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Sankashti Chaturthi

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“God’s light is within you, It never leaves you.”

Sankashti Chaturthi is an auspicious festival dedicated to Lord Ganesh, who is also known as Vighnaharta (the destroyer of all problems).

Most of the Hindu devotees celebrate this day wholeheartedly which falls in every lunar month of the Hindu calendar on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha (dark lunar phase or the waning phase).

If this auspicious day falls on a Tuesday then it is called Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi and considered highly important among all Sankashti Chaturthi days.

According to Hindu mythology, it is a reserved day to worship Lord Ganesh because the Supreme Lord Shiva declared His son Ganesh, superior among all the gods with the exception of Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva, and Parvati.

It is believed that Lord Ganesh bestows

His presence on earth to fulfil all wishes of His devotees on this day.

The devotees observe a full day or partial fast from morning till evening and perform the puja in the evening. Devotees celebrate this holy day with great zeal and enthusiasm.

They conclude the fast after sighting the Moon God in the evening.

According to the lunar month cycle, Lord Ganesh is worshiped with a different name on every Chaturthi.

Vedic scriptures like the Bavishyat Purana and Narasimha Purana describes the significance and importance of all 13 (including Adhika Masa) Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat that falls in a year.

 Followings are the names of 13 Sankashti Chaturthi –

  1. Chaitra Masa – Vikata Maha Ganapati
  2. Vaishakha Masa- Chanakra Raja Ekadanta Ganapathi
  3. JeshthaMasa- Krishna Pingala Maha Ganapati
  4. Ashadha Masa- Gajaanana Ganapati
  5. Shravana Masa- Heramba Maha Ganapati
  6. Bhadrapada Masa- Vignaraja Maha Ganapati
  7. Ashweeja Masa- Vakrathunda Maha Ganapati
  8. Karthika Masa- Ganadipa Maha Ganapati
  9. Margashira Masa- Akuratha Maha Ganapati
  10. Pushya Masa- Lambodara Maha Ganapati
  11. Magha Masa- Dwijapriya Maha Ganapati
  12. Phalguna Masa- Balachandra Maha Ganapati
  13. Adhika Masa- Vibhuvana Palaka Maha Ganapati

Significance of Sankashti Chaturthi:

  • AgraPujya, Vighnaharta Shri Ganesh is an incarnation of wisdom and virtue. Hence, fasting and praising the supreme deity on this day brings knowledge, health, wealth, and happiness to a devotee.
  • Shiva Purana mentions that observing a Vrat (fast) on this auspicious day with complete devotion and faith will remove all your obstacles.
  • As per religious beliefs, in 700 BC, devotees started celebrating this auspicious day with a faith that Lord Ganesh will surely avert bad times from their life and bless them with knowledge and wealth.
  • The Brahmavaivarat Purana states that Lord Ganesha is the son of supreme Lord Shiva and Parvati as well as a manifestation of the supreme consciousness. By worshipping Him, a person gets blessings in the form of intellect and wisdom and freedom from all obstacles.

Rituals on Sankashti Chaturthi:

  • The devotees who observe Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat, wake up early in the morning and puts on a new or clean clothes after taking a holy bath before sunrise.
  • Devotees observe a complete fast or partial fast on this day.
  • The idol of Lord Ganesh is placed in a clean place and decorated with durva grass, fresh flowers, lamps with ghee, and incense sticks. • Prasad like modaks and ladoos are offered to Lord Ganesha.
  • The ritual begins with chanting mantras and reciting the Vrata Katha (stories).
  • The ritual comes to an end in the evening after completing the puja and aarti of Lord Ganesh.
  • Fast is concluded with the prasad and some fruits after sighting the moon God are taken in the evening.

Mantra to chant on this day: The following popular mantra invokes blessings of Lord Ganesh.

According to Hindu mythology, anybody can chant this mantra at the beginning of a ceremony or ritual to please Lord Ganesh, as He is known as AgraPujya (the first Lord to be worshipped).

Vakra Tunndda Maha Kaaya, Surya Kotti Samaprabha Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva, Sarva Kaaryessu Sarvadaa Meaning: I bow down in front of Lord Ganpati who has a huge body, a curved elephant trunk, and has brilliance of a crore sun.

Worshipping Him will remove all obstacles from my endeavours.

Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat story: A legend from the puranic literature of ancient India declares, Angarak, an accomplished saint, and son of Mother Earth and Bharadwaj Rishi, was a great devotee of Lord Ganesha.

 Angarika means Planet Mars (Mangal- The red planet) and Angarika Chaturthi is connected to Mars.

Angarak was a brilliant student and learned about worshipping Ganesha from his father rishi Bharadwaj, who himself was a great follower of Lord Ganesha.

As Angarak grew up with the teachings of his father, he himself became a great devotee of Lord Ganesha.

He started worshiping Ganesha for His darshan (sight) and blessings.

On Magh Krishna Chaturthi (on Tuesday), Lord Ganesh blessed him and asked him for a wish.

Angarak requested that his only wish was to merge with Lord Ganesha’s name forever.

The Lord became happy with his worship and granted his wish and declared that whoever worships Lord Ganesha on this day will be granted all that he/ she prays for.

Since that day, people believe that Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi is the most auspicious day to worship Lord Ganesh and to seek His blessings.

It is also believed that a devotee who observes a fast on Angaraka sankasht Chaturthi gets the benefits equal to all other 12 Sankashti Chaturthi.

Summary: As per Hindu Panchanga, Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated on the 4th day of the waning phase of the moon (Krishna Paksha).

This auspicious festival is dedicated to the Supreme Lord Vignaraja Ganesh.

‘Sankashti’ is a Sanskrit word which means deliverance or freedom from difficulties.

Therefore, worshiping and keeping a vrat on this day will bring many benefits to a devotee, and he/she can live a blissful life without any obstacle or hurdles.

Lord Ganapati is the most popular god in Hinduism and the loving son of the Supreme Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

 Vighnaharta Ganesh is the most gracious God who is easily pleased with little acts of devotion and prayer and removes anything that troubles a devotee.

Sankashti Chaturthi

Sankashti Chaturthi is an auspicious festival for Hindus, celebrated in honor of Lord Ganesha.

 It is observed every Hindu calendar month on the ‘chaturthi’ (fourth day) of the Krishna Paksha (the waning phase of moon).

The word ‘Sankashti’ has a Sanskrit origin and it implies ‘deliverance during difficult times’ whereas ‘Chaturthi’ means ‘fourth day or the day of Lord Ganesha’.

Therefore, on this propitious day devotees worship Lord Ganesha to help the overcome all the obstacles in life and come out victorious in every tough situation.

The observance of this Chaturthi in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu is known by the name of ‘Sankat Hara Chaturthi’.

Furthermore when Sankashti Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday, it is popularly referred as ‘Angaraki Chaturthi’ that is considered to be the most auspicious of all the Sankashti Chaturthi days.

The celebrations of Sankashti Chaturthi are prevalent in both northern and southern states of India. In the state of Maharashtra, however,  the festivities are even more elaborate and grand.

Sankashti Chaturthi Story

Traditional stories tell that Lord Ganesha was created by Goddess Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva. Parvati created Ganesha out of sandalwood paste that she used for her bath and breathed life into the figure.

She then set him to stand guard at her door while she bathed.

 Lord Shiva returned and, as Ganesha didn’t know him, he didn’t allow him to enter.

Lord Shiva became enraged and asked his follower Gods to teach the child some manners. Ganesha was very powerful, being born of Parvati, the embodiment of shakti (or power).

He defeated the godly-followers (called “Gana”s) and declared nobody was allowed to enter while his mother was bathing.

The sage of heavens, Narada, along with the Saptarshi (the seven wise rishis) sensed a growing turmoil and went to appease the boy with no results.

Angered, the king of Gods, Indra attacked the boy with his entire heavenly army but even they didn’t stand a chance. By then, this issue had become a matter of pride for Lord Shiva.

After the devas were defeated, the trinity, the controller, preserver and destroyer of the universe launched an attack against Ganesha.

Amidst the fighting, Shiva severed the head of the child.

Seeing her son dead, Goddess Parvati revealed her true self, as the Adi-shakti, the prime energy that fuels the universe and sustains matter.

Taking on a terrible form, she vowed to destroy the universe where her son was killed and re-create a better one.

The Gods prostrated before her and Shiva promised that her son will live again.

The trinity hunted the world for a head and came across a mother elephant crying for her dead baby.

They consoled the mother and fixed the head of the baby elephant in place of Ganesha’s head. 

Lord Shiva also declared that from this day, the boy would be called as “Ganesha” (Gana-Isha : lord of the Ganas). Also, as per the Hindu scriptures, on this holy day Lord Shiva declared the supremacy of His son, Sankashti (another name for Lord Ganesha) over other Gods, except Vishnu, Lakshmi and Parvati.

From then onwards, Lord Sankashti is worshipped as the God of prosperity, good fortune and freedom. It is believed that on the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, Lord Ganesha, for all His devotees, bestows His presence on Earth.

Sankashti Chaturthi Fasting Procedure

  • On the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, devotees get up early and dedicate the day worshipping Lord Ganesha. They observe a strict fast in the honor of their deity. Some people also keep a partial fast. The observer of this fast can only devour fruits, vegetables and roots of plants. The staple Indian diet on this day comprises of peanuts, potatoes and sabudana khichadi.
  • The Sankashti puja is done in the evening, after seeing the moon. The idol of Lord Ganesha is decorated with Durva grass and fresh flowers. A lamp is also lit during this time. Other usual puja rituals like lighting incense and reciting the Vedic mantras are also performed. After this the devotees read the vrat katha specific to the month. The fast is broken only after worshipping Lord Ganesha in the evening and sighting of the moon.
  • Special ‘naivedya’ comprising of modaks and other favorite eatables of Lord Ganesha is prepared as offering. This is followed by an ‘aarti’ and later the prasad is distributed among all the devotees.
  • On the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, special puja rituals are also dedicated to Moon or Chandra God. This involves sprinkling water, chandan (sandalwood) paste, consecrated rice and flowers in the direction of moon.
  • On this day it is auspicious to recite the Ganesha Ashtothra, ‘Sankashtnashana sthothra’ and ‘Vakrathunda Mahakaya’ to name a few. In fact any other Vedic mantras dedicated to Lord Ganesha can be chanted.

Significance of Sankashti Chaturthi

The significance of Sankashti Chaturthi vrat is mentioned in the ‘Bhavishaya Purana’ and ‘Narasimha Purana’ and was also explained by krish himself, to Yudhishtira, who is the eldest of all Pandavas.

On the sacred day of Sankashti Chaturthi, there is a special significance of sighting the moon.

The ardent devotees of Lord Ganesha believe that by praying to their deity with dedication, especially on the Angarki Chaturthi day, all their desires will be fulfilled and they will lead a prosperous life.

Childless couples also observe the Sankashti Chaturthi vrat to be blessed with a progeny.

As Sankashti Chaturthi is observed every Lunar month, in each month God Ganesha is worshipped with different peeta (Lotus petals) and name.

There are total of 13 vrats, with each vrat having a specific purpose and story, known as vrat katha. Therefore there are 13 ‘vrat katha’ in total, one for every month and the last katha is for ‘adika’ that is the one extra month that comes every four years in the Hindu calendar.

The details of Sankashti Ganapati puja for every month are given below :

The story of each of this vrat is unique for every month and is recited in that month alone.

Sankashti Chaturthi Dates in  and Chaturthi Tithi Timing

 January 21, , Friday  Sakat Chauth

Lambodara Sankashti Chaturthi  Magha, Krishna Chaturthi

Begins – 08:51 AM, Jan 21

Ends – 09:14 AM, Jan 22

February 20, , Sunday

Dwijapriya Sankashti Chaturthi  Phalguna, Krishna Chaturthi

Begins – 09:56 PM, Feb 19

Ends – 09:05 PM, Feb 20

March 21, , Mondday

Bhalachandra Sankashti Chaturthi  Chaitra, Krishna Chaturthi

Begins – 08:20 AM, Mar 21

Ends – 06:24 AM, Mar 22

April 19, , Tuesday

Vikata Sankashti Chaturthi  Vaishakha, Krishna Chaturthi

Begins – 04:38 PM, Apr 19

Ends – 01:52 PM, Apr 20

May 19, , Thursday

Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi  Jyeshtha, Krishna Chaturthi

Begins – 11:36 PM, May 18

Ends – 08:23 PM, May 19

June 17, , Friday

Krishnapingala Sankashti Chaturthi  Ashadha, Krishna Chaturthi

Begins – 06:10 AM, Jun 17

Ends – 02:59 AM, Jun 18

July 16, , Saturday

Gajanana Sankashti Chaturthi  Shravana, Krishna Chaturthi

Begins – 01:27 PM, Jul 16

Ends – 10:49 AM, Jul 17

August 15, , Monday

Bahula Chaturthi

Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi  Bhadrapada, Krishna Chaturthi

Begins – 10:35 PM, Aug 14

Ends – 09:01 PM, Aug 15

September 13, , Tuesday

Vighnaraja Sankashti Chaturthi  Ashwina, Krishna Chaturthi

Begins – 10:37 AM, Sep 13

Ends – 10:25 AM, Sep 14

October 13, , Thursday

Karwa Chauth  Vakratunda Sankashti Chaturthi  Kartika, Krishna Chaturthi

Begins – 01:59 AM, Oct 13

Ends – 03:08 AM, Oct 14

November 12, , Saturday

Ganadhipa Sankashti Chaturthi  Margashirsha, Krishna Chaturthi

Begins – 08:17 PM, Nov 11

Ends – 10:25 AM, Nov 12

December 11, , Sunday

Akhuratha Sankashti Chaturthi  Pausha, Krishna Chaturthi

Begins – 04:14 PM, Dec 11

Ends – 06:48 PM, Dec 12

Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat Katha

Sankashti Chaturthi Katha or Story , Sankata Hara Chaturthi Vrat Katha or Story

Once there lived a king by the name of Surasena.

On one occasion God Indra the king of Gods was flying over the kingdom of Surasena.

People of the kingdom could see the plane and suddenly the plane starts to descend and lands. The king seeing the plane, in curiosity to meet the person aboard on it approaches the plane.

The king realizes that the person in the plane is God Indra.

The king approaches God Indra, prays to him and enquires him the reason for landing in his Kingdom.

Indra pleased with the kings prayer, tells him that, a person who has done countless sins saw his plane and hence the plane has landed.

Indra continues that the plane would fly only if a person who has a lot of virtue would come forward and donate his virtue.

The king prays to Indra to show him a way, through which he can send his soldiers to find a man with lot of virtue.

God Indra replies that today is Panchami and yesterday was Bahula Chaturthi or Sankashti Chaturi which is also known as Sankata Hara Chaturthi.

God Indra tells the king to find a person who has fasted yesterday and by mere fasting on Sankashti Chaturthi, the person would enmasses limtless virtue and if he could part with the virtue, his plane would fly.

 The king orders his soldiers to search for a person who knowingly or unknowingly has fasted on the day before or on Sankashti Chaturthi.

As fasting on Sankashti Chaturthi is itself enough to gather a lot of virtue.

The soldiers search the whole kingdom and fail to find even a single person.

On their way back to palace, the soldiers spot the servants of Lord Ganesha, known as Ganesha Duutas, taking a old woman who died with them.

The soldiers ask the Ganesh Duutas, who they were and where are they taking the woman. Ganesha Duutas explain the soldiers that they were servants of Lord Ganesha and were taking the woman to Swanand Loka the abode of Lord Ganesha.

The soldiers were astonished and were curious to know the reason for taking the women to the abode of Lord Ganesha.

The Ganesha Duutas, reply that the woman was sleeping yesterday and hence was not able to eat or drink.

She died today and because of the fasting had gained so much virtue that she was to be taken to Swanand Loka.

The soldiers request the Ganesha Duutas to give some virtue of the woman, but the Ganesh Duutas refuse.

In the mean time, the plane suddenly starts and everyone is astonished.

Lord Indra realizes that the wind that has blown over the old womans dead body has also blown over the plane.

This wind gained a virtue just by blowing over the dead body that the wind by just blowing over the plane was able to start it.

The significance of the story is that  one would gain virtue that one cannot imagine by simply observing a fast.

And if a puja of Lord Ganesha is done, after observing the fast and seeing the moon in the evening, the virtue would increase much more.

Hence most of the devotees observe Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat.

Vikata Sankashti Chaturthi: Muhurat & All About Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat

Today is Vikata Sankashti Chaturthi.

 The Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Sankashti Chaturthi is believed to be one of the most auspicious days and according to legends, on this day Lord Shiva declared his son Ganesha is superior among all the gods.

Vikata Sankashti Chaturthi is one of the biggest days for devotees of Lord Ganesha. Vikata Sankashti Chaturthi is observed on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha.

Vikata Sankashti Chaturthi tithi and muhurat

  • Vikata Sankashti Chaturthi tithi began at 10:09 PM on April 29
  • Vikata Sankashti Chaturthi tithi ends at 7:09 PM on April 30
  • Moonrise on Sankashti Chaturthi is at 10:48 PM

Know all about Vikata Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat today

In Sanskrit, Sankashti means to wipe out hurdles and anything evil.

People observe the Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat for happy tidings.

 On Sankashti Chaturthi, devotees wake up early and take a bath.

They observe a strict fast in the honour of Lord Ganesha or the household deity.

Those who fast often have fruits and milk based food once during the say but mostly vrat food like peanuts, potatoes and sabudana khichadi are popularly eaten.

On Vikata Sankashti Chaturthi, the puja is done in the evening after seeing the moon.

A photo or an idol of Lord Ganesha is decorated with fresh flowers, kumkum and durva grass.

An oil lamp is lit during the puja. Devotees chant Ganapati mantras and read the vrat katha or the story of Sankashti Chaturthi.

