New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Anant Chaturdashi is celebrated to worship Lord Vishnu in his eternal form- Anant. It falls on the tenth day of Ganesh Chaturthi and coincides with Ganesh Visarjan. This year it will be held on September 13 (Friday). On this day, idols of the elephant God are immersed in water bodies after 10 days of puja at homes and pandals. Devotees observe fast and tie a sacred thread--Anant.

Lord Anant is worshipped to attain divinity and wealth. Snakes too are worshipped as symbol animal during the vow period. Special foods and offerings are prepared on Anant Chaturdashi. Half of the offerings are distributed among Brahmins and other half to snakes.

A kumkum (red) coloured silk thread is tied to the wrist-- 14 knots. Women tie it on their left hand while men on their right.

History and Significance

The story is based on Sushila, daughter of a Brahmin. In ancient times, she took a vow and was blessed with wealth and good fortune. She tied the string around her wrist to signify the vow. Her husband did not like the thread and threw it on fire. He didn't give credits to lord Anant and said it was because of his efforts.

As a result, he went back to being poor again. On realising his mistake, Kaundilya went to the forests in search of Anant and enquired about it from all animals and plants but couldn't find Anant. After giving up, he tried to hang himself to a mango tree.

Just then a Brahmin passed by and took him to a palace. He realised that Lord Vishnu in his divine form Anant came to save him. He was told if he kept the 14-year-old vow then he will be free from all his sins and obtain wealth and prosperity.

Posted By: James Kuanal