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Anant Chaturdashi 2018 date - Anant Chaudas

Anant Chaturdashi, also known as Anant Chaudas, is popularly noted for the immersion of Ganesha idols after Vinayaka Chaturthi – Sarvajanik Ganapati Visarjan. It falls on the 14th day of Bhadrapad shukla paksha (waxing phase of moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. Anant Chaturdashi 2018 date is September 23. Anant Puja is held on the day at homes mainly in Maharashtra. Anantapadamanabha Vrata is observed on the day in South India and is dedicated Lord Vishnu.

Ananta Chaturdashi is believed to be the day when Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Anantapadmanabha – the Ananta Sayana form of Lord Vishnu – reclining on Ananta.

In the Mahabharata, Shri Krishna advises Yudhishtara to observe Ananta Vrata for 14 years to get back his lost kingdom. A fast is observed from sunrise to sunset by Lord Vishnu devotees.

What to do on the day? - How is Anant Chaturdashi Observed

On the day Anant Chaturdashi day, devout Hindus in Maharashtra perform Vishnu Puja, Krishna Puja and Satyanarayana Puja.

The puja also consists of Yamuna Puja, Shesha Puja and Anant Puja. Water in a kalash (pot) is assumed to be Yamuna, Shesha is made of grass and Anant consists of 14 knotted threads. The 14-knot thread is known as Ananta Dharam.

The number 14 is of great significance in Anant Chaturthi Puja – during puja 14 flowers, 14 fruits, 14 dry fruits, 14 different types of leaves are offered. The food prepared also consists of 14 types of vegetables and grams. Sweets and Chana Dal are also made as prasad.