Anant chaturdashi :


Anant Chaturdashi is also the last day of the Hindu festival of  Ganeshotsav.  It is generally the tenth  day after Ganesh Chaturthi  and all the Ganesh  idols brought into homes and communities are immersed in the sevisarjana or nearby lakes and rivers.On this day, people travel to the waterfront with the idols, large and small, dancing and singing in large processions. God Ganesha is departed, only to be welcomed the next year with equal excitement.

In parts of Bihar and Eastern UP, the festival is closely linked to kshirsagar (Ocean of Milk) and God Vishnu’s Anant Roopa. Fourteen tilaks (small vertical strips) of vermilion are made on a wooden plank. Fourteen puri(fried wheat bread) and fourteen pua(deep fried sweet wheat bread) are placed on these vermilion strips. A bowl containing Panchamrit (made of Milk, Curd, Jaggery, Honey and Ghee) symbolizing kshirsagar (Ocean of Milk) is placed on this wooden plank.A thread having fourteen knots, symbolizing God Anant is wrapped on a cucumber and is swirled five times in this “Ocean of Milk”. Later this Anant thread is tied on the right arm above the elbow by men. Women tie this on their left arm. This Anant thread is removed after fourteen days.



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