Anant chaturdashi 2022
When is Anant Chaturdashi in 2022?
Anant Chaturdashi is on Friday, 9th September 2022.
How to determine the dates for Anant Chaturdashi?
It is celebrated on Chaturdashi Tithi in Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada.
Significance of Anant Chaturdashi:
The first belief is that on the day of Ganpati Visarjan (the festival of Lord Ganesha ends on this day) Ganpati ji is immersed so that he can be welcomed with great pomp the next year.
The second reason for this fast is that on the day of Anant Chaturdashi, people listen to the glories and stories of Lord Vishnu, read the Vedas, hence it is called Anant Vrat or Anant Chaturdashi.
According to legend:
When Maharaja Yudhishthira performed the Rajasuya Yagya, the construction of the Yagya Mandap was very wonderful, that Yagya Mandap was so wonderful that both the water and the land seemed to be one. There was no difference between water and land. No one could understand where we had come.
Once Duryodhana also came to that yagya-mandapa and mistaking a pond as a place, fell in it. Draupadi ridiculed him by calling him 'Blind, the child of the blind'. This made Duryodhana very angry. This thing hit his heart like an arrow. Hatred arose in his mind and he decided to take revenge on the Pandavas. Thoughts began to arise in his mind to avenge that insult. To take revenge, he thought of taking revenge for that insult by defeating the Pandavas in gaming. He defeated the Pandavas in gambling.
On being defeated, the Pandavas had to undergo exile for twelve years as promised. While living in the forest, the Pandavas continued to suffer many hardships. One day when Lord Krishna came to meet Yudhishthira, Yudhishthira told him his sorrow and asked a way to remove the misery.
Then Shri Krishna said- 'O Yudhishthira! You worship the infinite God methodically, by this all your troubles will be removed and your lost kingdom will be regained.'
In ancient times there was a noble ascetic Brahmin named Sumant. His wife's name was Diksha. He had a supremely beautiful and pious daughter. Whose name was Sushila. When Sushila grew up, her mother Diksha died.
After the death of his wife, Sumant married a woman named Karkasha. Sushila was married by Brahmin Sumanta to Kaundinya Rishi. On the matter of giving something in the farewell, the sarcasm tied some bricks and pieces of stones to the son-in-law.
The sage Kaundinya got sad and went towards his ashram with his wife. But it was night on the way. They started evening on the river bank.
Sushila saw that there were many women wearing beautiful clothes and worshiping some deity. On being asked by Sushila, he methodically explained the importance of the eternal fast. Sushila performed that fast there and tied a string of fourteen knots in her hand and came to the sage Kaundinya.
When Kaundinya asked Sushila about Dore, she told the whole thing. He broke the string and threw it into the fire, which insulted Lord Anant. As a result, sage Kaundinya started living unhappy. All his property was destroyed. When he asked his wife the reason for this poverty, Sushila talked about burning the string of infinite God.
Repenting, sage Kaundinya went to the forest to attain Anantha Dore. Desperately wandering in the forest for several days, one day he fell on the ground.
Then the infinite God appeared and said - 'O Kaundinya! You had despised me, that's why you had to suffer so much. You are sad Now you have repented. I am happy with you Now go home and do eternal fasting methodically. By fasting for fourteen years, your misery will be removed. You will be endowed with wealth. Kaundinya did the same and he got freedom from all the troubles.'
On the orders of Shri Krishna, Yudhishthira also fasted on the eternal God, due to which the Pandavas were victorious in the war of Mahabharata and continued to rule for a long time.