important. It commemorates the spirit of fraternity and unity. Despite the fact that this day is celebrated across India, individuals in different areas have different beliefs and celebrate it in diverse ways. The most significant practice of the day is the Anant Chaturdashi Vrat (fast). On this day, worshippers maintain a day-long fast and perform Puja by tying a holy thread.
When is Anant Chaturdashi in the year 2021?
Date: September 19, Sunday, Anant Chaturdashi 2021
Muhurat for Puja of Anant Chaturdashi: 06:03 AM to 05:28 AM 20th of September 23 hours and 25 minutes On September 19, 2021, at 05:59 a.m., the Chaturdashi Tithi begins. The Chaturdashi Tithi will end at 05:28 AM on September 20, 2021.
Rituals & Beliefs for Anant Chaturdashi 2021
The most important day to worship Lord Vishnu in his Anant (boundless) form is Anant Chaturdashi. It honors Lord Vishnu’s infinite forms. It’s also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for believers to worship Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesha, the River Ganga, and Shesh Nag (also known as Sheshanaga or Adishesha), the king of Nagas (serpents) upon whom Lord Vishnu rests. Anant Chaturdashi occurs ten days after Ganesh Chaturdashi, the day devoted to Lord Ganesha’s devotion. On the auspicious day of Anant Chaturdashi, devotees who install Ganesh idols in their houses on Ganesh Chaturthi conduct Visarjan (the ceremonial immersion of the idols in a sea, river, or lake). Lord Ganesha, who visits devotees on Ganesh Chaturthi day, is said to return to his home on Anant Chaturdashi day. In Vedic tradition, the Anant Chaturdashi Vrat is a significant fast. In the Agni Puran, the significance of keeping this fast is stressed. The devout usually fast for a whole day. After paying devotion to Lord Vishnu on Anant Chaturdashi, worshippers tie a string of cotton or silk with 14 knots on their hands.
Celebrations for Anant Chaturdashi 2021
The rites of Anant Chaturdashi are usually observed with zeal. Men and women devotees get together to offer prayers and take a vow in the name of Lord Anant. Devotees maintain a wooden board with 14 tilaks on it when praying, as well as different offerings such as Puris, Puaas, and Panchamrit (milk, curd, honey, and ghee). They, too, pray to the Lord for prosperity. Yamuna and Shesh Nag, the river goddesses, are also honored on this day. Yamuna is typically worshipped using 16 different ingredients. The Shesh Nag is summoned after Yamuna Puja, and his seven hoods are worshiped with sandalwood paste, vermillion, incense, lamp, and turmeric. Shesh Nag is also given sweets, milk, and fruits as prasad. With devotees tying Anant Sutra on their wrists, the Anant Chaturdashi observance comes to a conclusion. The Anant Sutra, also known as the Raksha Sutra, is a holy cotton or silk thread with 14 knots dyed with Kumkum and Turmeric. It is said to offer protection from evil. It is usually worn by males on their left hands and by ladies on their right hands. The 14 knots of the Anant Sutra represent the 14 linked granthis (glands) in the human body. Worshiping the Lord is intended to bring energy into these knots and the rest of the body. As a result, the body and mind are energized with a surge of willpower. It is suggested that devotees do these rites for 14 years. The knot in the thread is removed every year after 14 days of wearing it. Fasting for 14 years is also advised during Anant Chaturdashi. Generally, believers keep this fast for the sake of their families’ well-being. Fasters must get up early in the morning, bathe in holy water, and complete all of the Anant Chaturdashi rites. After the Puja, devotees may eat fruits, milk, or sweets. They should stay away from salt. The idols of Lord Ganesha are placed at houses in Maharashtra, where Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with fervor, and pandals are carried to a lake, river, or sea for immersion. On the day of Anant Chaturdashi, which marks the conclusion of the ten-day Ganesh Chaturthi festivities, a ceremony called as Ganesh Visarjan is performed.
