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About Ishti & Anvadhan Festival

Anvadhan and Ishti festival are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and observed by Hindus, especially by those of the Vaishnav sect or the Vaishnav Sampradaya and other Lord Vishnu devotees. The term Anvadhan means the ritual of adding fuel to keep the fire of Yajna/Havan/Homam burning after performing a fire sacrifice ceremony also known as Agnihotra.

About IshtiThe Anvadhan festival is celebrated on New Moon or Amavasya of every month by keeping a day-long fast and performing Yajna for Lord Vishnu

The literal meaning of Ishti (Sanskrit word) is carrying out good work with the divine Lord’s blessings. Ishti is celebrated on the full Moon day or Purnima of every month, based on the Hindu Lunar calendar. It is also recommend to observe a fast on Ishti and perform Japa of Vishnu mantras in meditation or to perform Satyanarayan Katha. It is believed that observing the rituals of Ishti with a pure intention helps in fulfilling the desires of devotees.

Lord Vishnu is one of the Divine Trinity along with Lord Brahma and Mahesh, and He is the preserver and protector of the Universe. The Vaishnav Sampradaya consider Lord Vishnu the Supreme Lord and worship Him dedicatedly.

Purnima (Full Moon) and Amavasya (New Moon) are important days and considered auspicious by Hindus and various rituals are practiced by devotees on these days.

Ishti 2023 : Ishti Dates and Timing

The Anvadhan and Ishti dates are calculated in various ways. Below is the list of Anvadhan Ishti 2023 dates and Ishti Tithi, which fulfils the different methods of calculating Ishti dates.

Anvadhan date & time

Anvadhan 2023

6th. January, Friday - Shukla Purnima
21st. January, Saturday - Krishna Amavasya
5th. February, Sunday – Shukla Purnima
19th. February, Sunday - Krishna Amavasya
7th. March, Tuesday - Shukla Purnima
21st. March, Tuesday - Krishna Amavasya
5th. April, Wednesday - Shukla Purnima
19th. April, Wednesday - Krishna Amavasya
5th. May, Friday - Shukla Purnima
19th. May, Friday - Krishna Amavasya
3rd June, Saturday – Shukla Purnima
17th. June, Saturday - Krishna Amavasya
3rd. July, Monday - Shukla Purnima
17th. July, Monday – Krishna Amavasya
1st. August, Tuesday - Shukla Purnima
16th. August, Wednesday - Krishna Amavasya
30th. August, Wednesday – Shukla Purnima
14th. September, Thursday - Krishna Amavasya
29th. September, Friday - Shukla Purnima
14th. October, Saturday - Krishna Amavasya
28th. October, Saturday - Shukla Purnima
13th. November, Monday - Krishna Amavasya
27th. November, Monday - Shukla Purnima
12th. December, Tuesday - Krishna Amavasya
26th. December, Tuesday - Shukla Purnima

Ishti 2023

7th. January, Saturday – Shukla Purnima
22nd. January, Sunday - Krishna Amavasya
6th. February, Monday - Shukla Purnima
20th. February, Monday - Krishna Amavasya
8th. March, Wednesday - Shukla Purnima
22nd. March, Wednesday - Krishna Amavasya
6th. April, Thursday - Shukla Purnima
20th. April, Thursday - Krishna Amavasya
6th. May, Saturday - Shukla Purnima
20th. May, Saturday - Krishna Amavasya
4th. June, Sunday - Shukla Purnima
18th. June, Sunday - Krishna Amavasya
4th. July, Tuesday – Shukla Purnima
18th July, Tuesday – Krishna Amavasya
2nd. August, Wednesday - Shukla Purnima
17th. August, Thursday - Krishna Amavasya
31st. August, Thursday - Shukla Purnima
15th. September, Friday - Krishna Amavasya
30th. September, Saturday - Shukla Purnima
15th. October, Sunday - Krishna Amavasya
29th. October, Sunday – Shukla Purnima
14th. November, Tuesday – Krishna Amavasya
28th. November, Tuesday – Shukla Purnima
13th. December, Wednesday – Krishna Amavasya
27th. December, Wednesday – Shukla Purnima

Significance of Ishti and Anvadhan, Importance of Ishti and Anvadhan

The Anvadhan and Ishti celebrations are observed on Amavasy (New Moon) and Purnima (Full Moon) respectively, of every month. On the days of Anvadhan and Ishti, Lord Vishnu is worshipped for blessings of happiness, prosperity, peace. These two festivals are auspicious and hold special significance and importance for the Vaishnav Sampradaya and devotees of Lord Vishnu.

On Anvadhan, a day-long fast is observed by devotees and they have only one Sattvik meal at the end of the day. Vaishnavites also perform Vishnu havan to receive blessings of Lord Vishnu.

The word Ishti also means desire. On this day, the devotees of Vaishnav Sampradaya perform Satyanarayan Katha or chant Vishnu’s name for fulfilment of their true desires. In the Satyanarya Katha, Lord Narayan (Vishnu) is worshipped for the wellbeing of the family. The main ritual in this puja is hearing the Satyanaryan Katha, which are different stories that glorify the powers and blessings of Lord Narayan and enhance devotion to the Lord. Devotees invite their friends and other family members to hear the Satyanarayan Katha, which is said to bring blessings of divine Lord Narayan.

On Ishti puja day, the Dasavatar (10 manifestations) of Lord Vishnu are honoured and worshipped too. Meditation and Japa/Mantra chanting of Vishnu Sahasranam and other Vedic Mantras of the divine Lord helps one to be on the path of Dharma. Donations of food, clothes etc. are made to Brahmins and the needy.

There is a general misunderstanding among some devotees that Anvadhan and Ishti are the same festival. However, they are different festivals which are celebrated on two different days of each month.

Benefits of Ishti and Anvadhan

On Anvadhan and Ishti festival, Lord Vishnu is worshipped for His blessings.

  • Observing a fast on Anvadhan and performing the havan on Ishti meticulously these auspicious days bestows peace, prosperity, good fortune, happiness, good health, spiritual growth and overall well being.
  • Observing Anvadhan and Ishti removes miseries and heals devotees on mental, physical, and spiritual levels.
  • Observing Ishti with sincerity, fulfils the desires of devotees, by the grace of Lord Vishnu.
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