Sankashti Chaturthi holds special significance in Hinduism as it is dedicated to Lord Ganesh. We all know that Lord Ganesh is worshiped before any other god and his Puja is performed before commencement of any auspicious work. It is believed that by worshiping Lord Ganesh, a person gets rid of every problem in life and attains the blessing of strength, knowledge, and discretion. This is why people observe fast on Sankashti Chaturthi and pray to the god with complete devotion and dedication.
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Meaning Of Sankashti Chaturthi
Sankashti Chaturthi means the Chaturthi that eliminates all troubles. Sankahsti is a Sanskrit word which means ‘getting rid of difficult times’.
So, people perform Puja for Lord Ganesh with proper rituals on this day. Even in the Puranas, worshiping Lord Ganesh on Chaturthi has been considered fruitful. On this day, the fast is observed from dusk to dawn.
Sankashti Chaturthi: Date & Time
Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated on the fourth day of Sukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha every month. The Chaturthi of Shukla Paksha is known as Sankashti Chaturthi and the Chaturthi of Krishna Paksha is called Vinayak Chaturthi. According to the scriptures, the Chaturthi of Shukla Paksha of the Magha month is very auspicious. Sankashti Chaturthi is also known as Sankat Hara, Sankat Chauth, etc. If it falls on the Tuesday of any tithi, it is called Angarika Chaturthi. However, Angarika Chaturthi comes once every six months and is celebrated with great enthusiasm in South India.
Now, let’s tell you about its date as per the Hindu calendar and its specialty.
Date: 19 May, 2022
Hindi Month: Jyeshta
Paksha: Krishna Paksha
Chaturthi Tithi Begins: The night of 18 May, 2022, at 11:38 pm
Chaturthi Tithi Ends: 19 May, 2022, at 8:25 pm
Let us tell you that even though this Tithi will start from the night of May 18, 2022, but since this festival is celebrated from sunrise to sunset, Sankashti Chaturthi will be celebrated from sunrise to sunset on May 19, 2022.
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Sankashti Chaturthi: Worship Method
- Wake up before sunrise on this day.
- The people fasting on this day must take a holy path first thing in the morning, then wear clean clothes. It is believed that wearing red colored clothes on this day is auspicious and doing so can make your fast successful.
- After bathing, worship Lord Ganesh. Make sure to face east or north direction while worshiping.
- For worshiping, you must first decorate the idol of Lord Ganesh with flowers.
- Then keep the Puja items like sesame, jaggery, flowers, incense, sandalwood, pure water in a copper urn, and banana or coconut in the form of Prasad.
- You must keep an idol of Goddess Durga while worshiping as it is considered auspicious.
- Then apply Roli on the God and offer flowers and Jal.
- Now offer Bhog of sesame Ladoos or Modak to the God.
- Then recite the following Mantras after lighting a lamp or incense in front of the God.
gajānanaṃ bhūta gaṇādi sevitaṃ, kapittha jambū phala cārū bhakṣaṇam।
umāsutaṃ śoka vināśakārakam, namāmi vighneśvara pāda paṃkajam।।
- After concluding the Puja, you can consume peanuts, Kheer, milk, or Sabudana. Do not devour anything else besides these items. Many people consume Sendha Namak on this day but you are advised not to consume it.
- Then in the evening before moonrise, worship Lord Ganesh and recite the Vrat Katha of Sankashti Chaturthi.
- After the worship is over, distribute the Prasad.
- Then break the fast after seeing the Moon at night.
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Importance of Sankashti Chaturthi
According to beliefs, worshiping Lord Ganesha on Sankashti Chaturthi ends the negativity in the house and brings happiness and peace. It is said that Ganpati Bappa removes all the problems coming in the house and fulfills all our wishes. Let us tell you that a total of 13 fasts are observed on Sankashti Chaturthi throughout the year.
Sankashti Chaturthi: Vrat Katha
There are many mythological stories associated with Sankashti Chaturthi but we will tell you the most popular among them.
Once upon a time, Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati were sitting by a river, and suddenly Maa Parvati felt like playing Chaupar and she expressed her wish. But at that time, there was no one else besides the two, who could play the role of a judge. To resolve this issue, Maa Parvati and Lord Shiva made a clay idol of a child and put life in it. Then they instructed the clay idol to judge the game carefully and decide who is winning. Then they started the game and Maa Parvati was winning most matches.
One time, the idol made a decision against Maa Parvati, which angered her and she cursed him to become limp. The child apologized to the Goddess several times and after seeing his efforts, she said that she cannot take back the curse but there is a solution that can free him of the curse. As a remedy, the Goddess said that some girls come here to worship on the day of Sankashti, so you ask them the method of fasting with a true heart.
The child then asked for the method of fasting as mentioned by the Goddess and observed the fast with devotion. This appeased Lord Ganesh and he asked for his wish. He said he wanted to visit Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesh took him to the Shivlok to fulfill his wish. On reaching there, the child realized that only Lord Shiva was present there. Actually, during that time, Maa Parvati left Kailash as she was upset with Lord Shiva. Seeing that child there, Lord Shiva asked him how he came there. Answering this, the child said that by worshiping Lord Ganesh, he has received this boon. After knowing this, Lord Shiva also observed a fast for Sankashti to persuade Maa Parvati and then she returned to Kailash.
So, it is believed that observing the Sankashti Chaturthi fast fulfills all wishes of a person.
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‘Saghya Yoga’ Is Forming On Sankashti Chaturthi
Let us tell you that from 18 May, 6:43 pm to 16 May, 8:57 pm, Sarghya Yoga is being formed. If you want to learn new skills or want to know something from somebody, then this Yoga is considered favorable for that. It is believed that during the Sarghya Yoga, a person learns everything wholeheartedly and attains success in it.
Moon Transit in Sagittarius on Sankashti Chaturthi
As per the astrologers, due to the impact of Moon transit in Sagittarius, there is always a smile on the natives’ faces. Their mind becomes a little fickle so they often forget things and sometimes they become irresponsible. They lose interest in roaming around outside the house. However, they try to do everything wholeheartedly, but they fail to succeed due to their fickle minds.
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