North Anang Trayodashi Vrat
North Anang Trayodashi Vrat is observed on the ‘trayodashi’ (13th day) during the ‘Shukla Paksha’ (the growing phase of the moon) in the month of ‘Margashirsh’ of the traditional Hindu calendar. This festival is dedicated to worshipping Lord Shiva and is an important day for followers of Lord Shiva. The Anang Trayodashi Vrat must be performed for a year on all the ‘Shukla Paksha Trayodashi’ of every lunar month. In the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, however, Anang Trayodashi Vrat is observed in the Hindu month of ‘Chaitra’.
Rituals during North Anang Trayodashi Vrat
- On the day of North Anang Trayodashi Vrat, devotees get up before sunrise and take an early bath. On this day they worship Lord Shiva with full devotion and dedication. Various offerings are made to the Lord in the form of fruits and flowers, besides performing the 16-step Hindu puja rituals. After completing the puja, dakshina and food are offered to Brahmins and the needy.
- Besides Lord Shiva, Hindu devotees also offer prayers to Lord Kamdev and His consort, Rati, on the day of North Anang Trayodashi Vrat. Lord Kamdev is also called ‘Kandarp’. On the day of North Anang Trayodashi Vrat, it is very virtuous to get the ‘darshan’ of Kandarp Ishwar, in Ujjain. It is believed that a person who visits this place on this chosen day will find a place in the ‘Dev Lok’, after death. Grand celebrations are held in this temple on the day of North Anang trayodashi Vrat.
- Fasting is an important ritual of the day. The observer of North Anang Trayodashi Vrat does not eat or drink anything all throughout the day. The fast is broken at night after completing all the puja rituals in a systematic manner.
Significance of North Anang Trayodashi Vrat
The significance of North Anang Trayodashi Vrat is described in Hindu religious scriptures like the ‘Garuda Purana’. It is an important festival for worshippers of Lord Shiva. It is believed that a person who religiously observes the North Anang Trayodashi Vrat for a period of one year will be bestowed with good fortune, health, wealth, and prosperity. According to the Hindu legends, Devi Rati performed this auspicious fasting and worshipped Lord Shiva to get her husband Lord Kamdev back. Pleased by her dedication, Shiva assured that Kamdev would take re-birth as ‘Praduman’ (the son of Lord Krishna). He also stated that anyone who performs the North Anang Trayodashi Vrat in the prescribed manner will enjoy a blissful married life. Furthermore observing this vrat will also provide married couple, the happiness of a child.