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nullAnanta Chaturdashi is the 10th and penultimate day of the great Ganesha Utsav or festival that begins with Vinayak Chaturthi. In Sanskrit, 'Ananta' means eternal and 'Chaturdashi' means fourteenth. As such, it falls on the 14th day of the bright fortnight or 'Shukla Paksha' of the Hindu month Bhadrapada.

At the end of this day, Ganesha is given a grand farewell and the idols that were installed for the festival are carried to the nearby river, lake or sea front and immersed with a lot of devotion and fanfare amidst incessant chants of the slogan: "Ganpati bappa morya / Agle baras tu jaldi aa" - "O Lord Ganesha, come again next year." It is celebrated across India, especially in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Although this festival is more popular for its colorful Ganesha immersion processions, Anant Chaturdashi is actually devoted to the worship of Lord Vishnu. In fact, the word 'Ananta' refers to the immortal one, i.e., Vishnu - the God head of the Hindu Trinity. Hindus invoke the blessings of Lord Vishnu praying to his image in which he is seen reclining on the mythical serpent Sheshnaga floating on the sea. Read Full Article

September 18, 2013 at 3:43 am
(1) RK Paul says:

Anant Chaturdashi is a celebration based on calculation of time passed and left for the earth. The simple calculation is as below:
1. Kali yug = 4, 32, 000 x 1 year
2. Dwa par yug = 4, 32, 000 x 2 years
3. Treta yug = 4, 32, 000 x 3 years
4. Sat Yug = 4, 32, 000 x 4 years

Total years i.e. 4,32,000 X 10 years makes one Chaturdashi. Such 71 Chaturdashi make one Manvantar and such 14 Manvantar make one srushti. Presently 7th Manvantar is running and its name is Vaivasvat.

To mark this day a thread having 14 knots (denoting 14 Manvantars) is tied on the upper elbow of RHS arm and its 7th knot is coloured to mark 7th running Manvantar.

Please get it checked yourself, whether it comes 1.35 x 10 raised to power 17 seconds. Or, simply 10 raised to power 17 seconds.

Worshiping the idol of Anant (god) does not clarifies the day of celebration. Eat what you like, of course vegetables, sing songs or dance of your choice.

September 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm
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