The fast is broken after seeing the moon and completing Ganapati puja.

Sankashti Chaturthi

If there is one god in the Hindu pantheon who is a marker of auspicious beginnings, it is Lord Ganesha.

The elephant-headed god is worshipped at the beginning of seasons and rituals for this reason. And there is one day in every month of the year when this worship is said to be at its peak.

Known as Sankashti Chaturthi or Sakat Chauth, this day is even more auspicious, especially if it falls on a Tuesday or Friday. Celebrated across India, Sankashti Chaturthi is observed on the fourth day, or chaturthi, of every month in the Hindu calendar.

The day is also linked with the Krishna Paksha, or the waning phase of the moon.

While people in many states of India celebrate this day, especially in Maharashtra, it is known by a number of different names. Known as Sankat Hara Chaturthi in Tamil Nadu, the day is also celebrated as Angaraki Chaturthi when it falls on a Tuesday.

Sakat Chauth Friday, 21 January

Chaturthi Tithi Begins: 21 January  at 08:51 am

Chaturthi Tithi Ends : 22 January  at 09:14 am

Did you know : This fast is famous by many names, such as Sakat Chauth, Sankta Chauth, Tilakut Chauth etc.

The Sanskrit word “sankashti” means deliverance from troubled or difficult times, so worshipping Lord Ganesha on this day means you’ll be blessed with peace and prosperity in the coming times. Devotees usually keep a fast to be free of obstacles on this day.

 Rituals that are followed on Sankashti Chaturthi

❀ Devotees keep a partial or day-long fast on this day. They and eat only fruits, vegetables and root plants throughout the day. Peanuts, potatoes and sabudana khichdi are prepared especially to mark this day’s fasting. The day’s fasting is broken only after the main puja is done.

❀ The main puja of the day is done in the evening, after the moon is visible. The idol of Lord Ganesha is worshipped with Durva grass, fresh flowers and incense sticks. Lamps are lit, and devotees read the “vrat katha” specific to the month in shich the Chaturthi is. The rituals for this day end with the sighting of the moon.

❀ Special sweets or naivedya, including modaks, are offered to the deity during the puja. After the katha and aarti, these sweets are distributed as prasad.

❀ Apart from worshipping Lod Ganesha, the moon is also worshipped on Sankashti Chaturthi. Water, chandan or sandalwood paste, rice and flowers are offered in the direction of the moon.

❀  Reciting the Vedic hymns or mantras devoted to Lord Ganesha garners blessings on this day. Devotees chant the Ganesha Ashtothra, Sankashtnashana sthothra and Vakrathunda Mahakaya especially on Sankashti Chaturthi.

Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat Katha

The katha of Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi dates back to the time of Satyuga.

However, the Pandava queen, Draupadi also listened to this katha.

Once a rishi, who was known to be the guardian of the Kuru dynasty, visited the home of Pandavas when they were in exile.

And, Draupadi, who went through the cheer haran by Dushasan and was humiliated by Duryodhana, was wondering about what kind of sin she had committed that she is getting a treatment like this.

To answer her questions, Maharshi started telling her the story of king Chandrasena and his queen Ratnavali. According to the story, King Chandrasena and Ratnavali were going through a rough time as their enemies looted and plundered their kingdom and they were looking for a shelter in a forest.

The royal couple was wandering in the woods for food and shelter.

One day, they unknowingly entered Markandeya Rishi’s hermitage in search of water/

And after learning about the place that they had accidentally visited, the king sought the blessings of the sage and narrated his ordeal. However, like Draupadi, he wondered if he had committed sins to endure such hardships.

Hence, to help him find answers to his question, Markandeya Rishi reminded Chandrasena about his deeds during his previous birth In his previous birth, Kind Chandrasena went to a forest hunt. where he came across a few Nag Kanyas, who were dressed in red, and asked them what were they doing on the banks of the lake.

To this, they replied that they were observing the Adhik Maas Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat that will help them in getting rid of all their problems.

Inspired by the Nag Kanyas, the king decided to observe the vrat.

However, after getting rid of all problems, the king no longer remained grateful to God and had turned arrogant and unjust.

Subsequently, he died However, he once again took birth in a royal household and to reap the benefits and to endure the curse of the misdeeds of his previous birth.

After listening to the story, Chandrasena realised that he made a huge mistake and he committed a crime and that he will not repeat such a mistake ever again.

He observed a vrat along with Ratnavali on the day of Chaturthi, Krishna Paksha, Adhik Maas wholeheartedly.

His devotion and faith worked wonders and he got his lost kingdom and glory back.

However, with this story,

Draupadi got all her answers and so did Pandavas and they realised that Karma plays an important role in one’s life as what you sow is what you reap.

Sankashti Chathurthi 

Sankashti Chaturthi, a holy Hindu festival, is held in honor of Lord Ganesha, the god of prosperity and the remover of obstacles.

Let’s look at the dates, times, history, significance, and vrat (fasting) rituals procedure related to Sankashti Chaturthi as we get closer to .

In Hindu culture, this joyous occasion is of utmost significance and offers believers a chance to ask for Lord Ganesha’s blessings.

Dates of Sankashti Chaturthi in

There will be several opportunities for devotees to observe this vrat in  since Sankashti Chaturthi falls on various dates throughout the year.

The following dates will be noteworthy for Sankashti Chaturthi in :

Pandit ji Noida Sec 62 for Sankashti Chaturthi: Devotees must follow certain rites and practices as part of the Pandit ji Noida Sec 62 for Sankashti Chaturthi. The Vrat process is outlined as follows:

  1. Getting ready for the Vrat:

Bathe or shower to cleanse oneself. Put on clean, new clothing.

Adding flowers and other lucky objects to the puja area can turn it into a hallowed sanctuary.

  1. Ganesha Puja:

Invoke Lord Ganesha and ask for his blessings before starting the ritual.

Offer the deity a lamp or diya that has been lit.

Present chocolates, fresh flowers, and fruit as a token of your devotion.

Recite Ganesha-related prayers, mantras, and hymns.

Chant the tale that explains the meaning of the vat, the Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat Katha.

Sing hymns and do aarti (the ritual of waving a lamp).

  1. Observance of Vrat:

From the sun’s rising to the moon’s rising, keep fast by avoiding food and liquids.

During the vrat, devotees might eat fruits, milk, or light meals.

Take the time to meditate, recite, and consider Lord Ganesha’s blessings.

Avoid having any unwholesome thoughts, words, or deeds.

  1. Moonrise and the end of the Vrat:

Break the fast by ingesting water or a ceremonial offering after spotting the moonrise.

Gratitude is expressed to Pandit ji Noida Sec 62 for his guidance and blessings.

Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi 

Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi is one of the 13 Sankatahara Ganesha Chaturthi Vratas.

Every month, different forms of Lord Ganesha are worshipped along with different Peetha.

As per the Hindu calendar, Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi falls in Vaishakha month.

In Bavishyat and Narasimha Purana, the greatness of Sankashti Chaturthi puja and vrat are described.

It is also believed that Lord Krishna narrated the importance of Sankasthti Chaturthi to Yudhishthira.

Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi Tithi And Timings in

Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi date is on Thursday, May 8,
Name of Lord Ganesha worshipped on this day: Chanakra Raja Ekadanta Maha Ganpati
Peetha: Srichakra Peetha
Chaturthi Tithi Begins – 08:48 PM on May 08,
Chaturthi Tithi Ends – 06:38 PM on May 09,

Significance Of Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi

Lord Ganesha is also known as Vighnaharta, meaning the remover of all the obstacles.

Every month, there is a day that is specifically dedicated to the Lord Ganesha, that day is Sankashti Chaturthi.

Sankashti Chaturthi is observed in every Lunar month of the Hindu calendar and falls on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha.

The one, which falls in the month of Vaishakha is called Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi. Moreover, it is believed that when Chaturthi falls on Saturday, it is very auspicious and named as Angaraki

Sankashti Chaturthi.

As per Hindu Mythology, it is the day when Lord Ganesha was declared as supreme God.

By observing the vrat of Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi, devotees can prevent every problem in life. Literally, ‘Sankat’ means problems and ‘hara’ means the destroyer.

On the day of Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi, Abhishekam is the main ritual observed during Lord Ganesha Puja.

It is also believed that Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi vrat relieves the devotees of all their sins and confers a place in Svananda Loka – the abode of Lord Ganesha.

This day believes to disappear all the difficulties and hurdles, and bestows the devotees with health, wealth, and prosperity.

Rituals For Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi

On this day, there is a special significance of sighting the moon.

Devotees get up early in the morning, get ready and dedicate the day worshipping Lord Ganesha. Many devotees also keep fast on Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi wherein they are allowed to eat fruits.

The idol of Lord Ganesha is decorated with durva grass and fresh flowers. A lamp is lit and Vedic mantras are chanted. In the evening, Sankashti puja is performed dedicated to the moon or Chandra God.

Also, on this day, special Naivedya or Bhog is prepared, which includes the favorite dish of Lord Ganesha, Modak (a sweet made up of coconut and jaggery).

Ganesha Aarti is performed and later the prasad is distributed among all devotees.

The Fasting Rules Of Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi

The devotees need to observe the full day fast from morning to evening and perform the puja Ganesh puja in the evening.

Once the puja is finished, devotees see the moon and make the offering to the moon god.

This offering primarily includes sandals paste, water, rice,and flowers.

This is where devotees conclude the fast.

If one is not able to do the complete fast, they can take the milk and fruits.

The best aspect of this fasting is that people can either go for a full day or partial fasting depends on their preference and capability.

Fasting observers can only consume fruits, vegetables, and roots of the plants. The basic diet on this day includes peanuts, potatoes, and sabudana khichdi.

Benefits of fasting on Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi

The core benefit of this fasting is that it removes the various obstacles in life and provides progress and happiness.

If people religiously follow the fast every year, it relieves them from their sins and gives them a place in the Svananda Lok which is an abode of Lord Ganesha.

The Story Behind EKadanta Sankashti Chaturthi

There was a sage called Bhrushundi who had an elephant trunk due to constant focus on Lord Ganesha.

His devotion has made him powerful and people come to him for blessings.

One day Lord Indra came to meet the sage and was about to return to his abode from celestial flight.

As he left for the kingdom of Shursen, a sinner in that kingdom had its eye on Indra’s flight, hence, the flight landed on the land and lost its power due to the evil look.

King Shursen came running to Indra for his blessings and found his flight in such bad condition. Indra explained the whole issue to Shursen and also suggested the solution.

He said that he needs to recharge the flight with some punya so that it starts flying once again.

As the previous day was Sankashti Chaturthi, Indira needs anyone who has attained punya by observing the fast Sankashti Chaturthi.

It would give Indra the merits and his flight will once again start flying. The soldiers searched throughout the kingdom and found no one who could have observed the fasting.

During that time, the soldiers of Lord Ganesha were carrying a sinner who passed away that morning in the abode of Lord Ganesha. Indira asked the reason behind carrying the sinner.

In which, soldiers replied that the sinner had fallen ill due to not eating anything the whole day of Sankashti Chaturthi. It leads to the death of that sinner in the morning.

In a way, that sinner has observed the fast unintentionally and attained a lot of merits to remove all the sins and earn a place in the abode of Lord Ganesha.

During this whole time, the air that touched the body of the sinner also touched the plane which restored the working condition of flight.

Sankashti Chathurthi or Sankat Chauth

Chathurthi is a Tithi in Hindu Calendar. Each lunar month in Hindu Calendar has two Chathurthi Tithis, one is in Krishna paksha and another in Shukla paksha.

As per Purnimanth Calendar, the one falls in Krishna paksha is called as Sankashti Chaturthi and the one falls in Shukla paksha is called as Vinayaka Chathurthi.

In North India, Sankashti Chaturthi is known as Sankat Chauth. Sankashti Chathurthi is also known as Ganesh Sankatahara Chathurthi or Sankatahara Chathurthi.

Sankashti Chathurthi falls in

Sankashti Chathurthi falls in month of Magha according to Purnimanth Calendar and in the month of Paush according to Amavasyanth Calendar. 

Sankashti Chaturthi fast is mostly observed in Western and Southern India especially in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Sakat Chauth is also known as Til-Kuta Chauth, Vakra-

Sankashti Chaturthi fast is mostly observed in Western and Southern India especially in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Sakat Chauth is also known as Til-Kuta Chauth, Vakra-

Sakat Chauth is also known as Til-Kuta Chauth, Vakra-Tundi Chaturthi, and Maghi Chauth.

Lord Ganesha

Sankashti Chaturthi vrat is observed on this day to be free of dangers.

Deity of this vrat is Lord Sri Ganesh. Sankashti Vrat and Puja is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Sankashti fasting is from morning to the sighting of the moon and Sankashti Puja is performed in the evening.

Observing Sankashta Chaturthi is believed to help in removing all difficulties and obstacles in life.

Sankashti fasting is from morning to the sighting of the moon and Sankashti Puja is performed in the evening.

Observing Sankashta Chaturthi is believed to help in removing all difficulties and obstacles in life.

Observing Sankashta Chaturthi is believed to help in removing all difficulties and obstacles in life.

When Sankashti Chaturthi falls on Tuesday, it is known as Angaraki Chaturthi and it is considered highly auspicious.

For most people, Sankashti Chaturti is a complete fast which is broken after sighting the moon and performing puja.

There are also people who observe partial fast.

Sankashti Chaturthi or Sankat Chauth Rituals

  • Fasting throughout the day or Partial fasting
  • Ganesha Puja and Vrat
  • Worship of the Moon (Chandra Puja)
  • Chanting the stotras
  • Sri Ganesha  Sahasra Namavali chanting

13 Names Of Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat In Hinduism

Names of Sankashti Chaturthi in Hinduism. 13 names of Sankashti Chaturthi, also known as Sankata Hara Chaturthi, an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha after full moon day as per the traditional Hindu lunar calendar.

If Sankashti Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday, it is called Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi and is considered highly auspicious among all Sankashti Chaturthi days.

On Sankashti Chaturthi day, the Hindu devotees observe strict fast.

The fast is broken at night after sighting the moon.

Then after prayers to Lord Ganesha is offered and puja is performed.

As Lord Ganesha is believed to remove all obstacles, it is said that wishes would be fulfilled if one keeps strict fast on this day.

13 Names Of Sankashti Chaturthi Vrats

During each Hindu lunar month, Lord Ganesha is worshiped with a different name and peetha, the seat of power.

Each Sakashti Chaturthi day has a unique purpose and is explained in the ‘Vratha Katha’.

The Vratha Katha names 13 different Lord Ganesha Vratha Kathas, one for each month.

The 13th one is for ‘adhika month’ in each leap year.

  1. Chaitra Hindu Month
    Vikata Maha Ganapati Sankashti Vrat
    Vinayaka Peetha
  2. Vaishakha Hindu Month
    Chanakra Raja Ekadanta Ganapathi Sankashti Vrat
    Srichakra Peetha
  3. Jeshtha Hindu Month     
    Krishna Pingala Maha Ganapati Sankashti Vrat
    Sri Shakthi Ganapathi Peetha
  4. Ashadha Hindu Month     
    Gajaanana Ganapati Sankashti Vrat
    Vishnu Peetha
  5. Shravana Hindu Month     
    Heramba Maha Ganapati Sankashti Vrat
    Ganapathi Peetha
  6. Bhadrapada Hindu Month
    Vignaraja Maha Ganapati Sankashti Vrat
    Vigneshwara Peetha
  7. Ashwin Hindu Month     
    Vakrathunda Maha Ganapati Sankashti Vrat
    Bhuvaneshwari Peetha
  8. Kartik Hindu Month
    Ganadipa Maha Ganapati Sankashti Vrat
    Shiva Peetha
  9. Margashira Hindu Month
    Akuratha Maha Ganapati Sankashti Vrat
    Durga Peetha
  10. Paush Hindu Month
    Lambodara Maha Ganapati Sankashti Vrat
    Soura Peetha
  11. Magha Hindu Month
    Dwijapriya Maha Ganapati Sankashti Vrat
    Samanya deva Peetha
  12. Phalguna Hindu Month
    Balachandra Maha Ganapati Sankashti Vrat
    Agama Peetha
  13. Adhika Hindu Month
    Vibhuvana Palaka Maha Ganapati Sankashti Vrat
    Doorva Bilva Patra Peetha

Sankata Hara Chaturthi

Sankashti Chaturthi is an auspicious day dedicated to Ganesha.

This day is observed in every lunar month of the Hindu calendar on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha (dark lunar phase or the waning phase).

If this Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday it is called Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi.

Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi is considered highly important among all Sankashti Chaturthi days. This is said to have started around 700 BC as an obstacle removal ritual regarding conflicting views of confidence as stated by Abhisheka Maharishi in tutoring his pupil Aishwarya while deriving due reason from the scriptures

Details

On this day, the devotees observe strict fast.

They break the fast at night after having darshan/auspicious sight of the moon preceded by prayers to Ganesha.

The Angaraki Chaturthi (angarak in Sanskrit means red like burning coal embers and refers to the planet Mars, which Tuesday is named after) Devotees believe their wishes would be fulfilled if they pray on this day. Observing this fast is believed to reduce problems as Ganesha symbolizes the removal of all obstacles and supreme lord of intelligence.

Before moonlight the Ganapati Atharvasheersha is recited to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha.

The ganesha is the God of God’s but there’s no evidence to depict that fasting was a mandate by the God.

During each month, Ganesha is worshiped with a different name and peeta (seat).

On the Sakashta Chaturthi day of each month, the ‘Sankashta Ganapathi Pooja’ prayer is performed.

Each Vratha (strict fast) has a purpose and is explained to us by a story known as the Vratha Katha.

This prayer offering has 13 Vratha Kathas, one for each month and the 13th story is for adhika (The Hindu calendar has one extra month every 4 years).

