Anant Chaturdashi, also famously known as Ganesh Visarjan, happens precisely after 10 days of Ganesh Chaturthi. It falls on the 14th day of the lunar fortnight and is considered as a day for special prayers for Hindus.
As per the rituals and traditions, those who believe in Lord Ganesha invite him to their homes for prosperity and wealth. Symbolized by a statue, Lord Ganesha is flooded with prayers and a great sense of reverence. After these 10 days of devotion and prayers, his journey comes to an end and he is thanked for all the blessings which he brought with him.
Moreover, Anant Chaturdashi also has a brief history which comes with it.
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As per the stories, legends, and beliefs, we can say that the Ganesh Visarjan began in the period of Maratha Empire mainly in the era of Chhatrapati Shivaji. However, this fun and frolic ritual was somewhat extinguished during the British Raj owing to the atrocities which they subjected to the Indians but was again revived during the Indian struggle as a source of perpetual motivation to the freedom fighters.
And as per the mythology, this festival traces an interesting story to its roots.
Did you know that there is also a story behind the reason for praying to God Anant?
Once upon a time, there was a girl, Sushila. Her father, Sumant, was a Brahmin who remarried a woman named Karkash after Sushila’s mother passed away.
But Sushila’s stepmother used to harass her and give her a lot of trouble.
This negative feeling stayed with the child Sushila who grew to be a beautiful girl, and when the time of her marriage came, she decided that she would move away with her would-be husband who was Kaundinya.
While they were travelling, they passed from a nearby river. Seeing the river, Kaundinya thought to cool himself off for a little and went for a bath.
While he was bathing his wife Sushila saw some women praying nearby. Intrigued, she joined them and asked them about their worship and they told her that they were worshipping Anant and further told them about the significance of Anant's vow.
According to the vow, they explained to Sushila that some fried flour and anarase needs to be prepared. After preparing this, half of these dishes are given to the Brahmins.
Then a cobra is made out of sacred grass named Darbha and is put in a basket made of bamboo for worshipping. The materials used for worship include scented flowers, an oil lamp, and incense sticks. Some of the food prepared is offered to the snake.
At the end of this, a silk string is tied to the wrist of the devotees. This string is called Anant. It has got 14 knots and is typically coloured with Kumkum. Womenfolk tie the knot in their left hands and the men tie it on their right hand.
The main purpose behind this vow is to earn purity of the divine and prosperity. This vow is kept for a period of 14 years by the devotees.
When Sushila got to know about Anant’s vow she decided to keep it too. The womenfolk taught her the rituals and tied the ceremonial thread on her left hand.
After that, both the husband and wife miraculously prospered. Everything was going smoothly until one day his husband Kaundinya asked her the reason for the vow and when she told him he was furious at her.
An argument followed at the end of which her husband took the thread and threw it in the fire. After this suddenly, there was a spell of misfortunes on the family and they were reduced to poverty. It was then that finally, he understood that it was all because of Anant.
He had to undergo severe penance and when he finally found Anant it was revealed to him that he was none other than the supreme Lord Vishnu. Furthermore, he was even promised by Anant that if he keeps the vow and completes it then at the end of 14 years he would successfully obtain wealth, children and happiness which he did and lived happily after.
On this very day, Ganesh Chaturthi comes to an end. And now comes the time for Ganesh Visarjan. The murti of Lord Ganesh is taken to the nearby water bodies such as a lake, river or an ocean for Visarjan.
There are colourful parades in which people who had invited Lord Ganesha to their homes take the idol for the purpose of inundating it with water. One can see the people dancing in pure divinity. The vibe of the parade is simply enchanting.
By Air. Sahara International Airport is the major airport of Mumbai. It connects some of the major flights to metropolitan cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Pune etc. This airport has two terminals. The first one is at a distance of around 30km from the city centre of Nariman point and the other one is at Santa Cruz. If you want to witness this amazing scenario of Anant Chaturdashi then the best option for you would be to stay at some nearby hotel. You can get a good accommodation option at a basic price of around Rs.2,500 per night.
By Road. Travelling to Mumbai via road would also be a great experience. The overall connectivity via road network is quite good. With a four-wheeler at hand, this would be truly a memorable ride for you. From places such as Ahmednagar, Pune and Shirdi, Mumbai lies within a distance of around 250-300 km.
By Train. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is one of the major railheads in Mumbai. If you are planning to reach Mumbai via train then it would be one of the most convenient options for you. You can easily find a train to Mumbai from major cities like Delhi, Pune, etc.
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12 September 2019
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