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 puja are primarily observed by the womenfolk.
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.
Annapurna Jayanti 2021 is on December 18
Significance of Annapurna Jayanti
Annapurna Jayanti is an important festival for 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 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.