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Anaghashtami – Dedicated to Anagha Devi – How to Perform Anaghashtami Vrata?

Dedicated to Dattatreya and Goddess Anagha Devi, Anaghashtami is observed on the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in every Hindu lunar month.  Anagha Devi or Anagha Lakshmi Devi, is the combined incarnation of Goddess Saraswati, Kali and Lakshmi. Anaghashtami Vrat is performed mainly on the Krishna Paksha Ashtami or Bahula Ashtami (eight day during the dark phase of a Hindu fortnight or the eight day after full moon).

The puja is performed for peace and prosperity of the family. All family members who follow Hindu tradition participate in the puja and rituals.

How to Perform Anaghashtami Vrat?

The puja is usually performed in the morning.

The important persons performing the puja (husband and wife) should observe complete fast on the day.

The puja area is decorated with Rangoli.

Pictures or murtis of Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi and Dattatreya are placed on the puja table – a four legged wooden table.

Raw rice (akshata) and Kalash filled with water is kept on the puja. The kalash is filled with water; few flowers and a betel nut. The mouth of the kalash is decorated with a mango leaves and is closed with a coconut. The kalash is decorated with kumkum and sandal wood paste.

A little amount of raw rice is place on all eight directions on the wooden table.

Betel leaf, betel nut, rice, coins, fruits and 3 coconuts are placed near the murtis or pictures of gods.

A red thread bundle is placed near the murti or photo of Dattatreya.

Puja is performed – Lighting of small lamp, incense, agarbatti are lighted.

Mantra to be chanted is “Shri Anaghalaxmi Sahit Shri Anaghadattaya Namaha”

All people pray of welfare of the family.

The red thread is tied on all family members after the puja.