< TO MAIN >  English version    |    Русская версия 
Main category
-- Calendar of events
-- Horoscopes
-- Holidays

Popular today

-- Zoroastrian holidays
-- Christian holidays
-- Buddhist holidays
-- Islamic holidays
-- Jewish holidays
-- Shinto holidays
-- Hindu holidays
-- Baha'i holidays
-- Slavic holidays
-- Pagan holidays
-- Sikh holidays
-- Jain holidays
-- Folk holidays
-- Holidays in Belarus
-- Holidays in China
-- Holidays in India
-- Holidays in Israel
-- Holidays in Japan
-- Holidays in Kazakhstan
-- Holidays in Russia
-- Holidays in Ukraine
-- International holidays

All questions and comments please write to alexandrpe@meta.ua
-- All pages of the site

Popular today

Annapurna Ashtami

Category: Holidays » Hindu holidays

Annapurna Ashtami
01 April 2020  wednesday
20 April 2021  tuesday
09 April 2022  saturday

165 days before

Goddess Annapurna is regarded as the deity of nourishment. The term Anna denotes grains or food and Purna means complete or full in Sanskrit. Goddess Annapurna is the incarnation of Goddess Parvati. Worshipping of annadhana (food) and the offering of food is much revered and respected in Hindu religion and therefore Annapurna Puja is one of the significant rituals in Hindu mythology.

Devotees recite the Annapurna Sahasranama in order to worship the Goddess and her 108 names are also recited while chanting the Annapurna Shatanama Stotram.

Annapurna Puja is observed on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the religious festival of Navratri and a lot many devotees break their fast on this particular day.

To please the Goddess, the devotees prepare and offer a bhog (sacred food) of Puri, Halwa and Kala Chana to the deity and seek her blessings.

According to the legend, Goddess Parvati was told by Lord Shiva that everything in the universe is an illusion i.e. Maya and food is one of them. Goddess Parvati who is signified as the deity of all materialistic things comprising food got angry.

In order to show the actual significance and importance of the materialistic things, the deity disappeared from the universe. As a result of her disappearance everything went to a standstill and the entire earth became barren. All the beings started suffering from hunger as there was no food available anywhere. By seeing all the sufferings and pain, Goddess Parvati incarnated in Kashi and set up a kitchen.

Knowing about the return of the Goddess, Lord Shiva rephrased his saying and told her that he had realized the importance of material world, it is a spirit which cannot be just dismissed like an illusion. Goddess Parvati smiled and fed Lord Shiva by her own hands. Since that time period, Goddess Parvati is also worshipped as Goddess Annapurna and a grand Annapurna Puja is performed in order to please the deity of Nourishment.

Place, please link to this page on your web site:

Embed this code on your site or blog:  
Embed this code to forum (BBCode):   
Direct link to this post:                       


On the site Hollydays.info you can find wishes, congratulations, toasts in the verses, sms greetings on his birthday, anniversary, New Year, March 8, and many other festivals. Brief information about you are interested in religious, public holidays and memorable dates. You can find out when your name days and would like to name the child's future. What is the horoscope for tomorrow and for the next year. Everything is sorted by category for your convenience.