The festival of Anant Chaturdashi is celebrated on the fourteenth day of the Indian month of Bhadrapada. It falls on the last day of the ten-day-long Ganeshotsav. It’s famous as the day on which the devotees do Visarjan and bid adieu to Lord Ganesha. The word ‘Anant’ means infinite or endless. Therefore, the day is also dedicated to the worship of the ‘Anant’, i.e. the infinite form of Lord Vishnu. Most of the devotees observe the Anant Vrat to get rid of their sufferings, sorrows and karmic actions on this day. Let’s know the date, tithi, significance and fasting story of Anant Chaturdashi 2023.
When is Anant Chaturdashi 2023?
This year, Anant Chaturdashi fast will be celebrated on Thursday, September 28, 2023
- Anant Chaturdashi tithi starts: 10:18 PM on Sep 27, 2023
- Anant Chaturdashi tithi ends: 06:49 PM on Sep 28, 2023
- Anant Chaturdashi Puja Muhurat: 06:12 a.m to 06:49 p.m
Significance of Anant Chaturdashi 2023
Anant Chaturdashi as a festival holds great importance in the Hindu culture. It is believed that observing a fast on this day gives freedom from all kinds of grief and sorrows. The incarnation of Lord Vishnu, ie. Lord Anant is worshipped on this day. He holds the power to free the devotees from their past sins and help them on their path toward salvation. Ganeshotsav also ends on this day with the Visarjan of the idols of Lord Ganesha.
Many devotees keep a fast for 14 years on every Anant Chaturdashi. Some other devotees donate 14 things on the day of Anant Chaturdashi, like 14 fruits, 14 types of dishes, rupees in the multiplication of 14, etc. There’s also a law to worship Shesh Nag and Yamuna along with Lord Anant. If Lord Ganesha is established in the house, then Ganesh Visarjan is done on the day of Anant Chaturdashi. Doing charity work and helping the poor and needy on Anant Chaturdashi is considered very auspicious and fruitful.
Interesting Facts about Anant Chaturdashi
Anant is one of the names of Lord Vishnu. It’s a symbol of an eternal being. It represents the creatures who are present before the creation of the earth and whose end is not known to anyone. On this day, devotees observe a fast dedicated to Lord Vishnu. In many places, a garland of 14 knots of turmeric is made. It is believed that these 14 knots symbolize the 14 worlds created by Lord Vishnu. This garland is infinite in nature. The divine mantras of Lord Vishnu are chanted on this with this garland and it is kept tied for 14 days.
Anant Chaturdashi Puja Vidhi
- On the day of Anant Chaturdashi, wake up early in the morning and take a bath. Wear fresh clothes.
- Take a vow of fasting in front of Lord Anant i.e. Lord Vishnu.
- Make a garland containing 14 knots from the cotton thread with turmeric, and kumkum.
- Offer fruits, sweets and flowers to Lord Vishnu.
- Read the Anant Chaturdashi Vrat Katha and chant the mantras related to Lord Vishnu.
- After the puja distrusted the Prasad among the devotees.
- Donate 14 things to the poor and needy to receive the divine grace of Lord Anant.
Anant Chaturdashi Fasting Story 2023
It is said that the very first Anant Chaturdashi fast was observed by the Pandavas. Lord Krishna suggested the Pandavas observe this fast. According to the legend, a long time ago there was an Ascetic (tapaswi), whose name was Sumant. His wife’s name was Diksha and his daughter’s name was Sushila. After the death of her mother, Sushila was married to Kaundinya Rishi. Sushila made an infinite/anant thread by keeping the fast of Anant Chaturdashi. This thread was broken by her husband Kaundinya by mistake. After this, Kaundinya became very sad due to the anger of Anant. When the sage realized his mistake after a long time, he fasted on Anant Chaturdashi with his wife and became happy again. Since then, this fast dedicated to Lord Anant and is observed by thousands of devotees every year.
Also, know about the interesting story about Lord Vishnu’s other Devotees
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