Sankashti Chaturthi is an auspicious festival for Hindus which is celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha. 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’. Ganesha is the god of knowledge, pleasure and wisdom. Sankashti chaturthi is famous among hindus because it destroy all ‘sankats’
Chaturthi is an auspicious day. Sankashti chaturthi and Angarika Chaturthi is a day when we can receive the blessings of Lord Ganesha.
The Significance of Sankashti Chaturthi
On this religious day devotees worship Lord Ganesha to help the overcome all the problems in life and come out victorious in every difficult situation.It is believed that all the wishes come true if one pray on this auspicious day with pure heart and soul.
The day is considered to be very auspicious because, on this day, Lord Shiva declared his son Ganesha the most superior among all gods. This is why, Sankashti Chaturthi is considered as one of the auspicious fast observed by women for the betterment of their family.
Rituals of Sankashti Chaturthi:
– Devotees get up early and dedicate the day worshipping Lord Ganesha. They observe a strict fast from morning till evening.
– 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.
– Puja rituals like lighting incense and reciting the Vedic mantras are 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. Also read: Ganesh Chaturthi: Legends, Rituals, Tips For Prosperity, Things To Follow & Avoid
– 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 this day, 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 Sankashti Chaturthi 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.
What to eat
The observer of this fast can only rely upon fruits, vegetables and roots of plants. The staple Indian diet on this day comprises of
- Sabudana ki khichdi
● Fresh fruits
● Unsalted chips
Sankashti Chaturthi 2019 Dates
|Thursday, 24 January||Sankashti Chaturthi|
|Friday, 22 February||Sankashti Chaturthi|
|Sunday, 24 March||Sankashti Chaturthi|
|Monday, 22 April||Sankashti Chaturthi|
|Wednesday, 22 May||Sankashti Chaturthi|
|Thursday, 20 June||Sankashti Chaturthi|
|Saturday, 20 July||Sankashti Chaturthi|
|Monday, 19 August||Sankashti Chaturthi|
|Tuesday, 17 September||Angarki Chaturthi|
|Thursday, 17 October||Sankashti Chaturthi|
|Saturday, 15/16 November||Sankashti Chaturthi|
|Sunday, 15 December||Sankashti Chaturthi|
Devotees who observe fast on this day can make Lord Ganesha happy. Show your faith and devotion towards him because we should believe in every ritual and do them with faith and purity.
Ganpati Bappa Morya!!
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