Anant Chaturdashi on Sunday, September 19, 2021
Anant Chaturdashi is a festival observed and celebrated by Jains and Hindus. It falls on the 14th day of the bright fortnight or 'Shukla Paksha' of the Bhadrapada month in the Hindu Calendar. Anant Chaturdashi, also known as Anant Chaudas, falls 10 days after Ganesh Chaturthi. On this day, people travel to the waterfront with the idols, large and small, dancing and singing in large processions. This is an important day in the Jain calendar of festivities.
Anant Chaturdashi has two main significances. The first is that on this day is that it is the day of the immersion of Ganpati (also called Ganapati Visarjan). On this day, the festival of Ganpati comes to an end, the installed Murti's of Lord Ganpati are taken to a lake, river or a sea in great processions to be immersed in the waters. Thus Lord Ganesha is departed, only to be welcomed the next year with equal excitement.
The second reason for Anant Chaturdashi is that on this day people recite and listen to the stories and legends of God Vishnu who is Anant, the infinite, and recite hymns from the Vedas. This is sometimes also called Ananta Vrat.