Anant Chaturdashi is a Jain Festival which is associated with the worship of Lord Vishnu, who lies on the snake Anant and is also known as Lord Anant. Anant Chaturdashi is the Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi of theBhadrapada Maas, and the last day of the celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi. On this day, the idols of Lord Ganesh are immersed as devotees bid farewell to the Lord until the next year.
Anant Chaturdashi 2017 is on 27th September, which is the lunar day of Bhadrapada Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi.Let us take a look at the interesting legend behind the festival of Anant Chaturdashi.
Anant Chaturdashi Vrat Katha
1. Once there was a Brahmin by the name of Sumant. He had a young child named Sushila from his wife Diksha. But Sumant then married another woman named Karkash.
2. Sumant’s new wife Karkash did not take good care of his child Sushila and this hurt the feelings of the child. So when Sushila grew up, she narried a man named Kaundinya and went away from her home.
3. One day when Sushila was bathing in the river, she saw some other women who were praying to Lord Anant and asking for his blessings. Sushila also decided to pray to Lord Anant and when she did so, she and her husband were blessed with great wealth and prosperity.
4. All this was the result of a thread that was tied to the wrist of Sushila, which gained Lord Anant’s blessings for her. But her husband remarked one day that they were wealthy and prosperous not because of a simple thread, and took it off his wife’s wrist and threw it away.
5. Sushila and her husband Kaundinya became poor at once as they lost all their wealth. This is because they weren’t blessed by Lord Anant anymore. Both Kaundinya and his wife were quite worried about the welfare of their family.
6. That is when Kaundinya realized his mistake and started observing strict penance to Lord Anant. After 14 years of devoted worship he and Sushila were blessed by Lord Anant again and they regained their wealth and status in society.
7. Thus the day of Anant Chaturdashi gained importance as a day of pleasing Lord Vishnu and seeking his blessings for the wellbeing and prosperity of the life of one’s family.
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