Ganpati Visarjan – What is Anant Chaturdashi?
Beginning from Ganesh Chaturthi, the 10-day stay of Ganpati ends on Anant Chaturdashi with Ganpati Visarjan. This year it is starting from 22nd August to 1st September. Anant Chaturdashi signifies the return of Lord Ganesha to his home, Mount Kailash. Although the stay of Ganpati at devotees homes’ can be for one & half-day, three days, five days, seven days, Ganpati visarjan on Anant Chaturdashi is considered to be the most auspicious one. The festival is celebrated in many parts of India, but Mumbai beats them all in celebrations and grandeur. Most of the educations institutions and offices remain closed on this day.
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Celebrations of Anant Chaturdashi – Ganpati Visarjan
There are various rituals connected with the Ganpati Visarjan. As per the shubh muhurat, Udwasana Mantra is chanted before moving the Ganpati idol from its place. The Ganpati idol is first moved towards the North-Eastern direction. Then Uttarang Pooja is conducted, in which Ganpati is worshipped with all the five elements – Deep, Dhoop, Gandh, Pushp, and Naivedya. Devotees ask for the pardon from Ganpati for any mistakes they may have committed knowingly or unknowingly. Devotees who plan to bring back Ganesha the next year, invite him to return next year. Women of the house offer curd to Ganpati. Procession for immersion starts right after that.
Ganesha Visarjan – Ganpati Visarjan
Anant Chaturdashi is also considered sacred for worshipping Lord Vishnu. Devotees keep fast during the day and tie the sacred thread, called Ananta Sutra. Knotted at 14 places and colored with haldi and kumkum, Anant Sutra is believed to protect the devotees from all troubles. After tying Anant Sutra in the afternoon, devotees offer food and donation in forms of clothes, utensils, sweets, fruits, and money to the Brahmins. No salt is consumed in any form during the vrat by the devotees.
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