Annapurna Jayanti 2021: Getting to Know This Occasion

Tue, Dec 14, 2021
Team Astroyogi   By Team Astroyogi
Tue, Dec 14, 2021
Team Astroyogi   By Team Astroyogi
Annapurna Jayanti 2021: Getting to Know This Occasion

Annapurna Jayanti is a unique Hindu festival that celebrates food. The devotees celebrate this festival to pay homage to Goddess Annapurna - the Goddess of food. Read the article to know about this ancient festival's date, time, significance, and rituals. 

One of the ancient Hindu festivals that celebrate food is Annapurna Jayanti. According to the traditional Hindu Lunar calendar, Annapurna Jayanti is celebrated on Purnima (full moon day) in the Margashirsha month. According to the English calendar, this occasion falls in the month of December.

This occasion commemorates the birth anniversary of Goddess Annapurna, who we all know as the 'Goddess of food and nourishment.' 

Let’s get to know more about this auspicious day. 

Annapurna Jayanti Date And Time

The date and time for Annapurna Jayanti 2021 are given below.

  • Annapurna Jayanti - 19th December 2021 (Sunday)
  • Purnima Tithi (Starts) - 07:24 AM, 18th December 2021
  • Purnima Tithi (Ends) - 10:05 AM, 19th December 2021

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Annapurna Jayanti Significance: Why This Day Holds Such Importance? 

As mentioned above, the Margashirsha Purnima Tithi marks the day when Goddess Annapurna’s form came into being. Goddess Annapurna is an avatar or incarnation of the divine Goddess Parvati. In Hindi, the word 'anna' signifies 'food', and 'purna' denotes 'complete'. You can guess from the name itself why Goddess Annapurna is the Goddess of food and nourishment.

On this day, the devotees worship Goddess Annapurna with the utmost dedication, reverence, and devotion. It is believed that devotees who worship and pray to Goddess Annapurna on the full moon of Margashirsha month get happiness and good fortune. On this day, the devotees perform Puja to extend their gratitude to the divine deity for showering them with nourishing food. Devotees who worship the holy Goddess with utmost zeal, enthusiasm, and gusto are also believed to never face any food shortage or scarcity of money.

According to the Hindu mythological legends, during ancient times, when there was a shortage of food on Earth, all human beings prayed to Lord Shiva along with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. Goddess Parvati (Gauri) then appeared as Goddess Annapurna, the Goddess of food, to replenish the food on Earth so that humankind can get nourishing food. The day Goddess Annapurna appeared was 'Purnima' or the full moon day of the Margashirsha month as per the Hindu calendar. From this day onwards, the day is celebrated as Annapurna Jayanti. Goddess Annapurna makes sure that all her devotees get sufficient food for sustenance, especially those living in Kashi. On this particular day, 'Tripura Bhairavi Jayanti' is also celebrated by many devotees.
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Annapurna Jayanti Rituals You Should Know About

Annapurna Jayanti is observed in various parts of the country, and thus this occasion has different traditions and customs associated with it. Some of the rituals observed on this day are given below. 

  • The womenfolk mainly observe the rituals associated with the Annapurna Jayanti Puja.
  • On Annapurna Jayanti, devotees, especially the womenfolk, keep a day-long strict fast for Goddess Annapurna to seek her divine blessings. The women devotees do not consume water or food throughout the day. They only break the fast at night after worshiping Goddess Annapurna by performing the Shodashopachara Puja, which includes sixteen rituals.
  • On the day of Annapurna Jayanti, wake up early in the morning. After that, take a bath and wear fresh and clean clothes. 
  • Clean the entire house, kitchen, and stove, and sprinkle Gangajal (water from the Ganges) to purify the house, kitchen, and stove.
  • Offer flowers, turmeric, rice, and kumkum to the stove. 
  • Along with this, Lord Shiva and Goddess Annapurna, i.e., Goddess Parvati, are also worshiped. 
  • The devotees perform the Puja rituals in their houses. A small mandap is made, and Goddess Annapurna's idol is installed at the place of worship.
  • The Goddess is worshipped with Shodashopachara Puja. Devotees also offer ‘Annabhishekam’ to the divine Goddess Annapurna.
  • After worshiping by following all the rituals, pray to the Goddess that your house should always be filled with food grains. Pray that there should never be any shortage of food, money, and grains in your house. 
  • Recite the mantras dedicated to the Goddess and listen to the Katha (story). Conclude the Puja with the Aarti. 
  • On this day, reciting the ‘Annapurna Devi Ashtakam’ is also regarded to be very auspicious. 
  • On this occasion, donate food to the poor and the needy. 

How Is Annapurna Jayanti Celebrated?

As mentioned above, Annapurna Jayanti is celebrated with varied traditions and practices. For instance, in the Eastern part of India, like West Bengal, Annapurna Jayanti is celebrated in the month of 'Chaitra.' Additionally, Goddess Annapurna is worshipped on the 'Chaturthi' or fourth day of Durga Navratri in most of the South Indian temples. On this auspicious occasion, special rituals are conducted in temples dedicated to Goddess Annapurna in Karnataka, Varanasi, and Madhya Pradesh. A different type of reverence and religious fervor can be seen in these places.

The devotees celebrating this occasion at home offer prayers to the stove, kitchen, gas, and other items to please Goddess Annapurna. It is believed that pleasing her and earning her blessings would mean no shortage of house utilities. Thus, on this auspicious day, all devotees worship Goddess Annapurna with complete devotion and reverence.

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