Anant Chaturdashi


Anant Chaturdashi or Anant Chaturthi or Anant Chaudas is an auspicious festival in Hindu and Jain communities. It is observed on the Shukla paksha Chathurthi tithi of Bhadrapada month. This day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Ganesh Visarjan is usually falling on this day. Ideally Lord Vishnu and Lord Ganesha are worshipped in their Anant form- an infinite divine form.

Anant Chaturdashi 2023

Thu , 28th Sep 2023

Significance

In Jainism, Lord Vasupujya is worshipped on this day. Lord Vasupujya blesses a state of Stillness and calmness unperturbed by both happy and sorrow life situations. In Hinduism, this day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Ganesha. It is a common practice to observe Anant Vrat, a sincere fasting process to remove Karmic reactions, sorrows, and sufferings, to attain a state of Nirvana. The sanskrit word ‘Anant’ translates to ‘limitless or endless’ and denotes Lord Vishnu’s reclining clam posture on Adisesha in the middle of Ksheera sagara. Anant Daram a special process of tying a Raksha Sutra is a significant process of this festival. Raksha Sutra is a cotton thread of fourteen thread count and with fourteen knots. The 14 knots denote the 14 glands in the human body. The thread is tied after the pooja and is believed to hold the divine energy of Lord Vishnu.

Rituals

Anant Chaturdasi is a popular festival in Bihar, Orissa and Eastern regions of Uttar Pradesh. People worship, Lord Vishnu reclining on Adiseshan in Kshirsagara, the Ocean of Milk. The pooja samagri is prepared a day before the Anant Chaturdashi day. On Anant Chaudas, Vishnu devotees clean and sanctify the pooja altar. Wash and set a wooden plank in the worship altar. Place 14 long 'tilaks' with Kumkum to invoke Lord Vishnu. Followed by placing delicacies-14 puris, fresh fried wheat breads and 14 Malpoos, a deep-fried Indian sweet bread on the 14 tilaks. Then the family members gather and fill a bowl with Panchamrita- a mix of milk, curd, jaggery, honey, and ghee, and place it on every tilaks of the wooden plank. This mix signifies the Divine Ocean of Milk, the Kshirsagara, in the Anant Chaturdashi Puja Vidhi. After this, a long thread called Sutra is taken. Tie fourteen knots, wound it on a Cucumber which is twirled five times in the Panchamrit or Ocean of Milk. Perform pooja, offer flowers, incense and neivedhya. 

Chant Vishnu Sahasranama and ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’. Perform Aarti, then the thread called Raksha Sutra is tied on the right arm wrist. This process is called Anant Dharam. This sutra is worn for a period of 14 days and then this thread is removed to be tied on a tree or dropped into a water body. On this auspicious day, Anant Vrat pooja is said to attract the divine energies of Lord Vishnu. Later devotees may visit a Lord Vishnu/Krishna temple and offer prayers to the Lord. Donation of food or clothes are considered auspicious today.

Benefits

  • This Vrat relieves from stubborn financial sufferings, and financial imbalances
  • This Anant Chathurthashi Vrat is a boon for the riches, gives success in all financial endeavours to attain material blessings.
  • Vishnu Worship on this day ensures smooth, successful functioning in businesses
  • Lord Vishnu blesses prosperity, great financial freedom to entrepreneurs who are in debts and losses
  • He also bestows successful recovery from financial struggles.
  • Lord Vishnu’s Ananta form bestows financial supremacy, security, endurance to the wealth accumulated. Helps to clear loans, debts.

Anant Chaturdashi festival dates between 2019 & 2029

Year

Date

2019

Thursday, 12th of September

2020

Tuesday, 1st of September

2021

Sunday, 19th of September

2022

Friday, 9th of September

2023

Thursday, 28th of September

2024

Tuesday, 17th of September

2025

Saturday, 6th of September

2026

Friday, 25th of September

2027

Tuesday, 14th of September

2028

Saturday, 2nd of September

2029

Friday, 21st of September

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