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Annapurna Jayanti, 22 December 2018

Annapurna Jayanti, 22 December 2018

Annapurna Jayanti is a holy Hindu annual event. The feminine Sanskrit word Annapurna means food, nutrition, filled with food or a person with an abundance of food supply or provider of food. The ‘Anna’ part of Annapurna means food and the ‘purna’ means to fill, fulfill, complete, thorough or provide. Annapurna here refers to the Goddess of Food and Nourishment. 

There is a deity Goddess Annapurna in Hinduism. Goddess Annapurna is an avatar-incarnation of Goddess Parvati, also known as Goddess of Shakti, energy, and power. Food provides energy, power. Goddess Parvati is the consort-wife of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is among the top three Hindu deities, along with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. Jayanti means birthday or anniversary observance and celebration. 

The date of Annapurna Jayanti is determined each year by the Hindu lunar calendar. Annapurna falls on the full moon, Purnima, in the Hindu calendar month of Margashirsha. The dates can vary every year. Margashirsha corresponds to the Gregorian November end or December period. In 2018, Annapurna Jayanti falls on the 22nd of December.

In a legend, it is believed that Goddess Annapurna ensured that no Earthling went hungry or starved of food at a time when there was a food shortage on Earth. 

There is also a mountain range in the Himalayas in Nepal, called Annapurna. The world’s 10th highest mountain peak lies here; which is regarded as one of the most difficult to climb in the world. 

A few devotees observe Vrat, fast on the occasion of Annapurna Jayanti. Some visit the Goddess Parvati temples. They seek the Goddess’ blessings and the auspiciousness of an abundant supply of food. In some cases, Goddess Annapurna is also referred to as the Goddess of Harvest, along with being the Goddess of Food.

A Mantra for Goddess Parvati is—

                        Om Aeem Hreem Kleem Chamundaye Vichche 
                        ॐ ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे

 

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