Anant Chaturdashi or Ganesh Visarjan is a festival that comes 10 days after Ganesh Chaturthi. It falls on the fourteenth day of the lunar fortnight.
The day falls 10 days after Ganesh Chaturthi for a reason. On Ganesh Chaturthi, people invite Lord Ganesha into their home for a visit and during this period devotees offer prayer and worship him. After 10 days when his visit comes to an end, he is thanked for his auspicious visit and for blessings.
After that, Ganesha’s departure takes place amid ceremony and by immersing the statue in the water body and prayers are offered.
Significance of Anant Chaturdashi
This day signifies the last day devoted to Lord Ganesha’s prayers and it is also the day to worship Lord Anant. Those who believe take part in special prayers and then tie a holy thread on their wrist. They also take an oath to Lord Anant. In return, the god blesses them with prosperity and fortune.
History of Anant Chaturdashi
Although it is not clear that when the celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi and Ganesh Visarjan first began but it became a large scale and public ritual in the Maratha Empire in the era of the legendary Shivaji.
At the time of British rule, the celebration was reduced but later it was rekindled again during the freedom movement for it allowed the Hindu’s to meet publically when gatherings were otherwise banned.
Ganesh Visarjan Shubh Muhurat
This year, the Anant Chaturdashi puja muhurat starts from 12 September at 7.27 am and will last till 13 September at 4.05 am. The duration for the idols to be taken for immersion after the puja and aarti conclude will last for 20 hours and 38 minutes.