Anant Chaturdashi 2016

Anant Chaturdashi/Anant Chaudas - 2016

  * In 2016 Anant Chaturdashi Fast will be observed on Thursday, 15th September 2016.

** Anant Chaturdashi  (or) Anant Chaudas

* Anant Chaturdashi is celebrated on Chaturdashi of Shukla Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada.
* Lord Vishnu is worshipped on this day.
* The Uday Tithi is considered in this fast.
* The effect of this fast increases when Poornima Tithi combines with this fast.
* Hence, Chaturdashi till noon is considered good.
* Anant’ is one of the form of lord Vishnu. It is said that if this fast is observed for 14 years then the individual observing the fast will attain the Vishnu Loka.

* Lord Krishna is considered a form of Vishnu and Sheshnaga is considered a form of Kala or time. That is why, both are worshipped together on this day.

* In 2015 Anant Chaturdashi Fast was observed on Sunday, 27th September 2015.

 * In 2016 Anant Chaturdashi Fast will be observed on Thursday, 15th September 2016.

 * In 2017 Anant Chaturdashi Fast will be observed on Tuesday, 5th September 2017.

 * In 2018 Anant Chaturdashi Fast will be observed on Monday, 24th September 2018.

 * In 2019 Anant Chaturdashi Fast will be observed on Thursday, 12th September 2019.

 * In 2020 Anant Chaturdashi Fast will be observed on Tuesday, 1st September 2020.

** Method of Worship

* A person should wear clean clothes after completing the morning ablutions.
* Then, place a Mandap on a wooden seat ( chauki ).
* Place a statue of lord Vishnu and Sesh Naga on the five grains of rice and Kusha grass.
* A thread is then coloured with turmeric and 14 knots are tied into it.
* It is kept in front of the statue of lord Vishnu.
* Then, it is worshipped with incense, rice, flowers, lamp and Prasada.
* The Anantdev in the form of thread is worn on the right arm.
* Women wear this thread on their left hand.
* This thread when worn bestows prosperity and wealth.
* Salt is prohibited when the fast is observed on this day.
* The 14 knots of Anant are the symbol of 14 lokas.  

* Keep a 14 granthiyukta anant sutra (a thread with 14 knots) along with the idol of Lord Vishnu and worship both. 
* Offer roli, moli, sandalwood paste, flowers, deep and sweets and chant the following mantra while offering each item. 

 “Om anantay namoh namah”

Namaste devdeveshe namaste dharnidhar
Namaste sarnagendra namaste purushottam
Nyunatiriktani parisfutani
Yanih karmani maya krutani
Sarvani chetani mam kshamasva
Prayahi tushtah punragmay
Data cha vishnurbhagavannantah
Pratigrahita ch sa ev vishnuh
Tasmattavya sarvamidam tatam cha
Prasid devesh varan ddasva

After the puja, men should tie the rakshasutr on right hand while women on the left. Chant the following mantra while tying the rakshasutra: 

Anantasansarmahasamudre magnan samabhyuddhar vasudev
Anantrupe viniyojitatmamahyanantrupay namonamaste

* A Mantra remembering lord Anant is chanted at the end of the worship.
* The Mantra is: -
" Anant Sarv Naganamdhipa Sarvkamada Sada Bhuyat Prasannomain Bhakatanabhayam-Karah ". 


अनन्तचतुर्दशी के दिन अनन्त भगवान्‌की पूजा की जाती है और अलोना (नमक रहित) व्रत रखा जाता है। इसमें उदयव्यापिनी तिथी ली जाती है, पूर्णिमाका समायोग होनेसे इसका फल और बढ जाता है ।

 व्रत   एवं    पूजा  विधान
स्नान के बाद व्रतके लिये यह संकल्प करे -

‘ममाखिलपापक्षयपूर्वकशुभफलवृद्धये श्रीमदनन्तप्रीतिकामनया अनन्तव्रतमहं करिष्ये।’

वासस्थानको स्वच्छ और सुशोभित करे । वहाँ कलश स्थापित कर उसकी पूजा करे । तत्पश्चात्‌ कलशपर शेषशायी भगवान्‌ विष्णुकी मुर्ति रखे और मुर्तिके सम्मुख चौदह ग्रन्थियुक्त अनन्तसूत्र (डोरा) रखे। इसके बाद ‘ॐ अनन्ताय नमः’ इस नाम मन्त्रसे भगवान्‌ विष्णुसहित अनन्तसूत्रका षोडशोपचारपूर्वक पूजन करे । इसके बाद उस पूजित अनन्तसूत्रको यह मन्त्र पढकर पुरुष दाहिने और स्त्री बायें हाथमें बाँध ले -