The uniqueness of this Vratha is that the story pertaining to that month alone has to be recited.

The Sankasta Ganapathi Pooja – 13 Names and Peetas

Month   Name of Ganesha of which the pooja is performed       Name of the peeta

Chaitra Masa     Vikata Maha Ganapati     Vinayaka Peeta

Vaishakha Masa     Chanakra Raja Ekadanta Ganapathi     Srichakra Peeta

Jeshtha Masa     Krishna Pingala Maha Ganapati     Sri Shakthi Ganapathi Peeta

Ashadha Masa  Gajaanana Ganapati      Vishnu Peeta

Shravana Masa Heramba Maha Ganapati            Ganapathi Peeta

Bhadrapada Masa         Vignaraja Maha Ganapati           Vigneshwara Peeta

Ashweeja Masa Vakrathunda Maha Ganapati      Bhuvaneshwari Peeta

Karthika Masa   Ganadipa Maha Ganapati           Shiva Peeta

Margashira Masa           Akuratha Maha Ganapati            Durga Peeta

Pushya Masa    Lambodara Maha Ganapati        Soura Peeta

Magha Masa     Dwijapriya Maha Ganapati          Samanya deva Peeta

Phalguna Masa Balachandra Maha Ganapati       Agama Peeta

Adhika Masa     Vibhuvana Palaka Maha Ganapati          Doorva Bilva Patra Peeta It is believed that Ganesh bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during this day.

It is the day Shiva declared his son Ganesha as superior to all the gods, barring Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva and Parvati.

Ganesh is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel.

Legend

Traditional stories tell that Ganesha was created by the goddess Parvati, consort of Shiva.

Parvati created Ganesha out of sandalwood paste that she used for her bath and breathed life into the figure.

She then set him to stand guard at her door while she bathed. Shiva returned and, as Ganesha didn’t know him, he didn’t allow him to enter.

Shiva became enraged and asked his follower gods to teach the child some manners.

Ganesha was very powerful, being born of Parvati, the embodiment of shakti (or power).

He defeated the godly-followers (called “Gana”s) and declared nobody was allowed to enter while his mother was bathing.

The sage of heavens, Narada, along with the Saptarshi (the seven wise rishis) sensed a growing turmoil and went to appease the boy with no results.

Angered, the king of Gods, Indra attacked the boy with his entire heavenly army but even they didn’t stand a chance.

By then, this issue had become a matter of pride for Parvathi and Shiva.

After the devas were defeated, the trinity, the controller, preserver and destroyer of the universe launched an attack against Ganesha.

Amidst the fighting, Shiva severed the head of the child and brought on Parvathi’s rage.

Seeing her son dead, Parvathi revealed her true self, as the Adi-shakti, the prime energy that fuels the universe and sustains matter.

Taking on a terrible form, she vowed to destroy the universe where her son was killed and re-create a better one.

The gods prostrated before her and Shiva promised that her son will live again.

The trinity hunted the world for a head and came across a mother elephant crying for her dead baby.

They consoled the mother and fixed the head of the baby elephant in place of Ganesha’s head. Lord Shiva also declared that from this day, the boy would be called as “Ganesha” (Gana-Isha: lord of the Ganas). In this way, Ganesha came to be depicted as the elephant-headed god.

Date

Sankashti Chaturthi comes on every 4th day after Pournami full moon (Krishna Paksha) of Hindu lunar calendar month.

Sankashti Chaturthi 

Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha. It is observed on the chaturthi of the Krishna Paksha of every Hindu calendar month.

On this day, devotees worship Lord Ganesha to help them overcome all the obstacles in life.

Sankashti Chaturthi October  Date: October 13, Thursday.

Tithi Time: October 13, 1:59 am – October 14, 3:08 am.

Rituals: On the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, devotees wake up early in the morning and take bath. They dedicate the day towards worshipping Lord Ganesha.

The devotees observe a strict fast while some keep a partial fast too.

The observer of this fast can consume fruits, vegetables and roots of plants.

The staple diet on this day comprises of peanuts, potatoes and sabudana khichdi.

The Sankashti puja is done in the evening, after seeing the moon. During the puja, the idol of Lord Ganesha is decorated with flowers. A lamp is also lit in front of the idol.

The devotees then read the ‘vrat katha’ specific to the month.

The fast is broken after worshipping Lord Ganesha and seeing the moon in the evening.

Naivedya comprising modaks and other favourite eatables of Lord Ganesha is prepared as offering on this occasion.

It is auspicious to recite the ‘Ganesha Ashtottara’, ‘Sankashtnashana sthothra’ and ‘Vakratunda Mahakaya’ on this day.

Significance: It is believed that devotees get a prosperous life by worshipping Lord Ganesha on this day.

Childless couples also observe the Sankashti Chaturthi vrat to be blessed with children.

Sankashti Chaturthi  Dates for all months:

SANKASHTI CHATURTHI

Sankashti Chaturthi or Sankatahara Chaturthi is a festival devoted to the benign Elephant God or Lord Ganesha.

On this day, devotees worship Lord Ganesha to overcome their hurdles in life and to come out as an achiever in difficult times.

This Hindu festival is observed every month on the “Chaturthi” (Fourth Day) of the Krishna Paksha (the waning phase of moon).

It is also known by the name of “Sankat Hara Chaturthi” in the state of Tamil Nadu in India.

The most promising and auspicious Sankashti Chaturthi is known as the Angaraki Chaturthi, which falls on a Tuesday.

A lunar month in the Hindu Panchang shows two Chaturthi Tithis (Dates). 

‘Sankashti Chaturthi’ falls after Puranmasi or on the full moon day during the Krishna Paksha, while the ‘Vinayaka Chaturthi’ falls after Amavasya or on the new moon day during the Shukla Paksha. Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated in the Northern as well as the Southern states of India.

The word “Sankashti” comes from Sanskrit and implies “freedom from difficult times”.

Sankathara Chaturthi Pooja Procedure

  • Devotees wake up early this day to worship Lord Ganesha as per the norms of Sankashti Chaturthi fasting procedure.
  • You may only eat the roots of plants, fruits and raw vegetables while doing this pooja.
  • A normal diet on this day comprises of fresh potatoes, Sabudana and peanuts.
  • Durva grass and fresh flowers are used to decorate the idol of Lord Ganesha.
  • This is followed by narration of the ‘Vrat Katha’ for the month in honour of the Lord.
  • Sankatahara Chaturthi Pooja is done in the evening after viewing the moon (Chandrodaya). You can break your fast only after you have held the moon in plain sight.

Importance Of Sankashti Chaturthi

The sighting of the moon is a sacred ritual observed diligently on the Chaturthi Tithi.

After the Sankashti Chaturthi moonrise, the fast is broken.

It is believed that all desires get fulfilled if an individual keeps this fast.

There are a total 13 Vrats, which constitute the perfect cycle of Sankashti Chaturthi and for every Vrat there is a different Vrat Katha. ‘Adika’ is the last Katha which can be read once every four years.

Sankashti Chaturthi: Date, Time, Rituals, and Significance

Sankashti Chaturthi, also called Sankatahara Chaturthi, in south Indian states, is an auspicious festival for Hindus, celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha.

It is observed during every Hindu Calendar month on the ‘chaturthi’ (fourth day) of the Krishna Paksha (the waning phase of moon).

Furthermore, when Sankashti Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday, it is popular as Angarki Chaturthi and is considered to be the most auspicious of all the Sankashti Chaturthi days.

The celebrations of the festival are prevalent in both northern and southern states of India.

In the state of Maharashtra, the festivities are even more elaborate and grandeur.

The word ‘sankashti’ has a Sanskrit origin and it implies ‘deliverance during difficult times’ whereas ‘chaturthi’ means ‘fourth day or the day of Lord Ganesha’.

Therefore, on this propitious day, devotees worship Lord Ganesha to help them overcome all the obstacles in life and come out victorious in every tough situation.

Rituals of Sankashti Chaturthi:

On the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, devotees get up early and dedicate the day worshipping Lord Ganesha.

They observe a strict fast in the honour of their deity.

Some people can also keep a partial fast.

The observer of this fast can only devour fruits, vegetables and roots of plants.

The staple Indian diet on this day comprises of peanuts, potatoes and sabudana khichadi.

The Sankashti puja is done in the evening, after seeing the moon.

The idol of Lord Ganesha is decorated with Durva grass and fresh flowers.

A lamp is also lit during this time.

Other usual puja rituals like lighting incense and reciting the Vedic mantras are also performed. After this the devotees read the ‘vrat katha’ specific to the month.

The fast is broken only after worshiping Lord Ganesha in the evening and sighting of the moon.

Special ‘naivedya’ comprising of modaks and other favourite eatables of Lord Ganesha is prepared as offering.

This is followed by an ‘aarti’ and later the prasad is distributed among all the devotees.

On the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, special puja rituals are also dedicated to Moon or Chandra God. This involves sprinkling water, chandan (sandalwood) paste, consecrated rice and flowers in the direction of moon.

On this day it is auspicious to recite the ‘Ganesha Ashtothra’, ‘Sankashtnashana sthothra’ and ‘Vakrathunda Mahakaya’ to name a few.

In fact any other Vedic mantras dedicated to Lord Ganesha can be chanted.

Significance of Sankashti Chaturthi:

On the sacred day of Sankashti Chaturthi, there is a special significance in sighting the moon.

The ardent devotees of Lord Ganesha believe that by praying to their deity with dedication, especially on the Angarki Chaturthi day, all their desires will be fulfilled and they will lead a prosperous life.

Childless couples also observe the Sankashti Chaturthi vrat to be blessed with a progeny.

As Sankashti Chaturthi is observed every Lunar month, in each month God Ganesha is worshipped with different peeta (Lotus petals) and name.

There are total of 13 vrats, with each vrat having a specific purpose and story, known as ‘vrat katha’.

Therefore there are 13 ‘vrat katha’ in total, one for every month and the last katha is for ‘adika’ that is the one extra month that comes every four years in the Hindu calendar.

The details of Sankashti Ganapati puja for every month are given below:

Hindu Lunar Month        Name of Lord Ganesha  Name of peeta

Chaitra Masa     Vikata Maha Ganapati    Vinayaka Peeta

Vaishaka Masa  Chanakra Raja Ekadanta Ganapati          Srichakra Peeta

Jeshta Masa     Krishna Pingala Maha Ganapati  Sri Shakti Ganapati Peeta

Ashada Masa    Gajaanana Ganapati      Vishnu Peeta

Shravana Masa Heramba Maha Ganapati            Ganapati Peeta

Bhadrapada Masa         Vignaraja Maha Ganapati           Vigneshwara Peeta

Ashweeja Masa Vakrathunda Maha Ganapati      Bhuvaneshwari Peeta

Karthika Masa   Ganadipa Maha Ganapati           Shiva Peeta

Margashira Masa           Akuratha Maha Ganapati            Durga Peeta

Pushya Masa    Lambodara Maha Ganapati        Soura Peeta

Maga Masa       Dwijapriya Maha Ganapati          Samanya deva Peeta

Palguna Masa   Balachandra Maha Ganapati       Agama Peeta

Adika Masa       Vibhuvana Palaka Maha Ganapati          Doorva Bilva Patra Peeta

The story of each of this vrat is unique for every month and is recited in that month alone.

As per the Hindu scriptures, on this holy day Lord Shiva declared the supremacy of His son, Sankashti(another name for Lord Ganesha) over other Gods, except Vishnu, Lakshmi and Parvati.

From then onwards, Lord Sankashti is worshipped as the God of prosperity, good fortune and freedom.

It is believed that on the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, Lord Ganesha, for all His devotees, bestows His presence of Earth.

The significance of Sankashti Chaturthi vrat is mentioned in the ‘Bhavishaya Purana’ and ‘Narasimha Purana’ and was also explained by Lord Krishna himself, to Yudhishtira, who is the eldest of all Pandavas.

All Sankashti Chaturthi dates in

January 10th Tuesday            Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Jan 10, 12:10 PM – Jan 11, 2:31 PM

February 9th Thursday           Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Feb 09, 6:23 AM – Feb 10, 7:58 AM

March 11th Saturday           Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Mar 10, 9:42 PM – Mar 11, 10:06 PM

April 9th Sunday Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Apr 09, 9:35 AM – Apr 10, 8:37 AM

May 8th Monday            Chaturthi Tithi Timing : May 08, 6:19 PM – May 09, 4:08 PM

June 7th Wednesday       Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Jun 07, 12:50 AM – Jun 07, 9:51 PM

July 6th Thursday           Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Jul 06, 6:30 AM – Jul 07, 3:13 AM

August 4th Friday   Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Aug 04, 12:45 PM – Aug 05, 9:40 AM

September 2nd Saturday           Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Sep 02, 8:49 PM – Sep 03, 6:24 PM

October 2nd Monday            Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Oct 02, 7:36 AM – Oct 03, 6:12 AM

November 1st Wednesday       Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Oct 31, 9:30 PM – Nov 01, 9:19 PM

November 30th Thursday           Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Nov 30, 2:25 PM – Dec 01, 3:31 PM

December 30th Saturday           Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Dec 30, 9:44 AM – Dec 31, 11:56 AM

Sankatahara Chaturthi

Introduction to Sankatahara Chaturthi

The word ‘Sankat’ or ‘Sankata’ means problems and ‘Hara’ means removing or mitigating.

Chaturthi is the 4th day after the New Moon Day or the Full Moon Day.

Sankatahara Chaturthi is thus the day meant especially for eliminating one’s problems.

This day is also called Sankashti Chaturthi. It falls on the 4th lunar day (Chaturthi) after the Full Moon day during Krishna Paksha, the waning phase of the moon, every month.

This is an auspicious day when Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, is worshipped for getting rid of difficulties.

Significance of Sankatahara Chaturthi

According to mythology, Lord Ganapati or Ganesha is regarded as the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

He is hailed as the remover of obstacles and the harbinger of success, and so, he is both loved and venerated.

He has an elephant face, but also has a primordial form with a human head.

He is celebrated as the hero of strength, a happy dancer, a sweet child and many more.

It is considered a good custom to seek his blessings while starting any endeavor or undertaking any venture.

Sankatahara Chaturthi

Mythology behind Sankatahara Chaturthi

According to legends, Goddess Parvati created Lord Ganesha, as she felt the need for an escort while she had a bath.

She created a boy out of sandalwood paste, breathed life into the boy and asked him not to let anyone inside her premises.

When Lord Shiva came to visit the Goddess, the young boy restricted him, without knowing that the Supreme Lord is his father.

A huge battle broke in between them, in which Shiva beheaded Ganesha.

When Parvati returned, she was shocked to see her son dead and took on a terrible form out of anger.

Lord Shiva, tried to amend his mistake, fixed an elephant’s head over the boy’s body and brought him to life.

It is believed that this event and the honor of calling Ganesha as the ‘Lord of the Ganas’ and ‘remover of obstacles’ happened on Sankatahara Chaturthi.

Rituals of Sankatahara Chaturthi

The fourth Waning Moon is an occasion of spiritual significance when the energies available will substantially amplify the effect of any worship done.

Hence, Sankatahara Chaturthi is specially chosen for Ganesha’s worship to get effective relief from obstacles.

Ancient texts too speak about the importance of the day, narrating stories highlighting its significance.

While people visit temples for offering prayers to the Lord, idols of Ganapati made of clay are also installed at homes and worshipped.

Sankatahara Chaturthi worship consists mainly of the ceremony of smashing coconuts.

In this, coconuts in large and varying numbers are smashed on stone or the ground in front of the idol or select locations, as a form of ritualistic worship.

Just like Lord Shiva having three eyes symbolizing the three fundamental activities of creating, preserving and destroying, the coconut too has three eyes that stand for ego, illusion, and karma that form the very basis of any obstacle.

By smashing the three-eyed coconut, we can wipe out the karmic influences, so that all impediments are removed, and we can make rapid progress in both, the material and spiritual domains.

Some devotees also observe Vrat (fasting) on this day, until the sighting of the Moon in the evening and this is known as Sankatahara Chaturthi Vrat.

Benefits of Observing Sankatahara Chaturthi Vrat

Worshipping Lord Ganesha on Sankatahara Chaturthi can get you his graceful blessings.

Clear problems and hurdles in life

Grant happiness and prosperity

Fulfilment of wishes

Blessings of progeny

Remove negative energies including the evil eye

Help to acquire wealth and prosperity in the current life

Relief from sins and help attain moksha (salvation)

Connect With The Divine

The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine.

Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings.

Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.

Ganesha Pooja

Lord Ganesha is the chief deity of this powerful Pooja.

He is considered the ‘God of Luck’ and he blesses his devotees with smooth success in all their endeavors! Shri Ganesha is remembered by all his devotees at every moment of their lives.

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What is Sankashti Chaturthi’s significance?

The Sankashti Chaturthi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

It is celebrated on every fourth day of the full moon or Krishna Paksha according to the Hindu calendar.

Sankashti Chaturthi is a famous fast observed by most men and women for the welfare of their families.

Sankashti means deliverance from the troubled times.

Thus, observing this Vrat is believed to reduce all the problems in a person’s life because Lord Ganesha is the remover of all obstacles and problems.

People observe strict fast on the day of Sankashti Chaturthi and break the fast only at night after viewing the moon.

Sankashti Vrat is the fast that eradicates all obstacles from the devotees lives.

It heralds auspicious beginnings and blesses people with prosperity, intelligence and happy family life.

Why is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated?

Lord Ganesha is the Hindu God (Deity) who is believed to be the Lord of new beginnings therefore, he is worshipped at the start of all Hindu religious ceremonies.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of Ganesh ji to earth from Kailash Parvat with their mother Goddess Parvati/Gauri.

The festival is marked with the installation of Ganesh clay idols privately in homes, or publicly on elaborate pandals. He is the Lord of letters and is associated with intellectualism.

