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Sankashti Chaturthi Festival is an important festival for Hindus. This festival is celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha (Ganapati, Vinayaka, Vighneshvara, etc.). Lord Ganpati symbolizes the remover of all obstacles and supreme God of intelligence. Sankashti Chaturthi is mainly observed on the fourth day (chaturthi) of the Krishna Paksha (dark lunar phase) of Bhadrapad month of Vedic calendar.
Sankashti Chaturthi (संकष्टी चतुर्थी) also famous as ‘Sankata Hara Chaturthi’. Besides, when Sankashti Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday, it is generally referred as ‘Angaraki Chaturthi’. Angaraki Chaturthi is considered to be highly auspicious of all the Sankashti Chaturthi.
Sankashti Chaturthi Date:
Sankashti Chaturthi 2017- 11 August
Sankashti Chaturthi 2018- 30 August
Sankashti Chaturthi 2019- 19 August
Sankashti Chaturthi 2020- 26 August
Mantras Chanted During Sankashti Vrat Day:
Importance of Sankashti Chaturthi
Lord Ganesha is widely worshipped as the God of knowledge, intelligence, success and good fortune and traditionally prayed at the beginning of any new undertaking or at the start of travel. On the auspicious day of Sankashti Chaturthi, there is a special ritual of sighting the moon. The ardent devotees of Lord Ganpati believed that observing Sankashti Chaturthi vrat (fast) on the Angarki Chaturthi day leads to a flourishing life. Childless couples also observe this vrat to be blessed with a progeny.
Rituals of Sankashti Chaturthi:
On the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, devotees observe a strict fast in the honour of Lord Ganesha. The Sankashti Chaturthi Puja is done in the evening, after seeing the moon. The statue of Lord Ganesha is decorated with fresh flowers and Durva grass. Other puja rituals like lighting incense sticks followed by an ‘Aarti’ and reciting the Vedic mantras are also performed. Devotees also chant the ‘Vrat Katha’ dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
The fast is broken after worshipping Lord Ganpati and after sighting of the moon. On this auspicious day, special puja rituals are also dedicated to Lord Moon or Bhagwan Chandra. The rituals involve sprinkling water, chandan (sandalwood) paste, rice and fresh flowers in the direction of Moon or Chandra God.
It is believed that Lord Ganpati (Siddhivinayak) bestows his presence on earth during this day. It is the day Lord Mahadeva (Shiva) declared his son Ganpati as superior to all the Deities, barring Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati.
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