अनन्तसंसारमहासमुद्रे मग्नान्‌ समभ्युद्धर वासुदेव ।

अनन्तरुपे विनियोजितात्मा ह्यनन्तरुपाय नमो नमस्ते ॥

अनन्तसूत्र बाँधनेके बाद ब्राह्मणको नैवेध देकर स्वयं ग्रहण करना चाहिये और भगवान्‌ नारायणका ध्यान करते रहना चाहिये। पूजाके अनन्तर परिवारजनोंके साथ इस व्रतकी कथा सुननी चाहिये।



Story of Anant Chaturdashi
According to old epics, Pandavas were defeated by Kauravas in a gambling game and they got an exile of 12 years. One day lord Krishna came to see Pandavas. Yudhisthir that day told the whole story to him and asked the remedy from that hardship. Sri Krishna then told him to observe the fast of lord Anant which will help him to get his lost kingdom back. Lord Krishna also told him a story. The story is as follows:--

There was a Brahmin called Sumant in ancient times. This Brahmin had a daughter whose name was Sushila. Brahmin married Sushila with sage Kaudinya when she reached the marriageable age. Sage Kaudinya took Sushila and went towards his home. The night grew up while they both were walking. The sage started doing evening prayers at the bank of the river. Sushila then saw that a lot of women were worshipping a god there. She went to the women and asked them that whom they were worshipping. Those women told her about the significance of fast for the worship of lord Anant. Sushila also decided to observe this fast when she came to know about this fast and came to sage Kaudinya after tying the thread of 14 Knots on her arm.

Kaudinya asked the mystery behind the thread tied on Sushila’s arm and Sushila told the whole story to him. After listening to all this, Kaudinya broke the thread and threw it in fire. This resulted in dishonour of lord Anant because of which the sage was not able to stay happy ever and his whole wealth finished. Then, Sushila reminded him of the Anant thread. The sage then regretted his act and went to forest in the search of that thread. He fell on land while searching for the thread. Then, lord Anant appeared in front of him and said that he faced a lot of problems since

he had dishonoured him. He told him to go back home and asked him to observe the fast for 14 years. It will eliminate all his pains and he will become wealthy and prosperous again.


Dharmaraj(Yudhishtira) wants to know now who this Ananta represents; whether he is Aadishesha or takshaka, or Brahma. Lord Krishna replies that Ananta is none other than He Himself; ananta is the endless time. you can call him Hari, Vishnu, Krishna, shiva, Surya, Adishesha or Brahma. Having resided in the hearts of all creatures, and assuming different avataar for protecting the good and punishing the wicked, I am that parmeshwar Himself. In me reside all the 14 lokas, 14 indras, 12 adityas, 11 rudras, 8 vasus, 7 rishis,the earth and the sky, rivers and mountains. Saying thus the Lord displays his vishwarupa to Dharmaraja.


 One should keep  the thread ( Anantstra) tied for at least 3-4 months.If the thread breaks or becomes dirty, then one should :-

* untie the thread and keep under the Peepal tree, (or)
* keep in a Tulsi plant, (or)
* put it in a flowing river ( visarjan).


On Anant Chaturdashi Ganesh Mahotsav ends and Ganpati Visarjan takes place.

 Anant Chaturdashi is Ganesh festival’s last day. On this day the idol of Ganapati is immersed in river, lake or sea which is also known as Ganapati Visarjan. This festival is celebrated mainly in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat in India. The festival falls on the fourteenth day of Bhadrapad month and is observed on the tenth day after Ganesh Chaturthi. Both males and females wear a sacred thread of Anant Chaudas round the neck, arm or sometimes tie it at the main entrance of their homes. It is believed that by doing this Lord Ganesh will bless them with prosperity, happiness and wealth while leaving the house and will take away all their sorrows and miseries.




  1. Thanks for sharing...
    What if the thread with 14 knots break after we tie it to left or right hand... or is there any thing like we have to keep it for these many days coz it may not stay there for a whole year..,

    1. One should keep the thread ( Anantstra) tied for at least 3-4 months.If the thread breaks or becomes dirty, then one should :-

      * untie the thread and keep under the Peepal tree, (or)
      * keep in a Tulsi plant, (or)
      * put it in a flowing river ( visarjan).


  2. Please provide date ,tithi for prodosh vrat in 2016

    1. Many many thanks for seeing my blog. I have provided Trayodashi(Pradosh) Dates - 2016. Kindly see it.