Hence, he is the patron of authors, bankers, scholars and the like. He is also called ‘Vighnaharta’ i.e. the remover of obstacles.

deep research of holy Vedas and pious Bhagavad Gita and other scriptures provides evidence that the whole universe is created by Aadi Ganesha who is immortal?

He is the destroyer of sins. (Yajurveda Adhyaya 8 Mantra 13) He is the remover of obstacles.

He is the supreme Lord who is worthy to be worshipped. (Yajurveda Adhyaya 5 Mantra 32).

This raises a question in the mind of devotees when Aadi Ganesha is Almighty then why do people worship demigods?

Is Aadi Ganesha different from Lord Ganesha?

Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He resides with them on Mount Kailash in ‘Ganesh Lok’.

Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu’s powers are limited since, both Tamogun-Shiv Ji and Sat-gun-Vishnu Ji and even Goddess Parvati-an epitome of Shakti who can even destroy the creation could not restore the original head of Ganesha.

They had to put the head of an elephant.

Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Parvati, and all other deities present there were inefficient.

They have limited powers.

Then what relief they can provide to their seekers is well understood.

Ganesha died and then was restored to life- meaning he was born again.

He is in the cycle of birth and death. He is not immortal then how can his disciples be relieved from birth and rebirth?.

This should be well understood to all devotees that lord Ganesha is also a demigod.

This practice of celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi is not scripture based and is simply worshipping according to one’s desire.

In Shrimad Bhagwat Gita Chapter 16 Verse 23, the knowledge giver of Gita Ji says that ‘Oh Arjun, whoever denounces the way of worship as mentioned in the scriptures and worships according to his own desires gets no benefit be it a worldly desire or salvation’.

Gita Chapter 9 Verse 23-24 does not support the worship of demigods since it is opposite to the scriptures which is the cause of their decline.

The right way of worship is by taking initiation from a tatvadarshi saint and chanting the mantra given by him.

Scientifically the women’s menstrual cycle is related to moons movements.

On no-moon day she gets into periods and ovulates around full moon.

To have child the days right after ovulation are very important for wife and husband to meet.

So, these 3–4 days are the days around full moon day are very important, as there is high probability to have a child if husband and wife are together. due to women’s ovulation cycle.

But due to ignorance, and traditional joint families husband and wife could not get that privacy at the right time always.

But some intelligent Rishis/people have found reasonable solution to get this mostly right to increase chances of having children.

Chaturthi (4th day), after full moon day is a day in Indian time zone when Moon rises late at night (but still before too late like midnight).

So the couple is asked to observe full day fast and Pooja and dinner only after moonrise late night, especially in the name of the most important god (Ganesha) to bless each other.

This means wife is exclusively with her husband, even in a joint family and spend late night together in pooja followed by dinner and possible romance afterwards.

Due to various reasons and uncertain situations, the fasting and Pooja became responsibility of Wife only.

The Karvwa Chauth is one such day around Navaratri/Dashahara when celebrations are high in northern India.

Which has more reasons around this.

If we know Ram met Seetha first time after war and Ravan was killed on Dashahara day.

Probably we know why that ‘Karwa Chauth’ day is more important.

Hence, a festival is more meaningful where husband and wife are meeting on spiritual grounds with calm and personal time, to be blessed with good children.

They pray using grass, few cultures radish and off-course coconut (which all are related to fertility).

Sankatahara Chaturthi – A Day to Smash Hit Your Problems

Sankatahara Chaturthi or Sankashti Chaturthi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Sankata literally means “problems or worries” and Hara means “removing or eliminating”.

So Sankatahara Chaturthi provides the opportunity to get rid of your problems and obstacles.

Significance of Sankatahara Chaturthi

Sankatahara Chaturthi falls on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase), every month. This is an ideal day to participate in special pooja and Homas (fire rituals) dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles.

Lord Ganesha idols made of clay, cow-dung, etc are worshipped through a simple process to earn the grace of the Lord.

A special coconut smashing ceremony is a prime attraction of the day.

What’s Special in Coconut Smashing on Sankatahara Chaturthi?

Smashing coconuts on Sankatahara Chaturthi helps you to remove your negative influences as this is considered as a spiritual technology that manifests in both your material and spiritual worlds.

The coconut energetically absorbs your lower vibrations.

When it is smashed, the energy holding back your progress is forcefully disseminated.

The 4th waning moons is an ideal time as the energies available on this phase is favorable for removing obstacles that include even the evil eye and delays in ventures and thus the obstacle removing power is amplified manifold if performed on the 4th Waning Moon.

The spiritual importance, greatness and significance of Sankatahara Chaturthi are even mentioned in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishya Purana.

It is said that even the Gods seek the counsel of Lord Ganesha before taking up anything. According to legends when Lord Shiva was heading ahead in his Chariot to destroy the Tripurams (the 3 cities of Ego, Maya, and Karma), the Axle on His chariot had broken into two pieces.

This reminded him that He had not meditated and prayed to Ganesha prior to his setting out on his mission.

Special Coconut Smashing Ceremony

A special coconut shattering ceremony has been organized for individuals, families and business by AstroVed in a temple near Chennai.

This temple is blessed with abundant spiritual sanctity and ensures that your obstacles are indeed blown off or smashed to bits!

Sankatahara Chaturthi

Sankatahara Chaturthi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

It is celebrated every month [lunar], on the fourth day of the waning phase of the moon [Krishna Paksham].

It is the fourth day after the full moon day.

If the chaturthi falls on a tuesday, it is considered even more auspicious.

Fasting on Sankatahara Chaturthi

Fasting on Sankatahara Chaturthi is considered auspicious and beneficial.

It is believed that if we take up this vratam and continue it for one year, fasting on all the Sankatahara Chaturthi days, culminating the vratam by performing the “Maha Ganapathi Homam“, all difficult tasks in life will be completed and all obstacles removed from our life.

Even though any day could be a good day to pray to Lord Ganesha, sankatahara chaturthi is supposed to be the best day for the sankatahara chaturthi vratham.

Sankatahara literally means breaking or removing of sorrow. So, it is believed that fasting on sankatahara chaturthi will bring a speedy end to your sorrows.

Also, it is believed that if one looks at the moon on a waxing phase moon on a chathurti, he will fall from grace and that performing the chaturthi vratham will help him regain his status.

It is also believed that performing the vratham every month on the chaturthi day will bring all happiness and wealth ani the family and remove all obstacles.

There are various other good things attributed to the chaturthi vratham or fasting, such as getting relief from long standing sickness, improvement in education, sharp intelligence, long life, relief from sani dosha and so on.

Every month puja on the Sankatahara Chaturthi is performed and Lord Ganesha is worshipped under different forms every month.

On Sankatahara Chaturthi, Lord Ganesha blesses his devotees with his presence on Earth at the time of the celebrations.

Worship lord Ganesha on Chaturdashi for prosperity and happiness

There are thousands of deities according to Hindu mythology and there are specific days to worship them.

Lord Ganesha is one of the deities who is worshiped with great dedication all over India.

It is believed that he is the god for prosperity, happiness and knowledge.

Another name of the lord Ganesha is Vighaneshwara which means the remover of the obstacles. Thus, before starting any work, the name of lord Ganesha is enchanted and prayer is offered to make all the work successful and free from the obstacles.

Significance of Sankatahara Chaturthi

According to the Hindu calendar, each lunar month has two Chaturthi Tithi which is dedicated to lord Ganesha.

The Chaturdashi which falls after the poornima or full moon in the month of the Krishna paksha is celebrated as the Sankatahara Chaturthi. Sankatahara Chaturthi is one of the most auspicious days to worship lord Ganesha.

Sankatahara Chaturthi is the day on which strict fast is observed which is broken after sighting the Lord moon.

It is expected that Lord Ganesha relived you from pains of the life, kuja and manglik dosha in your horoscope.

He also saves you from the effects of the sins which you have committed in your human life to make all your births happy and prosperous after the death of the immortal human body.

Perform Sankashti pujan

Prayers are offered to lord Ganesha after taking bath in the morning.

Earthen lamp is lit and the arti of Lord Ganesha is sung with love.

On this auspicious day you can fast by drinking water and no food at all for the day.

Those who find it difficult to fast for the whole day on Sankatahara Chaturthi may go for partial fast and can eat fresh fruits and sabudana khichdi but salt must be avoided in any form. You are supposed to chant the names of lord Ganesha with fill devotion.

Several lord Ganesha mantras are also needed to be enchanted while fasting on Sankatahara Chaturthi.

Some of the mantras are Ganesha Ashtothara Sankashtnashana sthothra or Vakrathunda mahakaya.

In the evening, pujan of lord Ganesha starts after sighting the moon. In case the moon is not visible to you then you can perform pujan according to the moonrise time on that day according to the Hindu Panchang.

After seeing the moon, you have to decorate the idol or poster of the lord Ganesha with durva grass and yellow or red flowers. Banana, coconut and sweets are offered to lord Ganesha, arti is performed and then Prasad is distributed among the people.

Benefits of Sankatahara Chaturthi

Lord Ganesha is worshipped before starting any work; the benefit of Sankatahara Chaturthi is that none of your work will ever face the hurdles till the blessings of lord Ganesha are with you.

If you want to know the benefits of fasting and worshipping lord Ganesha on Sankatahara Chaturthi, then you should read Ganesha puran.

To save from the slavery, cure of leprosy, escape of the unexpected death, blessing for true knowledge and many more reasons Sankatahara Chaturthi is celebrated in Hindu religion.

Significance of Sankasta chaturthi

Sankashti Chaturthi, also known simply as Sankatahara Chaturthi, is a significant Hindu religious observance dedicated to the worship of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity who is revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of wisdom, and the harbinger of good fortune.

This monthly festival falls on the fourth day (Chaturthi) of the waning phase of the moon (Krishna Paksha) in the Hindu calendar, usually every month but with heightened importance during certain times of the year.

Here’s a deeper look at the significance of Sankashti Chaturthi:

  1. Ganesha Worship: Sankashti Chaturthi is primarily observed to venerate Lord Ganesha. Devotees offer prayers, perform pujas, and seek His blessings to remove obstacles and hurdles in their lives. Ganesha is believed to provide wisdom, intellect, and the strength to overcome challenges.
  2. Monthly Observance: While Ganesh Chaturthi is a grand annual celebration, Sankashti Chaturthi is observed every month, making it a regular occasion for devotees to connect with Lord Ganesha. It is a reminder to constantly seek His guidance in navigating life’s challenges.
  3. Timing Matters: The timing of Sankashti Chaturthi is significant. It occurs during the waning phase of the moon, which symbolizes the removal of negativity and obstacles. This aligns with the theme of Lord Ganesha’s ability to eliminate impediments from one’s path.
  4. Fasting and Rituals: Devotees often observe a strict fast from sunrise to moonrise on Sankashti Chaturthi. They break the fast only after sighting the moon and performing the evening prayers. The fast is a form of penance and is believed to bring spiritual growth and the fulfillment of wishes.
  5. Community Bonding: Sankashti Chaturthi is not just an individual observance. It fosters a sense of community among devotees who come together to perform rituals, share stories, and participate in the worship of Lord Ganesha. This sense of unity strengthens their devotion and faith.
  6. Positive Impact: Many people believe that observing Sankashti Chaturthi brings about positive changes in their lives. They pray for success in their endeavors, academic achievements, and overall well-being. It instills hope and optimism.
  7. Cultural Significance: This festival holds cultural significance in regions where Lord Ganesha is particularly revered, such as Maharashtra and parts of South India. The celebrations include traditional music, dance, and the recitation of devotional songs, adding to the cultural richness of the area.

In conclusion, Sankashti Chaturthi is a monthly celebration that holds immense importance for Hindus who seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha to overcome challenges and obstacles in their lives. It is a testament to the enduring faith and devotion of millions of people who believe in the power of Lord Ganesha to bring positivity, wisdom, and success.

Significance Of Sankashti Chaturthi

The Sankashti Chaturthi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

It is celebrated on every fourth day of the full moon or Krishna Paksha according to the Hindu calendar.

Sankasthi Chaturthi is a very famous fast observed by most women for the welfare of their families. Sankashti means deliverance from the troubled times.

Thus, observing this vrat is believed to reduce all the problems in a person’s life because Lord Ganesha is the remover of all obstacles and problems. 

people observe strict fast on the day of Sankashti Chaturthi and break the fast only at night after viewing the moon.

FLOWERS TO WORSHIP LORD GANESHA

Sankasthi Chaturthi is celebrated every month.

During each month, Lord Ganesha is worshipped with a different name and peeta.

The story for each month is recited while worshipping Lord Ganesha on Sankashti Chaturthi.

Apart from Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva is also worshipped.

Legend Of Sankashti Chaturthi

Ganesha would be worshipped first in any ceremony and He would be the remover of all obstacles. It is believed that Lord Shiva bestowed this boon upon Lord Ganesha on Sankashti Chaturthi day. Thus, people worship Sankathara or Vighnaharta on Sankashti Chaturthi to get rid of all the obstacles in their lives.

 Significance Of Sankashti Chaturthi

The Sankashti Chaturthi has a great significance.

The pooja is performed for the well-being and prosperity of the family.

The Sankashti Chaturthi pooja is performed in the evening after sighting the moon.

The idol of Ganesha is placed on a clean platform.

Flowers and Durva grass is offered to the Lord. Delicacies like laddoos and modaks are placed before Lord Ganesha.

After the sighting of moon, the pooja begins with reciting the Vrata Katha or the stories of the particular month.

This pooja is usually performed by a couple who observe fast to get blessed with the progeny for the family to grow.

Significance of Sankashti and Vinayaki Chaturthi – Importance of Chaturthi Fasting for Ganesha

The fourth day after new moon and fourth day after full moon in the Hindu calendar is observed as Chaturthi and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

Most people must be aware of only the Ganesh Chaturthi festival that takes place in the month of Bhadrapada (August-September).

But there are two Chaturthis in a month – Sankashti and Vinayaki – and staunch Ganesha devotees observe a fast on the Chaturthi after full moon and this is considered very important.

The monthly Chaturthi day which falls after full moon in which a fast (fasting) is observed is known as Sankashti Chaturthi.

The fast ends on the day after moonrise. Special Ganesh pujas are done in the evening.

The monthly Chaturthi after Amavasya or new moon is known as Vinayaki Chaturthi.

When Sankashti Chaturthi falls on Tuesday, it is known as Angarki Chaturthi and it is considered highly auspicious.

The benefits of Chaturthi fasting include material progress, happiness and fulfillment of desires. The importance of Chaturthi vrat was explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas. It is also mentioned in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.

Sankashti Chaturthi

Sankashti Chaturthi, also called Sankathara Chaturthi, is a day in every lunar month of Hindu calendar, devoted to Shri Ganesha.

The day mainly comes on the fourth day of Krishna paksha (dark lunar phase).

It is called Angaraki Sankashti if it falls on Tuesday. Angarak means burning coal that looks red and signifies planet Mars.

Angaraki is the most important of all the Sankashti Chaturthi days.

It is said that Bhagwan Shiva declared his son to be superior of all Bhagwans except Vishnuji, Parvatiji, Lakshmiji and Shivji.

Sankashti Chaturthi

Every month, as per the Hindu Lunar calendar, has two Chaturthi, one in Krishna Paksha and the other in Shukla Paksha.

The one that falls in Krishna Paksha is known as Sankashti Chaturthi and the one in Shukla Paksha is known as Vinayak Chaturthi.

Sankashti Chaturthi is known to be an obstacle removing ritual, as laid down by Maharishi Abhisheka.

Devotees worship Ganesha on this day with the hope of being blessed with fulfillment of desires and removal of obstacles from their plans and goals.

Ganesha, known as vighnaharta or remover of obstacles, is the supreme God of intelligence and is known to show light in darkness and path to the lost.

On this day devotees observe a strict fast and consume only fruits, roots and vegetable products. They break the vrat after darshan of the moon, followed by a Puja of Shri Ganesha.

Before moonlight, Ganpati Atharvasheersha is recited, to seek blessings of Ganpati ji, who is known as Bhagwan of Bhagwans.

Chaturthi that falls in the Krishna Paksha of Magh month, is known as Sankat Chauth.

The whole stature of Ganesha symbolizes deep spiritual meaning such as:

  • Large ears to listen more
  • Big head to think big
  • Rope to pull you nearer to the highest goal
  • Axe to cut unnecessary attachments
  • Tusk to throw away bad and take good.
  • Small mouth to talk less.
  • Trunk for adaptability.
  • Modaka are rewards of sadhana.
  • Hand in blessing posture, blessing on spiritual evolution
  • Large stomach for digestion of all good and bad in life.
  • Prasad at the bottom symbolizes that the world is at your feet.
  • A mouse, symbolizing desire. You must control and ride your desires and let not the desires control and ride your life.

This description of Ganesha is an institution in itself that teaches the spiritual way of life.

DEITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE FESTIVAL:

On the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, people offer prayers to Shri Ganesha along with the worship of Chandra Devta.

Shri Ganesha is worshipped with different names and Peetas on Sankashti Chaturthi of every month, and there is a different vrat katha associated with it.

There are a total of 13 vrat kathas, considering the adhik maas that comes in every leap year.

