Anant Chaturdashi

Anant Chaturdash is a significant Hindu festival that holds immense spiritual and cultural importance. Celebrated on the 14th day of the lunar month of Bhadrapada, it marks the culmination of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival. In 2023, Anant Chaturdashi falls on 28th September. In this article, we will explore the significance of Anant Chaturdashi, the rituals associated with it, and the grandeur with which it is celebrated across India.


Anant Chaturdashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s form, Lord Anant, who symbolizes the infinite and eternal power. The festival holds immense significance in Hindu mythology and is believed to bring good fortune, prosperity, and success. Devotees worship Lord Anant to seek his blessings for a fulfilling and blissful life. It is also believed that observing the rituals on this day can help overcome obstacles and attain salvation.

Rituals and Traditions:

Immersion of Ganesh idols: On Anant Chaturdashi, devotees bid farewell to Lord Ganesha by immersing idols in water bodies, symbolizing his return to Mount Kailash, his celestial abode. Elaborate processions are carried out with much enthusiasm, where devotees sing and dance in joyous celebration.

Tying Anant Vrat thread: Many devotees observe a fast called “Anant Vrat” on this auspicious day. They tie a sacred thread, usually made of silk, around their wrists, while reciting prayers and mantras. The thread is believed to possess divine powers and is worn until it naturally falls off, signifying the fulfillment of their wishes.

Offering prayers and performing rituals: Devotees visit temples and perform special prayers and rituals on Anant Chaturdashi. They offer flowers, fruits, sweets, and other traditional items to Lord Anant, seeking his blessings for a prosperous and fulfilling life. It is also common to recite religious texts and sing devotional songs during the festivities.

Celebrations across India

Anant Chaturdashi is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm across India. In Maharashtra, the festival of Ganesh Visarjan reaches its pinnacle on this day, with massive processions carrying beautifully adorned Ganesha idols through the streets to be immersed in water bodies. The air resonates with chants of “Ganpati Bappa Morya!” and the atmosphere is filled with joy and devotion.

Preparations and Decorations

In the days leading up to Anant Chaturdashi 2023, households and public spaces are adorned with vibrant decorations. Colorful rangolis (intricate designs made with colored powders), flowers, and garlands enhance the festive ambiance. Traditional lamps and diyas are lit, symbolizing the victory of light over darkness.


Q. What is Anant Chaturdashi?

Anant Chaturdashi is a Hindu festival celebrated on the 14th day of the lunar month of Bhadrapada. It marks the culmination of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival and is dedicated to Lord Anant, a form of Lord Vishnu representing the infinite and eternal power.

Q. When is Anant Chaturdashi 2023?

In 2023, Anant Chaturdashi falls on 28th September. The date varies each year based on the Hindu lunar calendar.

Q. Can anyone observe the Anant Vrat (fast)?

Yes, anyone can observe the Anant Vrat on Anant Chaturdashi. The fast involves tying a sacred thread around the wrist and abstaining from food and water for a specific period. However, it is recommended to consult with a priest or follow personal religious beliefs and physical well-being while observing the fast.

    Contact the Astrologer

    Get astrological advice from Pandit Shree Harish Gautam