Showing posts with label Anant Chaturdashi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Anant Chaturdashi. Show all posts

Hinduism And Hindu Theology - What Is Anant Chaturdashi?


The fourteenth day (chaturdashi) of the bright (waxing) half of the lunar month of Bhadrapada (August–September) is celebrated as a festival. 

  • This event takes place during the four-month period when Vishnu is said to be resting on Shesha, his snake couch, while his wife Lakshmi massaged his feet. 
  • The event is named for Shesha, who is known by several epithets, one of which is Anant (meaning "endless"). 
  • Vishnu worshippers (bhakta) should worship and meditate on this specific picture of Vishnu with Shesha and Lakshmi on this day.
  •  Before starting devotion, followers tie a thread soaked in turmeric, an eastern Indian spice, onto their forearm and make fourteen knots in it. 

Each of these components has a symbolic meaning: 

  • The string is a Shesha symbol, yellow is Vishnu's hue, and the fourteen knots represent the fourteenth day.
  • On this day, devotees should not only worship Vishnu, but also fast (upavasa). 
  • Following the festival's rules meticulously is said to bring wealth and release from exile. 
  • Keeping this promise, according to legend, allows the five Pandava brothers, heroes of the epic Mahabharata, to escape exile and reclaim their country.

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