2019 Sankashti Chaturthi Dates
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. READ MORE
Sankashti Chaturthi Dates 2019Current Location : Delhi, India
Latitude/Longitude : 28:39N, 77:13E
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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. Every Sankashti has special meaning and importance.
Lord Ganesha Mantra
“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
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
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