MONTH         NAME OF GANESHA WORSHIPPED     PEET ASSOCIATED

Chaitra            Vikata Maha Ganpati                                      Vinayak peeta

Vaishakha        Chanadarak Ekdanta Ganpati                       Srichakra peeta

Jeshtha             Krishna Pingle Maha Ganpati        Shri shakti Ganpati peeta

Ashadha           Gajanan Ganpati                         Vishnu peeta

Shravana          Herama Maha Ganpati             Ganpathi peeta

Bhadrapada      Vignaraja Maha Ganpati                Vigneshwara peeta

Ashwayuja       Vakrathunda Maha Ganpati               Bhuvneshwari peeta

Karthika           Gandapa Maha Ganpati                    Shiva peeta

Margasira        Akuratha Maha Ganpati                  Durga peeta

Pushya             Lambodara Maha Ganpati                Soura peeta

Magha             Dwijapriya Maha Ganpati                  Samanya Dev peeta

Phalguna         Balachandra Maha Ganpati              Agama peeta

Adhika            Vibhuvana Palaka Maha Ganpati        Doorva Bilva patra peeta

ORIGIN AND SIGNIFICANCE:

As mentioned in ancient scriptures, Shri Ganesha was born out of Parvati ji. 

Parvati ji created a mould of a baby from turmeric paste that she used for her bath, and breathed life in it.

The mould transformed into a little boy and she adored him as her son, naming him Ganpati.

She then asked Ganpati to stand at the door of her palace and guard it while she was taking a bath inside. As the little boy stood guarding the entrance, Shiva appeared.

He didn’t allow Shiva to enter the palace as he did not know who he was. Shiva was angered by this and insisted that he was allowed to enter.

Despite repeated requests and threats, Ganpati did not budge.

Shiva then decided to battle the boy to show him his status.

As the boy was endowed with powers given by Shakti Devi Parvati, he defeated Shivji’s followers (ganas), and said that nobody could enter inside. Narad muni and Saptarishi also tried to pacify him, but in vain.

Then Indra Dev, with his army attacked him, but did not hold a chance to win.

Once the devatas got defeated, Shiva himself attacked him and severed his head.

When Ma Parvati came to know about this incident, she was traumatized at losing her son and took her Adi shakti form.

She threatened to destroy the universe if her son was not brought back to life.

Shiva then went to get the head of the first animal found sleeping, with his head facing North.

He found an elephant and placed its head on the trunk of Ganpati. From that day, Ganpati came to be known as Ganesha.

Generally, Ganesh Chaturthi is the most commonly and enthusiastically celebrated festival, but, Sankashti Chaturthi is also equally important.

Ganpatiji’s strength and intellect is beautifully described in Ganesha Purana.

 Amarkosh explains other names of Ganeshji as Vignaharta (one who eliminates hurdles), Ganadhipa (One who leads hundreds), Ekdanta (one who has one tusk), Heramba Lambodra (one that has bulging belly), Gajanana (One whose resembles to that of elephant).

In puranas it is mentioned that he is the God of supreme intelligence. In Ganesh Sahasranaam, he is mentioned as Budhipriya means fond of intelligence.

In Kundalini yoga sutra, he is associated with the Muladhar chakra or root chakra, representing stability in life.

In Ganpati Atharvashirsha, he is said to reside in the basic chakra, located at the base of the spine. He centrifuges all other chakras connected with the wheel of life.

Thus, Ganesha is the substantial force for everything in life.

One must meditate on the Ganesha mantra every morning through rudra beads to strengthen one’s root chakra.

CUSTOMS, TRADITIONS AND RITUALS:

It is said that observing vrat on the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, can remove barriers of life and leads to ultimate happiness. One can get relief from all the guilt and find a place in the heart of Ganeshji called Sawananda lok. This day is ritualistic and is followed in the following way:

  • Waking up early in the morning on the day of Chaturthi and taking an early bath.
  • Visiting a Ganesha temple if possible or worship at home only.
  • Observing fast from the sunrise till moon sight at night, and can have fruits, roots and vegetables. One can have sabudana khichdi, peanuts and potatoes.
  • Devotees put on vibrant articles related to Muladhara chakra, like rudra beads, Ganesha murti, lockets and also Ganesha Yantra.

PUJA VIDHI AND KATHA:

Vidhi:

  • Wake up early in the morning of Sankashti Chaturthi, take a sacred bath. Wearing red clothes is considered auspicious on this day.
  • Offer water to Surya Devata, taking a commitment of performing fast in a serious way.
  • Clean the chowki where worship has to be performed, place a red cloth over it and offer akshat and flowers on it. Also place a betel nut wrapped with red thread on the chowki.
  • Place Kalash near to it, praying Ganpatiji.
  • Place Moola virat of Ganeshji at the place of worship and do the abhishek with Ganga water, using paan leaf and then apply sandalwood
  • Offer new clothes, fruits, flowers, 21 dhruv leaves, akshat, ghee lamp, modak bhog on paan leaf.
  • Give dhoop and spray natural perfume to Ganpatiji.
  • Recite Ganesha Chalisa and then read the vrat katha of Sankashti Chaturthi.
  • Do aarti and keep vrat, chanting the Ganesh mantras the whole day.
  • Offer water, milk and honey to the moon at night, and worship the moon.
  • Distribute the Prasad and then do Parana or break the fast.

Mantras:

  1. Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha Nirvighnam Kuru Me Dev Sarva Karyeshu Sarvada.
  2. Om Shreem Gam Saubhagya Ganpatye,Varvarda SarvajanmaMein Vashmanya Namh.
  3. Om Gam Ganpatye Namah.

Katha:

Once, Shivji and Mata Parvati were sitting on the banks of a river.

Parvatiji expressed her desire to play the game of chausar.

As there was no decision maker, Bhagwan Shiv created a boy out of clay and breathed life into him.

The game started and Parvati Ji won, three times in a row.

But when the boy was asked, he without a thought, declared Mahadev as the winner.

On this, Parvatiji got angry, and cursed him to become handicapped with one leg.

He apologised to her, and asked for a solution.

On this, Mata Parvati asked him to wait for Nag kanya, and learn the vrat and puja vidhi of Sankashti Chaturthi from them.

He was told to observe a vrat of 21 days to get rid of the sin.

He offered prayers to Bhagwan Ganesha with utmost sincerity.

Ganesha was pleased with his devotion, and blessed him with a boon to meet Shiv-Parvati on Kailasha Parbat.

Bhagwan Shiva also observed the same vrat to calm Devi Parvati who was angry with him and retreated to Kailasha alone.

Mata Parvati also performed the same vrat, to meet her son Karthikeyan, and eventually he visited Kailasha.

There is another story associated with Sankashti Chaturthi. Once, there was a potter in the dynasty of Harishchandra.

He threatened a boy to throw him out of his job, to overcome the problem of raw pots.

He did this on the advice of a priest. The boy’s mother got upset and prayed to Ganesha for improving her son’s skills. Next day, all the dishes of the potter were cooked, and the boy was not discouraged.

The boy got scared and asked his mother about the magic in King’s court.

She explained that the Sankashti Chaturthi vrat removes all obstacles and brings good fortune to children and family.

Ganeshji was a very obedient son to his parents.

Once Shivji and Mata Parvati got a divine fruit and they wished to give this to one of their sons, Ganesha and Kartikeya.

So, they held a competition, in which the one who would complete circling the first, would be rewarded with the fruit.

Karthikeya, with peacock as his vahana, set off on the journey to circle the universe, while Ganesha, used his wisdom and took a parikrama of Shiva and Parvati, claiming his parents to be his universe.

Shiva and Parvati got pleased with this gesture, and gave the fruit to him and declared Ganesha as “Pratham Pujya ” for being respectful towards parents.

CELEBRATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY:

Sankashti Chaturthi is a well-known Hindu festival and celebrated all across India.

It is dedicated to Ganesha and is observed on the Birthday of Ganesha.

While it is observed and celebrated in the whole country, more elaborate and splendid celebrations are held in the states of Maharashtra, Telangana and Karnataka.

Also known as Siddhi Vinayak, Ganesha is offered prayers before worshiping any Bhagwan, on the commencement of any puja/ritual or any special event.

Krishna Paksha chaturthi during Maagh month, is also called as Sankat chauth. In North Indian states, it is called as TilKut Chauth, Vakratunda Chaturthi or Magh Chaturthi and the vrat is dedicated for the well being of sons.

BENEFITS OF CELEBRATING THE FESTIVAL:

‘Sankat’ means problems and ‘Hara’ means destroyer; thus, he is the divine destroyer of problems, removing hurdles from the journey of life and attracting success in all endeavors.

People also keep Ganesha murti in cars to make their journey successful.

  • The devotee who observes Sankashti Chaturthi vrat thrives in personal and professional life.
  • A woman who is not able to give birth, can conceive, if she follows the rituals and keeps the vrat in a dedicated manner.
  • Troubled couples can come to a point of mutual peace and unity.

Observe Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat & Ganesha Will Vacate Your Tough Times

Lord Ganesha is one of the most praised divinity in Hinduism, encapsulated in a magnific structure, and often removes obstacles from devotees’ lives.

According to Hindu Mythology, Ganesha is the son of Goddes Parvati and Lord Shiva

The number of Ganesha devotees globally is innumerable, who offer puja to the god to bring abundance into their life.

Apart from Ganesh Chaturthi, people also celebrate Sankashti Chaturthi, another special day to celebrate Ganesha’s existence.

Significance of Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat:

Each lunar month in the Hindu calendar has two Chaturthi Tithis on the full moon (Sankashti Chaturthi) and new moon (Vinayaka Chaturthi).

During the Hindu month Megha, Sankashti Chaturthi falls on the full moon, also called Angarki Chaturthi. It’s a highly auspicious day to keep fasting or Vrat, known as Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat, that brings ample joy to a devotee’s life and saves them from troubled times.

Rituals of Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat:

As per Hindu beliefs, if you observe Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat with utmost devotion, Lord Ganesha will remove all obstacles from your life and evade tough times.

Sankashti Chaturthi

Sankashti Chaturthi Date and Timings for the UK

Krishnapingala Sankashti Chaturthi in UK – Sunday, June 27, 2021
Moonrise on Sankashti Day – 11:56 PM
Chaturthi Tithi Begins – 11:24 AM on Jun 27, 2021
Chaturthi Tithi Ends – 09:46 AM on Jun 28, 2021

Sankashti is a festival devoted to the benign Elephant God or Lord Ganesha.

Sankashti Chaturthi is an auspicious festival for Hindus, celebrated in honor of Lord Ganesha.

On this day, devotees worship Lord Ganesha to overcome their hurdles in life and to come out as an achiever in difficult times.

Sankashti Chaturthi’ falls after Puranmasi or on the full moon day during the Krishna Paksha, It is also known by the name of “Sankat Hara Chaturthi” in some regions.

while the ‘Vinayaka Chaturthi’ falls after Amavasya or on the new moon day during the Shukla Paksha.

The most promising and auspicious Sankashti Chaturthi is known as the Angaraki Chaturthi.

To know more about Sankashti Chaturthi, contact our Hindu priest pandit ketul Joshi.

He explains more about the importance of this type of Hindu festival.

 The word “Sankashti” comes from Sanskrit and implies “freedom from difficult times”.  

The word ‘sankashti’ has a Sanskrit origin and it implies ‘deliverance during difficult times’ whereas ‘Chaturthi means ‘fourth day or the day of Lord Ganesha’.

Therefore on this propitious day, devotees worship Lord Ganesha to help them overcome all the obstacles in life and come out victorious in every tough situation.

Sankashti Chaturthi Means ‘Streamlined Success’

As per Hindu Panchang, the fourth day after the full moon and the fourth day after thenew moon is observed as Chaturthi.

So, there are two Chaturthi namely, Vinayaka Chaturthi and Sankashti Chaturthi.

When this festival falls on Tuesday, then it is known as Angaraki Chaturthi. People in India celebrate this Hindu festival with great pomp and show.

In Tamil Nadu, the festival is famous as Sankatahara Chaturthi.

Vinayaka Chaturthi, widely popular as Ganesh Chaturthi starts on the fourth day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month Bhadrapada. The festival is celebrated with the installation of Ganesha clay idols, especially in homes and office places. Vedic hymns, offerings, prayers, sweets, and fast observe for 10 days.

The Significance of Sankashti Chaturthi

On the sacred day of Sankashti Chaturthi, there is a special significance in sighting the moon.

The ardent devotees of Lord Ganesha believe that by praying to their deity with dedication, especially on the Angarki Chaturthi day, all their desires will be fulfilled and they will lead a prosperous life.

Childless couples also observe the Sankashti Chaturthi vrat to be blessed with a progeny.

It is believed that all the wishes and dreams come true if one prays on this auspicious day with pure heart and soul.

Hence, observing fast and performing rituals on Sankashti Chaturthi proves to be highly beneficial.

The day is considered to be auspicious because, on this day, Lord Shiva declared his son Ganesha the most superior among all gods.

Hence, this is the reason, Sankashti Chaturthi is considered as one of the auspicious fasts observed by women for the betterment of the family.

From removing all your obstacles to finally blessed you with wisdom and bliss, the deity is responsible for partaking in all your problems.

Lord Ganesha is an embodiment of wisdom, virtue, and knowledge.

Hence, the supreme deity is known to bestow you with health, wealth, and happiness.

As Sankashti Chaturthi is observed every Lunar month, in each month God Ganesha is worshipped with different Peeta (Lotus petals) and names.

There is a total of 13 vrats, with each vrat having a specific purpose and story, known as ‘vrat Katha. Therefore there are 13 ‘vrat Katha in total, one for every month and the last Katha is for ‘adika’ that is the one extra month that comes every four years in the Hindu calendar.

Difference between Sankashti Chaturthi and Vinayaka Chaturthi

  • A lunar month comprises two fortnights. The fortnights can be divided into the dark half of the lunar month (Krishna Paksha) and the bright half of the lunar month (Shukla Paksha). The Chaturthi that arrives in the dark part is termed as Sankashti Chaturthi. While the Chaturthi that falls in the bright half is known as Vinayaka Chaturthi.
  • Sankashti Chaturthi fasting is observed for the deliverance from difficult times. While Vinayaka Chaturthi fasting is done for the salutations of Supreme Lord, Ganesha.
  • Sankashti Chaturthi is popular as Sankatahara Chaturthi, whereas Vinayaka Chaturthi is famous as Varada Vinayaka Chaturthi

Rituals on Sankashti Chaturthi

  • The ritual ceremony is performed by the couples who observe the fast to get the blessings of the Lord
  • On the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, devotees get up early and put on clean clothes and dedicate the day to worshipping Lord Ganesha
  • The idol of Lord Ganesha is placed on a clean platform
  • The idol of Lord Ganesha is decorated with Durva grass and fresh flowers.
  • Special ‘naivedya’ comprising of modaks and other favorite eatables of Lord Ganesha is prepared as an offering.
  • The Sankashti puja is done in the evening, after seeing the moon.
  • The ritual begins with chanting the Ganesh mantra and reciting the stories or the Vrat Katha
    Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Suurya-Kotti Samaprabha I
    Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa II

On the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, special puja rituals are also dedicated to Moon or Chandra God. This involves sprinkling water, Chandan (sandalwood) paste, consecrated rice, and flowers in the direction of the moon.

On this day it is auspicious to recite the ‘Ganesha Ashtothra’, ‘Sankashtnashana sthothra’, and ‘Vakrathunda Mahakaya’ to name a few. In fact, any other Vedic mantras dedicated to Lord Ganesha can be chanted.

Other usual Hindu puja rituals like lighting incense and reciting the Vedic mantras are also performed.

After this, the devotees read the ‘vrat Katha specific to the month.

This is followed by an ‘aarti’ and later the prasad is distributed among all the devotees.

Fasting On Sankashti Chaturthi

Devotees observe a strict fast in the honor of their deity.

Some people can also keep a partial fast.

The fast is performed for the well-being and progeny of the family.

The devotees must observe the fast from morning till evening.

After the Ganesh puja, the moon god is sighted and offerings are made to the moon god.

People need to abstain from daily food items but here are a few of the items that you can consume during the fast. .

The observer of this fast can only devour fruits, vegetables, and roots of plants.

The staple Indian diet on this day comprises peanuts, potatoes, and sabudana khichadi.

The fast is broken only after worshipping Lord Ganesha in the evening and sighting the moon.

How is Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat Observed?

Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat is observed by devotees of Lord Ganesha in His honour.

This vrat is considered to be the ultimate vrat for the lord.

It is performed on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha every month.

This is essentially the fourth day after the Poornima or full moon night of each month.

The word Sankashti is a Sanskrit term that means deliverance during times of difficulty.

The term Chaturthi refers to the day of Lord Ganesha or the fourth day.

Hence, this day is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and His worshippers render their heartfelt prayers to Him to emerge victorious in the challenges that they encounter and overcome obstacles in their path.

Sankashti Chaturthi is practised every month.

There are totally 13 vrats, one for the Chaturthi in each month.

The final Chaturthi is observed for the additional month that occurs once in four years according to the Hindu calendar.

On each Chaturthi, the god is worshipped with a different name and lotus petals.

Each vrat is associated with a unique story and purpose.

Rituals observed for Sankashti Chaturthi

Like with almost any other Hindu occasion or festival, devotees begin the day by waking up early in the morning.

They take a bath and wear fresh clothes. After this, they clean the house, especially the pooja room and light a lamp in front of a photo or idol of the lord.

This is followed by saying mantras of Ganesha with utmost devotion.

Worshippers offer either a stringent fast or a partial fast based on their ability.

Irrespective of the option chosen, the fast is broken only after seeing the moon in the evening hours.

There are some aspects to be followed when observing a partial fast.

Not all kinds of food can be eaten when this kind of fast is observed. Eating only vegetables, fruits and roots of plants is allowed.

Only sabudana and potatoes can be consumed in cooked form.

One of the most important rituals followed along with the vrat for Sankashti Chaturthi is the Sankashti pooja that is done in the evening.

The photo or idol of Lord Ganesha is once again decorated with fresh flowers and His favourite Durva grass and a lamp is lit in front of Him.

This is followed by the recitation of the Ganesha Chalisa and various Vedic mantras in dedication to the deity.