Anant Chaturdashi Puja
The Hindu Calendar’s Anant Chaturdashi fast is celebrated on the 14th lunar day of the Shukla Paksha, Bhadrapad month. The 14th day must begin after 2 muhurats from the time of dawn to satisfy this requirement. It must be observed the day before if it is not done the day before. The whole rites must be performed in the early part of the day to preserve the auspiciousness. If you can’t perform it during that phase, consider doing it during the first time frame of the day’s middle phase, which is between the 7th and 9th muhurat. The Anant Chaturdashi Puja and other rites must be performed in a particular order. The ceremonies are particularly connected to Lord Vishnu’s Anant Roopa and Kshirsagar in areas of Eastern UP and Bihar (Ocean of Milk). – The devotees carry a wooden board on which fourteen vermilion tilaks are marked after bathing on this day. The plank is then covered with offerings such as 14 puas (sweet wheat bread that has been deep-fried), 14 puris (wheat bread that has been deep-fried), and Panchamrit, which represents Kshirsagar (Ocean of Milk). On the Puja altar, some people place a Kalash or an image of Lord Vishnu. – They then prepare Anant Sutra by soaking the holy thread in vermillion, saffron, and turmeric and tying 14 knots on it. – The thread and the Lord’s idol are then worshipped using the Shadoshopchar technique and the mantra below. Some people tie the thread to a cucumber and twirl it five times over the ‘Ocean of milk.’ “Anant Sansar Mahasumdre Magran Sambhyudhar Vasudeva, Anant Sansar Mahasumdre Magran Sambhyudhar Vasudeva, Anant Sansar Mahasumdre Namo Namaste, Anantrupe Vinojoyasva Hranantasutray.” – The devotees then wrap the holy thread around their wrists. It is tied around the left arm of males and the right arm of women and worn for 14 days.
What does Anant Chaturdashi 2021 mean to you?
Lord Vishnu’s day, Anant Chaturdashi, is commemorated. Another name for the lord is Anant, which means everlasting. According to legend, the lord established 14 lokas and, in order to safeguard them, he assumed 14 distinct avatars, earning him the moniker “infinite.” A devotee may please the Lord of Creation on Anant Chaturdashi and be rewarded with his blessings. The Anant Chaturdashi Vrat is very important in India and is practiced in several states. Typically, individuals follow this fast in order to get cleansed of all their previous misdeeds and to ensure the well-being of their families. It is thought that if a devotee fasts and recites the Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra, all of his desires would be granted. This fast should be kept for a total of 14 years in order to receive the Lord’s heavenly blessings and achieve everlasting happiness.
Anant Chaturdashi’s Importance in Jainism
For the Jain community, Anant Chaturdashi is an important day. On this day, Lord Vasupujya, the 12th Tirthankara of the Jains, is said to have achieved nirvana. In the final ten days of the Bhadrapada month, the Digambar Jains observe the Paryushana Parva rites. On the eve of Anant Chaturdashi, the Paryushan’s last day is observed by devotees who maintain a rigorous fast. One day following Anant Chaturdashi, the Jains observe Kshamavani, when they beg for forgiveness for their faults.
The Myths and Legends of Anant Chaturdashi
Anant Chaturdashi has a tale that is based on a Mahabharata setting. When the Pandavas lost their riches and fame in a gambling game with the Kauravas, they were sentenced to a twelve-year exile. Lord Krishna went to the jungle to see the Pandavas one day. Yudhishtira, the oldest of the Pandavas, greeted him with reverence and begged for a cure to help them escape their troubles and reclaim their lost kingdom and riches. When the Lord heard this, he instructed the Pandava king to practice Anant Chaturdashi Vrat, which would cure all of his life’s difficulties and provide him his heart’s desire. When Yudhishtira heard this, he questioned the Lord, “Who is Anant?” To which the Lord replied, “Anant is another incarnation of Lord Vishnu.”
Lord Vishnu spends an endless amount of time on the Sheshnaag. In the incarnation of Vaaman, Anant lord traversed the three lokas in only two steps. No one knows when he will begin or finish, which is why he is known as Anant, which means endless. All sorrows will vanish if one worships him on Anant Chaturdashi, and one would be able to enjoy the life he has always desired. Yudhishtira observed the fast with his family, and when it was completed successfully, he was able to reclaim his lost kingdom and riches.
Sushila and Koundinya’s Legend
Lord Krishna also told the Pandava king the following tale about Sage Koundinya and Sushila: Sage Koundinya once witnessed his wife adoring Lord Anant, according to legend. Sushila explained the importance of worshipping Lord Anant to Kaundinya when he inquired about it. Everything was denied by Kaundinya, who maintained that their riches and pleasure were the result of their hard work. He even tore the holy thread from her arm and tossed it into the flames. Since then, things have begun to deteriorate, and they have fallen into poverty. Sage Kaundinya soon recognized his error and repented of his deeds. He devoted his life searching for Lord Anant in order to atone for his sins. He even underwent a rigorous penance. Despite his best attempts, Kaundinya was unable to glimpse the god. He chose to end his life since he was dissatisfied with his attempts. A hermit materialized in front of him and led Kaundinya to a cave. In the cave, Lord Vishnu came in front of Kaundinya and instructed him to do Anant Chaturdashi Vrat for 14 years in order to reclaim his riches. The sage began to observe it for 14 years, and their lives progressively became more prosperous and happy.