Today, 18 September 2013 is Ananta Chaturdashi, Anantha Vratham, Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Vratham.
Ananta Chaturdashi Vrata is a highly meritorious vrata dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s form of Ananta Padmanbhaswamy, who reclines (sleeps in deep meditation – Yoga nidra).
Ananta Vratam has to be observed for 14 consecutive years by married couple for their long and everlasting bond of love and affection.
The important ritual of Anant Vrata is tying the Sacred Thread, Anant Daara (Thora granthi), to hand. Ananta Daara is made of 14 strands which indicate the 14 years of the observance of Anantha Vratha. In some places people prepare it of 14 knots.