It is believed to be auspicious to recite the Ganesha Ashtotra and Vakrathunda Mahakaya on this day.

After the various chants, devotees read the vrat katha for the specific month. If this is not possible, elders narrate the story and others listen to the narration.

The narration is followed by the Ganesh aarti.

The lord is treated to His favourite delicacies like ladoos and modaks as neivedya or prasad. The prasad is shared among the devotees and friends after the aarti.

Interestingly, it is not just Lord Ganesha that is worshipped on Sankashti Chaturthi.

Chandra or the Moon God is also offered prayers on this day. Flowers, consecrated rice, sandalwood paste and water are sprinkled in the direction of the moon.

Observing Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat Benefits

The benefits of observing a vrat on Sankashti Chaturthi are multifold.

The vrat observed on Sankashti Chaturthi can bring happiness to His devotees, relieve them of the sins committed and help them in attaining salvation.

It helps to get rid of the negative energies in their lives.

Followers are also blessed with fulfilment of their wishes, wealth and prosperity.

Childless couples are also bestowed with a progeny.

The vrat is also referred to by several other names such as Sankasthahara Chaturthi or Sankat Hara Chaturthi.

If the Sankashti Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday, it is referred to as Angkari Chaturthi.

A Sankashti Chaturthi that falls on this day is said to be the most auspicious of all the Sankashti Chaturthis.

Although Sankashti Chaturthi and its vrat are observed nationwide, they are performed on a grand scale in Maharashtra.

Sankashti Chaturthi Dates and Vrat Procedure You Should Definitely Know

Do you know that there comes a Ganesh Chaturthi vrat every month of the year? Yes, you read it right.

The Hindu calendar observes Ganesh Puja every month. In common terms, it is famous as Sankashti Chaturthi. Y

ou may not be knowing about it, but the festival is celebrated all across India.

Sakat Chauth or Sankashti Chaturthi falls on the fourth day (in Hindi it is called Chaturthi) as per Hindu calendar in each month’s Krishna Paksha.

As stated earlier, the celebration is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. T

he people of Maharashtra celebrated it with great zeal.

When we go into the South, then we find that people call it by different names such as Sankat Hara Chaturthi, Angraki Chaturthi, Sankatahara Sathurthi and so on.

Meaning of Sankashti

Sankashti is a Sanskrit word that stands for ‘rescue from troubles’.

As Lord Ganesha is known as Vighnaharta or obstacle remover, adulating him on Chaturthi eradicates all our problems.

Significance of Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat


This vrat holds greater significance.

Devotees perform pooja or worship Lord Vinayaka (another name of Lord Ganesh) for the prosperity, peace, and happiness.

Adulation takes place in the evening after Chandra darshan or moon sighting.

Usually, couples perform this pooja and observe a fast for progeny and growth of their family.

There come two Chaturthi tithis or dates in lunar months- Sakat and Vinayaka Chaturthi.

Sakat Chaturthi is observed after Poornima or full moon day in Krishna Paksha.

Vinayaka Chaturthi is observed after Amavasya or new moon day in Shukla Paksha.

Sankashti Chaturthi Fasting Procedure or Vrat Vidhi


Are you going to observe this fast?

You should know the exact procedure associated with it.

We have simplified it for you. Let’s take a look at given vrat vidhi for Ganesh Puja on Sankashti Chaturthi.

Step 1

Get up early in the morning and prepare for the pooja.

Dedicate the day by observing a fast.

Based on your ability, you can observe a strict or partial fast.

Consume only fruits most preferably the ones that grow under the ground like roots of the plant. The most staple diet for this special day includes sabudana khichdi, potatoes, and peanuts.

Step 2

prepare a pooja thali with all essentials for worshipping Lord Ganesha by the evening.

Set an altar and install the statue or idol of Lord Ganesha on it. Decorate it with green grass (Dhruva) and flowers.

Step 3

Offer specially made naivedya or offering comprising modak, laddus, fruits and other sweets.

Step 4

Light incense, dhoop and deep in front of the idol.

After that, recite the sankatahara Chaturthi story or vrat Katha with mantra specific to the month.

Step 5

Once the story is finished, perform the aarti ceremony.

Also, perform the pooja of the moon by sprinkling holy water, akshat, flowers and sandalwood paste in the same direction.

Step 6

Recite Sankashtnashana sthothra, Ganesha Ashtothra, and Vakrathunda Mahakaya too during Lord Ganesh pooja.

Step 7

Distribute the prasad among family members and break the fast.

This way your Sankashti vrat is finished.

Different Months, Different Sakat Vrat Procedure and Story

You need to keep in mind that each month of Sakat Chaturthi involves worshipping Lord Ganesha with a different name and seat (Peeta).

The fast includes thirteen different stories dedicated to a specific month.

Although there are twelve months in a year as per English calendar, in Hindu calendar after four year comes an extra month.

So, the thirteenth story is for that extra month.

Sankashti Chaturthi

Sankashti Chaturthi also known as Sankat Hara Chaturthi is observed every lunar month of the Hindu calendar on the fourth day of the waning moon also known as Krishna Paksha 

This is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the Lord of Knowledge and Fortune.

When Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday, it is known as Angarki Sankashti Chaturthi, and is the most important of all Sankashti Chaturthi days. Sankashti Chaturthi fast was first observed around 700 BC as a ritual to remove obstacles related to conflicting views of confidence.

Sankashti Chaturthi is observed in both Northern and Southern India.

The Sanskrit word “Sankashti” means “deliverance from difficult times.

” Sankashti Chaturdashi is celebrated elaborately and lavishly in Maharashtra.

On Sankashti Chaturthi, devotees worship Lord Ganesha in order to overcome all obstacles and emerge triumphantly from difficult situations.

The Might of Lord Ganesha

One of the most recognisable deities in the world is Lord Ganesha.

If you want your journey to be smooth and stress-free, pray to Him.

Devotees believe Lord Ganesha accomplishes this by bestowing wisdom on his devotees and acting as the energy that propels them forward in their fight against challenges.

Lord Ganesha, as an embodiment of virtue, is also known to bestow health, happiness, and wealth on his devotees.

Wishes are granted by Lord Ganesha on the day of Sankashti Chaturthi.

Devotees all over the world fast and perform rituals to invoke his favour.

Lord Ganesha is also popular among female devotees.

They see in him a force in which they have faith, and they hope that he will protect their families from the harsh realities of life.

Sankashti Chaturthi every month

Sankashti Chaturthi, which is observed every lunar month, places a strong emphasis on the sighting of Moon and offering Arghya to the Moon.

Every month on this day, Lord Ganesha is worshipped with different peetas (Lotus petals) and names.

There are a total of 13 vrat or fasts, each with its own story and purpose.

The first twelve Vrats are for the twelve months of the year, and the final one is for ‘adhika maas’ or the extra month that occurs every four years in a Hindu calendar.

Every vrat and every story is unique to the specific month and recited only during that period.

This day is considered to be highly auspicious since it is the day Lord Shiva declared that his son Lord Ganesha was to be the most superior among all gods, apart from Parvati, Lakshmi, and Vishnu.

It was from this point that Lord Ganesha or Sankashti began being worshipped as the lord of prosperity, good fortune, and freedom.

Sankashti Chaturthi’s significance and Sankashti Chaturthi ki Kahani has been mentioned in many ancient manuscripts, notably the Bhavishya Purana and Narasimha Purana, while it was also explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishthira in the Mahabharata.

Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat and Puja Rituals

The Sankat Chaturthi vrat Vidhi is performed in the evening.

An important ritual in this is the sighting of the Moon in the evening.

Durva grass and flowers are used to decorate an idol of Lord Ganesha.

While doing so, appropriate Vedic mantras are recited.

Following that, the devotees read and follow the spiritual context of the vrat katha for that month.

The fast is then broken after worshipping Lord Ganesha and viewing the moon.

Devotees eat foods that are traditionally thought to be Lord Ganesha’s favourites. Modaks and other sweets are among them.

Because Sankashti Chaturthi is also a Moon festival, it entails sprinkling water, sandalwood paste, and consecrated rice in the direction of the Moon. It is also beneficial to recite the mantra:

Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Suurya-Kotti Samaprabha I

Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa II In addition, devotees also chant the Ganesha Ashtotram and Sankashtnashana stothra.

Sankashti Chaturthi fasting procedure

Sankashti Chaturthi fasting procedure is observed for the well-being of the entire family.

The fast is usually observed from the morning and broken in the evening once prayers to Lord Ganesh are finished, and various offerings are made to the Moon.

It is advised that individuals keeping the fast refrain from regular food. Instead, there is a list of items that can be consumed during this time.

Sabudana khichdi, fruits, peanuts, potatoes, and unsalted chips are all permitted.

Sankashti Chaturthi and Vinayaka Chaturthi

A lunar month is two fortnights long.

These fortnights are divided into a dark half and a bright half.

The dark half is called the Krishna Paksha, whereas the brighter half is called Shukla Paksha.

The Chaturthi that falls in the Krishna Paksha is called Sankashti Chaturthi, and the Chaturthi that falls in the bright half or Shukla Paksha is called Vinayaka Chaturthi.

Even the fasting during these two Chaturthi is done for different purposes.

The Sankashti Chaturthi vrat is observed for deliverance from tough times, whereas the Vinayaka Chaturthi fast is merely a salutation to Lord Ganesha.

Sankashti Chaturthi

Sankashti Chaturthi, also known as Purnima, is a prominent Hindu holiday that is observed every month on the fourth day following the full moon.

Lord Ganesha, venerated as the god of knowledge and prosperity and the remover of challenges. Check more on muhurat, time on Sankashti Chaturthi September  here.

The Day of Sankashti Chaturthi symbolizes deliverance during difficult times and people pray and worship Lord Ganesha to remove obstacles and bring joy in one’s life.

Millions of followers in India and other countries across the world commemorate this holiday, which is of utmost significance to Hindu culture.

Sankashti Chaturthi Celebration

Devotees congregate in temples or their houses in the evening to adore Lord Ganesha.

On the altar, a clay statue or image of Lord Ganesha is set up and decorated with fresh flowers, fruit, and conventional sweets.

The singing of pious songs and the recital of prayers honoring Lord Ganesha signal the start of the major puja (ritual worship).

As prasadam (blessed food), worshippers offer the god modak (a sweet dumpling thought to be Lord Ganesha’s favorite), coconut, jaggery, and other conventional sweets.

Angarki Chaturthi Date & Time

It is marked on the chaturthi (fourth day) of the Krishna Paksha (the waning moon phase) on the first day of every Hindu Calendar month.

Additionally, Sankashti Chaturthi is known as Angarki Chaturthi when it falls on a Tuesday and is regarded as the most auspicious of all the Sankashti Chaturthi days.

The holiday is widely observed in both the north and southern Indian states.

The celebrations are much more lavish and magnificent in the state of Maharashtra.

Sanskrit in origin, the term sankashti  means deliverance during difficult times, and the word chaturthi means fourth day or the day of Lord Ganesha.

As a result, believers worship Lord Ganesha on this auspicious day in order to assist them in overcoming all challenges and succeeding in life.

Sankashti Chaturthi Muhurat

Sankashti Chaturthi’s significance stems from its connection to Lord Ganesha and the benefits he bestows on his followers.

On this day, worshiping Lord Ganesha is thought to eliminate all difficulties and bring success, pleasure, and prosperity into one’s life. Devotees ask for his supernatural assistance to overcome obstacles and ask for his blessings for new endeavors, academic endeavors, and personal development.

Start of the Chaturthi Tithi is September 2 at 8:49 p.m.

End of Chaturthi Tithi: September 3, 6:24 p.m.

Moonrise: September 2 at 8:31 p.m.

Time of Moonset: September 3 at 9:20 a.m.

Sankashti Chaturthi Puja

Sankashti Chaturthi, a cherished Hindu festival honoring Lord Ganesha, is observed every month on the fourth day following the full moon.

It is customary to ask for forgiveness at Sankashti Chaturthi for any errors or wrongdoings. 

Devotees engage in self-examination and introspection, making resolutions to address their flaws and live moral lives.

This celebration encourages cooperation, commitment, and the values of self-control and tenacity.

Sankashti Chaturthi Rituals

Devotees up early on Sankashti Chaturthi and spend the entire day worshiping Lord Ganesha.

In honor of their divinity, they keep a rigid fast. Some individuals can also maintain a partial fast. The only foods that can be consumed while on this fast are fruits, vegetables, and plant roots. Peanuts, potatoes, and sabudana khichadi are among the primary foods consumed in India on this day.

This festival’s ceremonies and related fasting stand for commitment, requesting divine assistance, and conquering challenges.

Devotees commemorate this day with the utmost earnestness in order to get Lord Ganesha’s blessings for a prosperous and trouble-free life.

Sankashti Chaturthi’s Significance

There is a unique meaning associated with seeing the moon on this holy day.

The fervent followers of Lord Ganesha hold the belief that by offering sincere prayers to their god, particularly on the day of Angarki Chaturthi, they would get the fulfillment of all their wishes and lead fortunate lives.

In order to receive the blessing of progeny, childless couples also observe the Sankashti Chaturthi vrat. Each lunar month, on Sankashti Chaturthi, God Ganesha is honored with a distinct peeta (lotus petal) and name.

Sankashti Chaturthi – History, Vrat, Puja Vidhi & Puja Dates

Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated in every month. During each month, Lord Ganesha is devoted with a different name in different areas.

It is celebrated on every fourth day of the full moon according to the Hindu calendar. 

If Sankashti falls on Tuesday, then it is called ‘Angaraka Chaturthi’ and is considered highly auspicious for observing fast.

On this sacred day, the devotees observes fast from morning to evening, with strict rules and can only break the rules after seeing the moon followed by praying God Ganesha.

Praying and observing a fast on this day is believed to fulfill all the requirements and reduce problems in life.

This puja is usually performed by a couple who observe fast to get blessed with the children for the welfare of the family.

History

Sankashti Chaturthi is also known as Sankata Hara Chaturthi.

These festival dedicated to Lord Shiva.

This festival is celebrated in every Hindu calendar month on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha.According to the Hindu scriptures, Angarak the son of mother earth and Bharadwaj rishi who was an accomplished rishi and a great devotee of Lord Ganesha.

Angarak devoted Lord Ganesha and got his blessings on Tuesday (Magh Krishna Chaturthi), Lord Ganesha blessed him and asked him for a wish.

Angarak conveyed that his only wish was to be related to Lord Ganesha’s name forever.

The Lord granted his wish. From that day onward, Magh Krishna Chaturthi came to be known as Angarak Chaturthi.

On the day of Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi, the devotees follow strict fast from morning to evening. After seeing the Moon they break the fast at night by prayers and puja of Lord Ganesha.

The Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi devotees believe their wishes would be fulfilled if they pray on this auspicious day.

Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi means deliverance during problems as Lord Ganesha symbolizes the remover of all difficulties and supreme lord of intelligence.

Significance

On the blessed day of Sankashti Chaturthi, there is special importance of seeing the moon.

The emotional devotees of Lord Ganesha believe that by praying to their god with dedication. Childless couples also who see the Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat be blessed with a child.

As Sankashti Chaturthi is observed in every lunar month Lord Ganesha has a different name.

There are 13 total Vratas and names along with the lunar month. For every Vratas having a specific purpose and story.

Hindu Lunar  Month Name of Lord Ganesha

Chaitra Masa Vikata Maha Ganapathi

Vaishaka Masa Chanakra Raja Ekadanta Ganapati

Jeshta Masa Krishna Pingala Maha Ganapati

Ashada Masa Gajaanana Ganapati

Shravana Masa Heramba Maha Ganapati

Bhadrapada Masa Vignaraja Maha Ganapati

Ashweeja Masa Vakrathunda Maha Ganapati

Karthika Masa Ganadipa Maha Ganapati

Margashira Masa Akuratha Maha Ganapati

Pushya Masa Lambodara Maha Ganapati

Maga Masa Dwijapriya Maha Ganapati

Palguna Masa Balachandra Maha Ganapati

Adika Masa Vibhuvana Palaka Maha Ganapati

About Sankatahara Ganapati Vrat & Puja Vidhi

In the morning after taking bath, offer prayers to Lord Ganesha.

Lighting a lamp and do any prayers or Aarthi of Ganesha.

Vratas are meant to purify and refresh our body and mind.

Fasting is a basic and important part of the Vrat Kata.

They determine to observe the Vrat and fast the whole day.

This puja is normally conducted in the evening.

The idol or photo frame of Ganapathi is decorated and Durva grass(dharba) and fresh flowers are offered.

There is a specific Vrat Katha for a specific month which is read at the end of the puja.

People who perform vrat must chant the Stotras and mantras dedicated to Ganeshji.

After sighting the moon only break the fast.

Who observe it with the right procedure and diligence.

It can give more benefits, the giver as well as the removal of obstacles according to the situation.

Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi

Angaraki Chaturthi is an auspicious fasting day for Indian peoples that is observed on Sankatahara Chaturthi that falls on Tuesday.

This puja is dedicated to Lord Vinayaka. It is also known as “Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi”.

It is considered as a very auspicious among all the Sankashti Chaturthi days.

Angarak means “ burned coal in red colour”.

Indian people strongly believed that if they observe fast and worshiping Lord Ganesha on this day will help them to fulfill their dreams.

If they do fast and worshiping will get blessings from Lord Ganapathi as well as Lord Mars, that persons will never face any problems and can live peaceful life.

Fasting Rules

On the day of Sankashti, devotees wake up early, take bath, and spend the whole day for worshiping Lord Vinayaka.

Some people observe a strict fast in the honor of their deity. Some people also keep a partial fast, the observer of this fast can only eat fruits, vegetables, and roots of plants.

The Sankashti puja is finished at the end of the day, after detecting the moon and stars in the evening.

The idol or photo frames of Ganesha are decorated with Durva grass(dharba) and fresh flowers.

