What is Annapurna Jayanti? And why do please Durga on this day ?

What is Annapurna Jayanti? And why do please Durga on this day ?

Annapurna Jayanti is one of the ancient and unique Hindu festivals that celebrate food. This day commemorates the 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 the Purnima (full moon day) of the 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 pooja 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 of India, including the state of 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.

What are the Rituals we should follow during Annapurna Jayanti?

  • Hindu devotees perform the pooja rituals 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 strict fast on Annapurna Jayanti to please Goddess Annapurna and seek her divine blessings. They do not eat or drink anything all through the day. The fast is broken at night after worshipping Goddess Annapurna.
  • Reciting ‘Annapurna Devi Ashtakam’ is considered very auspicious on this day.


Know Important Timings on Annapurna Jayanti:-

Sunrise: - December 11, 2019 7:01 AM

Sunset: - December 11, 2019 5:38 PM

Purnima Tithi Begins: - December 11, 2019 10:59 AM

Purnima Tithi Ends: - December 12, 2019 10:42 AM


What is the significance of Annapurna Jayanti?

Annapurna Jayanti is an important festival of Hindus. It is dedicated to Goddess Annapurna, who is the Hindu Goddess of food and cooking. The word ‘Anna’ in Hindi signifies ‘food’ whereas ‘Purna’ implies ‘complete’. According to the Hindu legends, when food started getting over from earth, all human beings together with Lord Brahma and Vishnu prayed to Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvati appear as Goddess Annapurna on the Purnima of month of Margashirsha 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.

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