Anant Chaturdashi


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Anant Chaturdashi

August-September; 14th day of waxing half of Hindu month of Bhadrapada
Among Hindus, this is a day for worshipping and meditating on the god Vishnu. A day-long fast is observed, with offerings of fruits, sweets, and flowers to Vishnu. A thread colored in turmeric paste and having 14 knots is tied on the upper right arm while meditating in the belief that it will protect the worshipper from evil and bring prosperity and happiness. The Pandava princes in exile observed this fast on the advice of Sri Krishna and as a result, they defeated the Kauravas and regained their lost kingdom ( see Bhishma Ashtami).
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BkFest-1937, p. 160
RelHolCal-2004, p. 174
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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The trouble started on September 3, the Anant Chaturdashi day, when some pro-Hindutva organisations tried to raise an arch on the immersion procession route, depicting the killing of the Mughal warrior Afzal Khan by Maratha King Shivaji recorded in the Maratha history.