A lamp also lighted, after lighting the lamp read the Vrat Katha of specific month.

Break the fast after worshiping Lord Ganeshji in the evening and sighting the moon.

Offer a special Naivedya to the God Ganesha which is his favorite food like laddu, vegetables, fruits.

After finishing puja or Aarthi distribute Prasad to the people.

On this special day better to read Ganesha Ashtothra or Vakrathunda Mahakaya it will give special blessings from the Lord.

1.Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha

Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvada

2.Om Shreem Gam Saubhagya Ganapataye

Varvarda Sarvajanma Mein Varshamanya Namah

These are the main slokas of Lord Ganesha.

Sankashti Chaturthi

Sankashti Chaturthi is a Hindu festival that is observed once every month.

It falls on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha, which is also known as the waning phase of the moon.

In February, Dwijapriya Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on February 20.

Sankashti is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. On this day, devotees observe a full day fast and worship the Lord, to overcome obstacles in life.

Since ancient times, it is believed that fasting on day brings happiness and prosperity.

Check out the date, shubh muhrat, puja vidhi, mantra and rituals of the day.

MANTRA

Om Gan Ganpataye Namah and Om Vakratundaya Hum

SIGNIFICANCE AND RITUALS TO FOLLOW

Sankashti Chaturthi is observed every Lunar month and each month.

Lord Ganesha is worshipped differently. As per Hindu mythology,

Lord Shiva declared the supremacy of Lord Ganesha over other gods except for Vishnu, Lakshmi and Parvati.

That’s also the reason why Lord Ganesh is worshipped before any auspicious work.

On this day, the lord is said to be present on Earth, to bless his devotees.

On this day, the favourite eatables of Lord Ganesha are prepared which include Laddoo and modaks.

The puja is held in the evening after seeing the moon.

Lord Ganesha’s idol is offered Durva grass and fresh flowers.

A lamp is lit and those who fast, break it after sighting the moon at night.

On Sankashti Chaturthi, special puja rituals are also dedicated to the Moon which involves sprinkling sandalwood paste, water and concentrated rice and flowers in the direction of the moon. It is considered inauspicious to recite the Ganesh Ashtotara and Sankashta Nashana on this day. There are also a few Vedic mantras dedicated to the Lord, which can be chanted on Sankashti Chaturthi.

Sankashti Chaturthi

As per Hindu calendar, Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated on the 4th day of the waning moon half (Krishna Paksha) of the month.

It is an auspicious festival dedicated to the Supreme Lord, Ganesha.

‘Sankashti’ is a Sanskrit word which means liberation or freedom from difficult and bad times and ‘Chaturthi’ means the fourth state.

So, worshiping and keeping fast on this day helps you attain peace, prosperity, knowledge, and the fourth state.

Sankashti Chaturthi Means ‘Streamlined Success’

As per Hindu Panchang, the fourth day after full moon and the fourth day after new moon is observed as Chaturthi.

So, there are two Chaturthi namely, Vinayaka Chaturthi and Sankashti Chaturthi.

When this festival falls on Tuesday, then it is known as Angaraki Chaturthi.

People in India celebrate this festival with great pomp and show.

In Tamil Nadu, the festival is famous as Sankatahara Chaturthi.

Vinayaka Chaturthi, widely popular as Ganesh Chaturthi starts on the fourth day of Hindu lunisolar calendar month Bhadrapada.

The festival is celebrated with the installation of Ganesha clay idols, especially in homes and office places. Vedic hymns, offerings, prayers, sweets, and fast observe for 10 days.

The Significance of Sankashti Chaturthi

From removing all your obstacles to finally blessed you with wisdom and bliss, the deity is responsible for partaking all your problems.

Lord Ganesha is an embodiment of wisdom, virtue, and knowledge.

Hence, the supreme deity is known to bestow you with health, wealth and happiness.

It is believed that all the wishes and dreams come true if one pray on this auspicious day with pure heart and soul.

Hence, observing fast and performing rituals on Sankashti Chaturthi proves to be highly beneficial.

The day is considered to be auspicious because, on this day, Lord Shiva declared his son Ganesha the most superior among all gods.

Hence, this is the reason, Sankashti Chaturthi is considered as one of the auspicious fast observed by women for the betterment of the family.

Rituals on Sankashti Chaturthi


●  The ritual ceremony is performed by the couples who observe the fast to get the blessings of the Lord
●  Devotees need to wake up early in the morning and put on clean clothes
●  The idol of Lord Ganesha is placed on a clean platform
●  Fresh flowers and Durva grass are offered to invoke the Supreme Lord
●  Delicacies like modaks and laddoos are placed before the Lord Ganesha
●  The pooja is observed in the evening after the sight of the moon
●  The ritual begins with chanting the Ganesh mantra and reciting the stories or the Vrata Katha
Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Suurya-Kotti Samaprabha I
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa IIFasting on Sankashti Chaturthi
The fast is performed for the well-being and progeny of the family. The devotees must observe the fast from morning till evening. After the Ganesh puja, moon god is sighted and offerings are made to the moon god. People need to abstain from daily food items but here are few of the items that you can consume during the fast.
●  Sabudana ki khichdi
●  Fresh fruits
●  Unsalted chips
●  Peanuts
●  PotatoDifference between Sankashti Chaturthi and Vinayaka Chaturthi

  • A lunar month comprises of two fortnights. The fortnights can be divided into the dark half of the lunar month (Krishna Paksha) and the bright half of the lunar month (Shukla Paksha). The Chaturthi that arrives in the dark part is termed as Sankashti Chaturthi. While the Chaturthi that falls in the bright half is known as Vinayaka Chaturthi.
    ●  Sankashti Chaturthi fasting is observed for the deliverance from difficult times. While Vinayaka Chaturthi fasting is done for the salutations of Supreme Lord, Ganesha.
    ●  Sankashti Chaturthi is popular as Sankatahara Chaturthi, whereas Vinayaka Chaturthi is famous as Varada Vinayaka Chaturthi

Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat

Sankashti Chaturthi Can Bring Happiness In Your Life

❋ “Vakratunda Mahakaya Surya koti Samaprabha Avighnam Kurume Deva Sarva Karyeshu Saravada”

 ❋ OM Ekadantaya Vidmahe Vakkratundaya Dheemahi, Tanno Danti Prachodayat

❋Gajananam Bhoota Ganadi Sevitam,

❋ Kapittha Jammbu Phala Charu Bhakshanam

❋ Umasutam Shoka Vinasha karakam

If there’s a god in the Hindu pantheon that symbolises auspicious beginnings, the God can be Lord Ganesha.

The God of elephants is revered at the start of the seasons and also for rituals to mark this time.

It is also the day each month that the worship is believed to be at its highest.

Also known by the name of Sankashti Chaturthi, also known as Sakat Chauth, the day is also considered to be more blessed.

Sankashti Chathurthi also known as the Sakat Chauth, is observed on the 4th day of Krishna Paksha of every lunar month.

It is one of the most powerful fasts in the Hindu religion.

This auspicious day is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

Sankashti is a Sanskrit word that means freedom from obstacles; And Chathurthi is the fourth day.

Its importance is narrated in the Bhavishyat Purana, Narasimha Purana, and Lord Krishna narrated this to Yudhisthara as well.

On this day, Lord Shiva has announced Lord Ganesha was one of the most superior Lords, hence considered auspicious.

The Sankashti Chathurthi has profound importance in the Shravan month where it is said that fruits of Akshay will be received if one follows and observes fast on this day.

According to the Bhavishya purana when one feels that they are surrounded with problems, once can perform this vrat/ fast.

The Ganesha Ek dant avatar with a big stomach is known as the key characteristics of this special avatar. This shows that He keeps the whole world safe inside his stomach.

The Ek-Dant Lord Ganesha is blue in color. He has 4 hands.

The front hand has the other half of the broken tooth; the other 3 hands have an axe, Rudraksh japa string, and a ladoo.

What Is Sankashti Chaturthi?

Every lunar month in the Hindu panchang (Calendar) includes two Chaturthi (4) dates, also known as tithis.

The one that occurs after the full Moon Moon (Purnima) in Krishna Paksha is Sankashti Chaturthi. The one followed by Amavasya or the new Moon occurs during this Paksha (Shukla).

The festival is celebrated all over India; Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated every fourth day or Chaturthi of each month on the Hindu calendar.

The day is also connected to the Krishna Paksha or the sunset phase of the Moon.

Although several states in India celebrate the day, with a particular emphasis in Maharashtra, the day is recognized by many various names.

Also known by the name Sankatahara Chaturthi in Tamil Nadu, the day is also known as Angaraki Chaturthi because it occurs on the second Tuesday of every month.

Lord Ganesha’s devotees observe a fast from early morning before Sunrise until the sunset to celebrate Sankashti Chaturthi.

The Word Sankashti is a symbol of deliverance in difficult times.

The fast is meant to be restricted, and only fruits are allowed to eat along with roots of the plant that is located beneath the soil) and vegetables are allowed to be eaten.

The most typical Indian diet for Sankashti Chaturthi comprises Sabudana Khichadi and potato, as well as peanuts.

Fasting is broken at night after they have seen the Moon.

Tamil Hindus worship Lord Ganesha, and in South India, people celebrate it as a Sankatahara Chaturthi, also known as Sankashti Chaturthi in North India. Sankashti Chaturthi is an auspicious festival dedicated to Lord Ganesh and is called Vighnaharta (the conqueror of all issues). A majority of Hindu devotees mark the day with enthusiasm. In each lunar month on the Hindu calendar on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha, it is believed that in each lunar month.

It is an important day of worship for Ganesh, the God of heaven, based on Hindu mythology. Ganesh because the Supreme Lord Shiva declared Ganesh to be his son. Ganesh is supreme among the Gods apart from Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva, and Parvati.

Importance Of Sankashti Chaturthi

Sankashti Chaturthi, also known as Sakat Chauth, is called Sankatahara Chaturthi in the south Indian states.

The Sankashti Chaturthi has immense significance.

The puja is celebrated to ensure the prosperity and well-being of the entire family.

This Sankashti Chaturthi pooja is performed in the evening, following the sighting of the Moon.

An idol representing Ganesha is placed on a clean and tidy platform.

The Durva grass and flowers are given to Ganesha, the Lord. Delicacies such as modaks and laddoos are placed in front of Lord Ganesha.

Ganesha will be the first God to be worshipped at any event, and he will be the one to get rid of any obstructions.

There is a belief that Lord Shiva granted this blessing to Lord Ganesha on the Sankashti Chaturthi holiday.

This is why devotees revere Sankathara and Vighnaharta to celebrate Sankashti Chaturthi to remove any obstacles that hinder their lives.

  • Devotees believe that aside from protecting devotees against all hazards, Lord Ganesha’s blessings are available to couples ready to bear children.
  • Following the Moon’sMoon’s sighting, the pooja is initiated by reading the Vrata Katha or the month’s stories in question. After that, the pooja is typically done by two people that observe closely to bless the potential for the family to expand.
  • And praising the God of heaven on this day will bring health, knowledge, wealth, and happiness to those who are devoted. Shiva Purana explains that following a fast or vrat (fast) during this day of auspiciousness with total commitment and faith will eliminate any obstacles.
  • The Brahma Vaivarta Purana says that Lord Ganesha is the Supreme Lord’s son Shiva and Parvati and is an expression of the supreme consciousness. Therefore, in worshipping Ganesha, one receives blessings that include mind, wisdom, and liberation from all difficulties.

Rituals Of Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat

In the early mornings of Sankashti Chaturthi, people get up early and take an early bath.

Bath is best taken before Sunrise.

Some are on a full-day fast, during which they consume any salt-laden food the next day after Sankashti Chaturthi Others, who are in partial fasting, take a snack of fruits and kheer after performing Puja.

A few people visit the temple, give Aarti to worship Lord Ganesha,and perform a mantra.

A few people practise the Puja in their homes only, and thus they put Idol of Ganesha in a clean place and offer Dhruv Grass to the gods, Ghee Aarti, and an incense stick.

Prasad Ladaoo, along with Modak, is made available.

Rituals start in Mantras, then Vrata Katha.

In the end, Aarti takes place.

The data story is generally read by the priest or other elderly household members.

Then, puja prasad is offered to each member. In addition, the praying of Lord Ganesha and the moon is celebrated in the month of Sankashti Chaturthi.

Sandalwood, water, Chandan paste, rice, and flowers are presented to moonlight.

Reciting the Vedic songs or mantras dedicated to Lord Ganesha is a blessing during this time.

The devotees chant the Ganesha Ashtothra, Sankashtnashana sthothra, and Vakratunda Mahakaya in particular in the month of Sankashti Chaturthi.

Story Related To Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha was manifested and created by Goddess Parvathi out of sandal paste and given life. She then asked him to stand guard while she bathed.

Lord Shiva returned and saw him. Lord Shiva tried to enter the area, but Lord Ganesha did not allow him to enter.

Lord Shiva became angry and questioned him about his manners.

Lord Shiva’s followers fought with Lord Ganesha.

Even Narada, the Trinity Gods, and Indra tried to defeat him but Lord Ganesha being the embodiment created by Ma Shakti defeated everyone in his way.

Enraged, Lord Shiva severed Lord Ganesha’s head. Seeing her son dead, Goddess Parvathi revealed her fierce form of Adi Shakti.

She vowed to destroy the universe if her son was not brought back to life.

The Gods hunted for ahead, they found a baby elephant dead with his mother crying.

The elephant was pacified and fixed this head-on Lord Ganesha.

His name was declared by Lord Shiva to be the most supreme of the Lords.

From this day his name was Lord “Ganesha.”

Sankashti Chathurthi Vrat Story

In the Sanathan Dharma, any auspicious activity is done by invoking the blessings of Lord Ganesha. Around 12 to 13 days in a year fall as Sankashti.

There are many stories about the day being celebrated. One of the important stories is:

Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakhmi were to be wed.

All the Gods except Lord Ganesha were called for the wedding.

The day of the wedding arrived. All the demi-Gods were present except for Lord Ganesha.

They were all searching for Lord Ganesha. All were astonished why Lord Ganesha was not called.

Lord Vishnu justified saying Lord Shiva was called and Lord Ganesha belonging to the same family was not invited separately.

He said that Lord Ganesha eats a portion fully and walks slowly on the rat.

Lord Ganesha was then called and made to sit at the door.

Lord Narada has arrived at the scene. Seeing Lord Ganesha there he asked why he was sitting there.

Lord Ganesha said that he was insulted by making him sit like a watchman outside.

Lord Narada said to send the rat’s army in front of the wedding party so that they can dig a huge pit for the wedding party and vehicles to fall in there.

The wedding party would not be able to move forward.

Lord Ganesha did exactly that.

The wheels of the chariots got stuck in the pit and broke.

No one could understand why this was happening.

Lord Narada told everyone that Lord Ganesha was insulted, and he needs to be pacified and asked apology.

Nandi brought Lord Ganesha and all asked forgiveness from Lord Ganesha.

He forgave all of them and the chariots now came out of the pits.

But the chariots were now broken, a mason was passing by who said that he can fix the chariot.

He invoked the blessings of Lord Ganesha and fixed the broken chariots.

Now he told the wedding party that all these problems had come because before starting an auspicious work, they might have not remembered Lord Ganesha.

The demi-Gods realized their mistake and prayed to Lord Ganesha offered him their obeisance and asked for an obstacle-free wedding.

From this day on Sankashti Chathurthi has been celebrated.

Procedure To Perform The Sankashti Chathurthi Fast

Devotees keeping this fast wake up early in the morning and take a holy bath and wear red and white clothes, they make the determination or vow to do the fast also known as Sankalp.

The idol of Lord Ganesha is very important for this fast. Lord Ganesha is the remover of all obstacles and the giver of a problem-free life.

So the idol of Lord Ganesha is made to wear a janau (Sacred thread), decorated with durva grass, and flowers, offered abir, Chandan (sandal), Gulal (color), and perfume.

Prasad such as modak, ladoo, or items liked by Lord Ganesha is prepared on this day.

Jaggery, coconut, fruits on a pan leaf, Nagarvel plant, and betel nut is offered.

Mantras and stotras to please Lord Ganesha are chanted to please the Lord.

The pooja begins by offering prayers to the Lord and reciting stories and the Vrat Katha.

Offering camphor in aarti is considered auspicious.

Distribute the Prasad by offering it to all family members.

Before and after the pooja do not see the back of Lord Ganesha. Seeing the back indicates loss of wealth.

The fast is broken after offering prayers and seeing the moon. Rice, flowers, sandal paste, and water are offered to the moon.

The devotees are required to fast the whole day and offer prayers and aarti to Lord Ganesha in the evening.

If you cannot fast completely fruits and milk can be taken.

The fast is done for the well-being, prosperity, and progeny of the family.

If you cannot do a full fast, you may abstain from normal food and consume only fast-specific foods.

You should do the vow/sankalp according to what you are going to follow. These are

  • Sabudana Khichdi
  • Fresh fruits
  • Unsalted Chips
  • Peanuts
  • Potato
  • Milk

Benefits Of Sankashti Chathurthi

  • Removing all obstacles in life
  • Dispelling all difficulties, evils, and hurdles
  • Blesses the person with happiness, prosperity
  • Blesses the person with wisdom
  • Bestows the person with good health and wealth
  • End of all enmity, and destruction of disease
  • Fulfillment of all wishes
  • Financial growth and stability

 Significance & Story of Sankashti Chaturthi

Sanakshti Chaturthi additionally known as Ganesh Sankatahara or Sankatahara Chaturthi is one of the most auspicious days for performing puja ritual and observing fast.

It is typically accompanied each month on the Fourth day of Krishna Paksha (Waning Moon).

