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Annapurna Puja is celebrated all over India as Annapurna Jayanti. This day marks the most significant day in the Hindu calendar where Maa Annapurna is worshipped. Maa Annapurna is known as the God of food in Hinduism and believes that she is the image or the avatar of Maa Parvati. According to the Hindu calendar, Annapurna Puja is celebrated on the full moon day, Purnima of the Margashirsha month. Moreover, in West Bengal, the celebration of Annapurna Puja is observed in the Hindu month of Chaitra. However, in South India, the auspicious occasion of Annapurna Puja is celebrated on the fourth day of Durga Navaratri.
Furthermore, there are various temples where Annapurna puja is celebrated with great devotion. Some of the temples in India are Annapurna Temple in Varanasi, Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Annapurna Temple in Indore. This day is dedicated to Maa Annapurna, the goddess of food and nourishment who blesses her devotees with good health and nutrition. However, talking about the dates of Annapuran puja, in the year 2023, Annapurna Puja was celebrated on March 29, while in the coming year 2024, this puja will be observed on 16th April.
Annapurna mata story- Once, there was a shortage of food and water on the Earth, and the people were thirsty and starving with hunger. So, feeling helpless, all the people on Earth started to pray and ask for food from Lord Brahma and Vishnu. Therefore, knowing about the situation of people on Earth, Lord Brahma and Vishnu rushed towards Lord Shiva, who was sitting in a Yoga posture. They revealed the situation of people on Earth who were starving due to food shortages.
On hearing about the situation of people, Lord Shiva appeared on the Earth and took a tour. While this situation saddened Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati (wife of Lord Shiva) took the avatar of Maa Annapurna. On the other hand, Lord Shiva disguised himself as a devotee, received all the food and essential things from Maa Annapurna, and distributed it to all the people on Earth. Since then, people have started to observe Annapurna Puja as thanksgiving to Maa Annapurna.
Annapurna Puja is very significant for all the people because it is Annapurna Mata who blesses all his devotees with enough food and nutrition. The main source of life on Earth for people is food, which keeps them alive and active. Moreover, on this day, people observe prayers, Annapurna vrat, and read vrat katha to worship Annapurna Mata, who gives all the necessary wealth, food and nutrition. On this day, people clean and offer prayers to their stoves, where the everyday meal is cooked, seeking blessing from Mata Annapurna. Moreover, Annapurna Puja is performed on the day of Purnima because, on this day, Goddess Parvati appeared on the Earth and offered food and nourishment to all the people on Earth.
Furthermore, the Annapurna Puja is especially in Kashi, Varanasi, because on this day, Lord Shiva begged for food holding a bowl to Maa Annapurna and offered it to all the people on Earth. Moreover, it’s believed that on this day, wasting food can be unlucky and that people might have to suffer from hunger. Also, this day is called the Annapurna Puja because the word Anna refers to food, and Purna means complete.
On the joyous day of Annapurna Puja, certain rituals and remedies must be followed with true devotion to fulfil all your wishes. So, mentioned below are some of the Annapurna Puja rituals and remedies that can be performed.
As we conclude here, let us remind you never to waste food and always respect the food, which is a blessing given by Maa Annapurna. So, remember to follow the rituals mentioned above on the day of Annapurna Puja so that you are blessed with enough nutrients and foods necessary for living on Earth.