People of Mithila celebrated the Anant Puja by offering the prayers and tying the knot.The devotees offered the ‘puja’ by their traditional methods to Lord Anant on Bhadra Shukl Paksh Chaturdashi of September 15. The markets of Darbhanga and Madhubani were bustling on Wednesday for shopping of worship materials .While the price of Anant thread was around Rs4-Rs5 the cucumber prices sky rocketed to Rs 50 per kg.
This festival is closely linked to kshirsagar (Ocean of Milk) and Lord Vishnu’s Anant Roopa. Fourteen tilaks (small vertical strips) of vermilion are made on a wooden plank. Fourteen puri(fried wheat bread) and fourteen pua(deep fried sweet wheat bread) are placed on these vermilion strips. A bowl containing Panchamrit (made of Milk, Curd, Jaggery, Honey and Ghee) symbolizing kshirsagar (Ocean of Milk) is placed on this wooden plank.A thread having fourteen knots, symbolizing Lord Anant is wrapped on a cucumber and is swirled five times in this "Ocean of Milk". Later this Anant thread is tied on the right arm above the elbow by men. Women tie this on their left arm. This Anant thread is removed after fourteen days