Annapurna Jayanti is one of the ancient and unique Hindu festivals. The day commemorates birth anniversary of Goddess Annapurna, the Goddess of nourishment. Goddess Annapurna is known to be an avatar of Goddess Parvati.
Annapurna Jayanti is celebrated on ‘Purnima’ (full moon day) of ‘Margashirsha’ month in the traditional Hindu calendar. This observance falls in the month of December as per the English calendar. On this day Hindu devotees worship Goddess Annapurna with complete devotion and dedication.
The rituals of the puja are primarily observed by the women folk. Annapurna Jayanti is celebrated in different parts of the country with varied traditions and customs. In the eastern regions, including West Bengal, Annapurna Jayanti is observed in the Hindu month of ‘Chaitra’. In most of the south Indian temples, Goddess Annapurna is worshipped on the ‘Chaturthi’ (4th day) of the auspicious Durga Navratri festival. Special rituals are held on this day in Goddess Annapurna temples in Varanasi, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.
How Annapurna Jayanti is celebrated
Hindu devotees perform the puja in their house. A small mandap is created and an idol of Goddess Annapurna is kept at the place of worship.
On the day of Annapurna Jayanti, the Goddess is worshipped with ‘Shodashopachar’. Devotees offer ‘Annabhishekam’ to Goddess Annapurna.
Women keep a fast on Annapurna Jayanti to please Goddess Annapurna and seek her divine blessings. They do not eat or drink anything throughout the day. The fast is broken at night after worshipping Goddess Annapurna.
Reciting ‘Annapurna Devi Ashtakam’ is considered very auspicious on this day.
Important Timings On Annapurna Jayanti
Sunrise December 18, 2021 7:06 AM
Sunset December 18, 2021 5:40 PM
Purnima Tithi Begins December 18, 2021 7:24 AM
Purnima Tithi Ends December 19, 2021 10:05 AM
Significance of Annapurna Jayanti:
Annapurna Jayanti is dedicated to Goddess Annapurna, the Goddess of food and cooking. The word ‘Anna’ in Hindi signifies ‘food’ whereas ‘Purna’ implies ‘complete’.
According to legends, when food started getting over from earth, all human beings together with Lord Brahma and Vishnu prayed to Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvati then appeared as Goddess Annapurna on the ‘Purnima’ of Margashirsha’ month and replenished food on Earth. From then onwards, this day is celebrated as Annapurna Jayanti.
It is also believed that Goddess Annapurna ensures that her devotees get enough food for sustenance, especially the ones living in Kashi.