Adyar Gopal Parivar
Anantha Padmanabha
Vritha (Nopi)
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ANANTHA PADMANAABHA VRITHA
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also known as the Nopi (the vowel ‘o’ spoken as in Pope). It is observed on Tuesday the
21st of September in the year 2010. Some Hindus have chosen to celebrate this festival on
Wednesday the 22nd September 2010.
In the Vaishnavite scriptures there is a detailed description of how this festival is performed.
One of the essentials is a silver bust of Lord Vishnu that is placed on the puja pedestal and
decorated with flowers and garlands. There are many ‘manthra(s)’ and ‘shloka(s)’ to be
recited. A priest who knows the puja ‘vidhi’ or method is absolutely required in getting this
Vritha performed.
Vritha literally means ‘wedded’ or ‘bonded’. The performer is wedded or bound to this ritual.
The performer is required to follow the procedure exactly as it is stated in the book. The
priest does not take any short-cuts in performance of this puja.
What good does one get if one performs this puja? There are many benefits stated inorder
to augment the significance of this festival. Who ever performs this puja on this day is
regarded as having crossed most of the miseries in his life and reached a safe point. This
festival is performed every year as a requirement in most of the homes. Once a household
begins to perform this Vritha then the said household will need to perform this Vritha every
year.

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