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Anant Chaturdashi

Anant Chaturdashi falls in Bhadrapad Shukla Chaturdashi. It is observed religiously by the Hindus and Jains in India and Nepal. This particular festival marks the grand observances of Ganapati Visarjana and wearing of sacred silk thread that is regionally known as Ananta. The day is also marked with various types of prayers and religious rituals as per the ancient Hindu tradition.

According to the Hindu traditional calendar, Anant Chaturdashi is grandly performed on the fourteenth day (Chaturdashi) of the bright fortnight (Shukla paksha) of Bhadrapad month. Lord Anant, a form of Lord Vishnu is the principal deity of this observance. Lord Shesh and Yamuna are the subordinate deities of this observance. In order to acquire lost opulence, this consecrated religious observance is primarily performed.

The last day of the Ganeshotsav, a Hindu festival is popularly known as Anant Chaturdashi. It is usually the tenth or eleventh day after Ganesh Chaturthi. It is on this taken in procession to be immersed in the sea or other nearby water bodies such as lakes and rivers. Large procession is marked with singing and dancing activities. People wholeheartedly depart Lord Ganesh, only to be warmly welcomed the next year with same joy and excitement.

In certain parts of Eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the festival is largely linked to Lord Vishnu’s Anant Roopa and kshirsagar (Ocean of Milk). It is to be highly noted that small vertical strips or fourteen tilaks of vermilion are attractive made on a wooden plank. On these vermilion strip, fourteen pua(deep fried sweet wheat bread) and Fourteen puri(fried wheat bread) are placed. A bowl of Panchamrit is also placed on it. On a cucumber, a threat having fourteen knots is placed on the wooden plank. After the puja, the Anant thread is rightly tied on the right arm above the elbow by all the religious men.

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