One can find inside the Hindu lunar calendar two Chaturthi Tithis; one after Full Moon Day at some stage in Krishna Paksha and one after New Moon Day (Amavasya).

The one after Full Moon day is known as Sankashti Chaturthi and the opposite is known as Vinayak Chaturthi.

However, the Sankasthi that falls inside the month of Magha (Feb-March) as in keeping with North Calendar (Purnimant) and in the month of Paush (Jan-Feb) as in step with South Calendar (Amavasyant) is the maximum large.

And if it falls on Tuesday it is regarded as Angarki Chaturthi, a pretty spiritual day among all Sankashti Chaturthi days.

Generally humans are aware about Ganesha Chaturthi that occurs in Bhadrapada (Aug-Sept).

But Sankashti Chaturthi and Vinayaka Chaturthi are also extensive as each is related to Lord Ganesha.

How to Celebrate Sankashti Chaturthi

❋ One should wake up before sunrise on the day of Chaturthi
❋ After taking a bathtub, provide Ganga jal (holy waters) to the Sun reciting Vakra Tunda mantra
❋ Visit a Ganesh temple if viable or worship him at home. The Sanskrit word sankashti means ‘ ❋ ❋ liberation from miseries or boundaries’ and Lord Ganesha is called vidna-harta, the one who gets rid of barriers.

Therefore it’s far from a full-size Chaturthi along with Ganesh Chaturti that falls in August-September
❋ One has to speed from dawn to moonrise on Sankashti Chaturthi.

One ought to take fruits, roots and vegetables. Also you can have Sabudana Khichadi/vada, peanuts and potatoes
❋ One can put on divine energized products related to Muladhara Chakras ruled through Lord Ganesha such as Eight Mukhi Rudraksha beads, Ganesha Lockets, Ganesh idols or statues, Ganesha Yantras and unique Ganesha Puja

All About Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha is one of the celestial deities conserving the divine prominence in Vedic scriptures. His form, intellect, divinity and strengths are glorified in the Ganesh Purana.

He is Ganesha or Ganapati who is the lord of hundreds that worship him for his advantages. Sanskrit lexicon Amarakosha mentions others names of Ganesha as properly:

Vighnaharta: One who eliminates limitations
Ganadhipa: One who leads hundreds
Ekadanta: One who has one tusk
Heramba Lambodara: one that has a pot belly
Gajanana: one that has the face of an elephant

Puranas point out that Lord Ganesha is the god of letters, getting to know and expertise.

In Sanskrit, the phrase buddhi is a female noun that is variously translated as intelligence, knowledge, or mind.

The Ganesha Purana and Ganesh Sahasranama (thousand names of Ganesha) mention one of the names as Buddhipriya, the one who’s fond of intelligence.

Buddhi (experience or mind) is a woman phrase that means Lord Ganesha is the husband (priya or lover) of Buddhi.

In the Kundalini Yoga sutras, Lord Ganesha noted because the ruler of Root Chakra (Muladhara Chakra) linked the inspiration or stability to your lifestyles.

Also in Ganpati Atharvashirsha it’s far from the reason that Lord Ganesha usually dwells inside the sacral plexus at the base of the spine, Mūlādhāra Chakra.

He is living permanently in every residing being on the Muladhara.

He publishes all other chakras, thereby meaning the forces that propel the wheel of life.

Therefore, Lord Ganeha is the primal pressure that supports the foundation of every component of your existence.

He gets rid of all of the obstacles to all your undertakings. One must meditate on him each day inside the morning.

One also can use Ganesha Mantras for Rudraksha beads ruled by means of Lord Ganesha to reinforce your Root Chakra. Vahana (Vehicle) of Lord Ganesha:
He rides over a rat that is a worried teeny weeny in shape who robs or steals underneath the duvet of darkness and runs away on the slightest sign of threat.

The call mooshika is derived from Sanskrit time period moosh, which means to thieve.

A rat will come out in the consolation of darkness to scour, borrow and chunk and devour the whole thing that it will stumble upon.

It indicates lust and greed and ignorant thoughts.

Human thoughts are akin to a rat, the mind being wavering and egocentric.

A mouse also represents the timidity and the anxiety that weigh down us on the onset of any new challenge.

(When a ship is sinking, first the rats run away).

Also as rats multiply swiftly, our thoughts also multiply with fears.

Ganesha sitting on a mouse depicts all such running away, multiplication, anxiety, greed, lust and stealing mind-set of man being tamed whilst he awakens the electricity of Ganesh.

Ganesh represents status on one’s toes and taking the prize of his life and facing obstacles inside the face via Riddhi and Siddhi.

Lord Ganesha takes us toward our initiative with no boundaries. Offering Obeisance to Parents on Sankashti Chaturthi

It is stated that Lord Ganesha is the lord of Muladhara Chakra or the Root Chakra.

When one plays one’s prescribed duties at non-public and professional degrees, it shows that their Root Chakra is remarkable-charged.

When this Chakra is active, the ruling deity continues to bless us.

Respecting and taking care of one’s dad and mom is one of the highest ethical responsibilities one ought to perform dutifully.

This became exemplified with the aid of Lord Ganesha himself.

Legend has it that the gods gave a divine fruit to Lord Shiva and his spouse, Goddess Parvati. According to the gods, the fruit became very special and everybody having it might get the superb understanding and immortality.

Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati had two sons Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya.

Both of them wanted to have the divine fruit and this led to an argument among the two.

Finally, Goddess Parvati decided to settle the problem via pronouncing that the only who will circle the arena three times and comes lower back first could be conferred the name of ‘Pratham Pujya’ – The one who is worshipped first.

Lord Kartikeya is the god of War and the Commander-in-Chief of the devas’ (gods) navy and has the peacock as his vahan (vehicle).

No faster the declaration turned into made, he jumped on his peacock and began his journey no longer losing his time on wondering. However, Lord Ganesha become embarrassed that his vaahan become just the humble Mushak (the mouse) and that there has been no manner it may win together with his elder brother Kartikeya as his vaahan, the peacock turned into a whole lot quicker.

Also, one of the names of Lord Ganesha is ‘Lambodara’ this means that the ‘huge bellied lord’. Thus, defeating Kartikeya was almost not possible.

When the race began, Kartikeya jumped on his peacock and left on his journey to circle the earth three instances.

However, Lord Ganesha no longer follows health. For him his mother and father have been very dear and something which you revere is just like the middle of your lifestyles.

So, he applied his awareness and certainly drew a circle round his dad and mom Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi and finished ‘parikrama’ or circumambulation.

This amazed Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and they requested him, what he became doing.

To this Lord Ganesha replied that for him his dad and mom had been his entire global and subsequently he is on foot in a circle around them.

Thus, he circumambulated them three times.

Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati had been touched through this gesture.

They introduced Lord Ganesh to be the winner of the divine fruit and declared him to be the ‘Pratham Pujya’.

This reputedly simple yet noble gesture by using Lord Ganesha teaches us many profound classes and proves that our parents should be our focus and in essence, our international.

This “Ganesh Principle” or the cost that Lord Ganesha assigned to his parents must be emphasized by all and practised in existence.

When you awaken inside the morning, you have to ask yourself, “How frequently do I bow to my parents and are searching for their grace and guidance?”Lord Ganesha and his gesture constantly remind us that real achievement will come only while an person fortifies the relationship and the bond he has together with his dad and mom, his values and the better spiritual self.

When Kartikeya came again, he didn’t like what had occurred and the selection was taken via his dad and mom Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

He felt cheated. Kartikeya left his parents’ homestead to stay elsewhere.

However, his parents wanted to visit him. So Karikeya informed Lord Shiva that he can visit him on new moon day and to Goddess Parvati ma that she will be able to go to him on full moon day. Kartikeya represents the God of the senses, Shiva the soul and Parvati the mind.

Thus meditations on Amavasya enables us benefit mastery over the senses and Purnima period enables one going inward and in going beyond the thoughts to sense divine truth inside.

All you need to know about Sankashti Chaturthi

Planning to hold Sankashti Chaturthi fast this year?

Here is everything you need to know about Sankashti Chaturthi, fast, pooja timings etc.

Every festival and occasion in India is celebrated with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm.

Religious beliefs and rituals form an integral part of the Indian culture, and this is why every event and occasion is observed with a lot of dedication and happiness.

According to the Hindu calendar, there are several celestial events, which are of utmost importance and have been an inseparable part of our culture and one such important occasion is Sankashti Chaturthi, which is celebrated by worshiping Lord Ganesha.

Sankashti Chaturthi is an auspicious Hindu festival celebrated on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha (dark lunar phase) and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

According to the Hindu calendar, there are two ‘Chaturthi Tithis’ in every lunar month.

Sankashti Chaturthi falls after the first full moon of the lunar month and the second one which is called ‘Vinayaka Chaturthi’ comes after the new moon in Shukla Paksha.

If Sankashti Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday, then it is called ‘Angaraki Chaturthi’ and is considered a highly auspicious day for observing fast.

On this holy day, the devotees observes fast with strict rules and can only break the fast after seeing the moon followed by praying to Lord Ganesha.

Praying and observing a fast on this day is believed to fulfil all the wishes and reduce obstacles in life as Lord Ganesha is the God who is known for his intelligence and ability to remove all the difficulties from our lives.

Dates of Sankashti Chaturthi  05 January (Friday)

03 February (Saturday)

05 March (Monday)

03 April (Tuesday)

03 May (Thursday)

02 June (Saturday)

01 July (Sunday)

31 July (Tuesday) Angaraki Chaturthi

30 August (Thursday)

28 September (Friday)

27 October (Saturday)

26 November (Monday)

25 December (Tuesday) Angaraki Chaturthi

Significance:

Sankashti Chaturthi has a special significance for us because it is believed that if we observe a fast on this day, we get all we wish for and all the difficulties in our lives are removed by Lord Ganesha. On this day, the devotees pray to Lord Ganesha for themselves as well as their families for health and prosperity.

In India, Lord Ganesha is also known as ‘Vighnaharta’, which means one who removes all the obstacles from everything.

So, it is believed that worshipping him can help in erasing all the hurdles of life.

How to celebrate Sankashti Chaturthi:

The followers need to get up early in the morning and dedicate their whole day to Lord Ganesha. They should bath and wear new clothes before starting the prayers.

A strict fast is needed to be observed for the whole day and can only be broken after getting the sight of the moon at night followed by the prayers.

After the moon is visible, the puja should be started by lighting the lamps and incense sticks, the devotees need to read the ‘Vrat Katha’ which should be specific to the month in which they are celebrating this festival.

Fresh flowers and Durva grass are used for decorations around the statue or picture of Lord Ganesha. Water, sandalwood paste, flowers and rice are offered to the god and the moon.

Mantras are recited by the priest, or you can also do it yourself if you can.

Food for this day: The devotees can observe a full day fast without having anything, but if it is not possible for you, you can always have fresh fruits, water and nothing else.

Modak is offered to Lord Ganesha on this day, and after the ‘puja aarti’, the modaks are distributed to everyone as ‘prasad’. Apart from these, the special items for the day include:

1. Sabudana Khichdi

It is a perfect vrat recipe that is prepared using sabudana, curry leaves, green chillies, potatoes and some spices.

This easy-to-make recipe is quite healthy for the gut because it can be digested easily. You can find the detailed recipe here.

2. Til Ke Laddoo

For making Til ke Laddoo, you need sesame seeds, peanuts, jaggery and ghee.

Heat ghee and fry the peanuts and sesame seeds in it.

Put them in a large mixing bowl and pour melted jaggery.

Mix well and make small balls out of the mixture and place them on a plate.

Your laddoos are ready and you can store the laddoos at room temperature in an airtight container for a few weeks.

If you don’t like this recipe, you can also read atta laddoo recipe here.

3. Curd Rice

This South Indian recipe is a perfect blend of sweet and tangy flavours. You can easily make this recipe by just following the steps mentioned here.

  1. Gajak

To make gajak, start with dry-roasting the sesame seeds.

Add sugar, water and ghee in a pan and cook on medium flame until the consistency is thick.

Add the roasted sesame seeds with cashews in the sugar syrup and mix well.

Spread on a plate and cut out square pieces from it and let them cool down.

Store in an airtight container to keep them crunchy and tasty for a long time.

Sankasthi Chaturthi Festival

Introduction to Sankasthi Chaturthi Festival

Sankashti Chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrated on the fourth day (Chaturthi) of the waning moon (Krishna Paksha) in the Hindu calendar month of Magh.

It is observed mainly in Western India, particularly in the state of Maharashtra.

The festival holds great significance for followers of Lord Ganesha and is considered to be one of the most auspicious days for worshipping the deity.

Let’s find out the meaning and important rituals to follow on this auspicious day.

Sankashti Chaturthi meaning

The term Sankashti meaning is ‘deliverance from difficulties’ and it is believed that Lord Ganesha can provide relief from all obstacles and troubles.

Therefore, Sankashti Chaturthi means the fourth day of the lunar calendar which delivers people from difficulties.

The fast is observed from sunrise to moonrise and devotees break the fast with a meal after offering prayers to the Lord.

On this day, Lord Ganesha is worshipped in the form of the ‘Sankashti Vinayak’ which is considered to be an incarnation of the Lord who can help overcome all obstacles.

Moreover, Sankashti Chaturthi is also known as lambodara sankashti chaturthi as this day is dedicated to Lord Ganesha who is also known as Lambodar and Vinayak.

One of the key rituals of the Sankashti Chaturthi is the ‘Ganapati Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat Katha’ which is a narrative that explains the story of Lord Ganesha and his ability to remove obstacles and grant blessings.

The story is recited during the evening puja, followed by the offering of sweets and fruits to the Lord Ganesha.

In addition to the puja, devotees also participate in the ‘Modaka Habba’ which is a festival of sweets where Modak, a sweet dumpling filled with jaggery and coconut, is offered to Lord Ganesha.

This sweet is considered to be Lord Ganesha’s favourite and is made in large quantities for the festival.

The Sankashti Chaturthi is also a time for charity and acts of kindness.

Devotees offer food and clothes to the less fortunate and engage in other charitable activities as a way of seeking blessings from the Lord Ganesha.

Sankashti Chaturthi – Significance, Importance and Rituals

The festival of Sankashti Chaturthi is a celebration that is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

It holds utmost importance in the Hindu culture. In the year  it will be observed for a total of 13 times.

The devotees observe a fast on this auspicious day and pray and worship Lord Ganesha.

There are ideally two types of fasts that people observe on this day, these include a full fast or a partial fast.

In a partial fast people are allowed to eat certain food items.

These items include the following:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Peanuts
  • Milk
  • Curd
  • Sabudana khichdi
  • Roots of plants

This festival is considered to be one of the most important festivals in Hindu culture.

Moreover, there is also a proper sankashti chaturthi vrat vidhi than an individual observing a fast must follow, thi is as follows:

  • An individual must wake up early and declare that they will be observing a fast on this day
  • A morning pooja is done which include worshipping Lord Ganesha along with couple of his favourite items which include – Ladoos, Modaks, Fruits, and Flowers
  • The devotees visit the temple in the evening in order to gather and to sing and dance as an expression of their happiness and joy.
  • Moreover, in the evening the devotees recite and listen to the Vrat katha either in the temple itself or at their houses.
  • This is then followed by an evening pooja in which people offer the prepared food to Lord Ganesha and then serve it in the household as a form of prasad.

Thus, the Sankashti Chaturthi is an important festival in the Hindu religion, particularly for followers of Lord Ganesha.

It is a day of fasting, prayer, and charity, and provides an opportunity for devotees to seek the blessings of the Lord and overcome obstacles in their lives.

What is Sankashti Chaturthi?

Why and how is it celebrated?

If there is one god in the Hindu pantheon who is a marker of auspicious beginnings, it is Lord Ganesha.

The elephant-headed god is worshipped at the beginning of seasons and rituals for this reason.

And there is one day in every month of the year when this worship is said to be at its peak.

Known as Sankashti Chaturthi or Sakat Chauth, this day is even more auspicious, especially if it falls on a Tuesday or Friday.

Celebrated across India, Sankashti Chaturthi is observed on the fourth day, or chaturthi, of every month in the Hindu calendar.

The day is also linked with the Krishna Paksha, or the waning phase of the moon.

While people in many states of India celebrate this day, especially in Maharashtra, it is known by a number of different names.

Known as Sankat Hara Chaturthi in Tamil Nadu, the day is also celebrated as Angaraki Chaturthi when it falls on a Tuesday.

The Sanskrit word “sankashti” means deliverance from troubled or difficult times, so worshipping Lord Ganesha on this day means you’ll be blessed with peace and prosperity in the coming times.

Devotees usually keep a fast to be free of obstacles on this day.

Here are a few rituals that are followed on Sankashti Chaturthi:

  1. Devotees keep a partial or day-long fast on this day. They and eat only fruits, vegetables and root plants throughout the day. Peanuts, potatoes and sabudana khichdi are prepared especially to mark this day’s fasting. The day’s fasting is broken only after the main puja is done.
  2. The main puja of the day is done in the evening, after the moon is visible. The idol of Lord Ganesha is worshipped with Durva grass, fresh flowers and incense sticks. Lamps are lit, and devotees read the “vrat katha” specific to the month in shich the Chaturthi is. The rituals for this day end with the sighting of the moon.
  3. Special sweets or naivedya, including modaks, are offered to the deity during the puja. After the katha and aarti, these sweets are distributed as prasad.
  4. Apart from worshipping Lod Ganesha, the moon is also worshipped on Sankashti Chaturthi. Water, chandan or sandalwood paste, rice and flowers are offered in the direction of the moon.
  5. Reciting the Vedic hymns or mantras devoted to Lord Ganesha garners blessings on this day. Devotees chant the Ganesha Ashtothra, Sankashtnashana sthothra and Vakrathunda Mahakaya especially on Sankashti Chaturthi.

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