According, to the Hindu calendar each lunar month contains two Chaturthi Tithis. The Chaturthi that falls after the full moon during the Krishna Paksha is called as Sankashti Chaturthi and the Chaturthi that falls after the Amavasya (new moon) in the Shukla Paksha is called as Vinayaka Chaturthi. The auspicious or the most significant Sankashti Chaturthi falls during the month of Magha and on this day only the most prominent fasts are being observed. Some of the devotees observe the Sankashti Chaturthi fast every month so that they can get the maximum benefits out of their dedication and devotion. The name and the auspiciousness of the Sankashti Chaturthi changes, when it falls on the day of Tuesday. People consider the day of Tuesday as the day of Lord Ganesha and when the Sankashti Chaturthi falls on this day it is referred to as Angarika Chaturthi and it has the special significance in the life of the devotees. The Sankashti Chaturthi is generally being known by the people living in the Western and Southern region of India. This keeps the special significance for the people of Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
People on this day devote themselves to the Lord Ganesha and keep fasts from the sunrise to sunset so that they can get the blessings of the Lord. The word Sankashti itself has some meaning and it refers to delivery during the trouble times. The Lord Ganesha is considered to be the lord of intelligence and the remover of all the obstacles in the life. Therefore, by doing the puja of Lord Ganesha one can get rid of all the big hurdles from their life and can spend the life in peace and harmony.
This fast should be done with the strictness so that all the desires are being fulfilled. On this day people should consume only the fruits, roots and vegetables especially those that are grown under the ground. People generally eat the Sabudana Khichadi, peanuts and potatoes on this day and it is also considered to be the staple food for the fast. The fast is being broke after the moon is seen i.e. in the night and then after the Aarti the food is being consumed.
In the early morning, one should take the bath and should purify themselves and then the prayers should be offered to the Lord by lighting the lamp. The mantra of the Lord is also being enchanted. Some of the devotees also observe the partial fasting and therefore they can eat the curd rice or the Sabudana Khichadi. The main pooja is generally being done in the evening after the moon has come. After seeing the moon, the idol of the Ganesha is placed in the puja room and then the flowers is being placed in the feet of the Lord. The lamp is lit or the agarbatis is also being lit and then the puja is performed. Afterwards, the Prasad is being given to the relatives and the devotees so that everyone can be benefited from the puja.
Category: Festival 2015
Created: Wednesday, January 28 2015
Author: Lokesh Jagirdar