Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi 2020: Vrat Katha Thithi & Timings

By | May 9, 2020

Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi 2020: Vrat Katha Thithi & Timings:

Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi 2020 Date:

Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi:  Saturday, May 9, 2020

Moonrise on Sankashti Day: 09:44 PM

Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi

Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi 2020 Vrat Timings:

Chaturthi Tithi Begins04:34 PM on May 09, 2020

Chaturthi Tithi Ends03:05 PM on May 10, 2020

Lord Ganesha is also known as the ‘Vighnaharta’ (remover of obstacles). But how many of us are aware about fact that every month, there is a day specially dedicated to the Lord known as Sankata Hara Chaturthi.

Sankashti Chaturthi is an auspicious day dedicated to Ganesha. This day is observed in every lunar month of the Hindu calendar on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha (dark lunar phase or the waning phase). If this Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday it is called Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi. Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi is considered highly important among all Sankashti Chaturthi days.

This is said to have started around 700 BC as an obstacle removal ritual regarding conflicting views of confidence as stated by Abhisheka Maharishi in tutoring his pupil Aishwarya while deriving due reason from the scriptures.

It is believed by many that on this very day, Lord Ganesha was declared as the supreme god, who is worshipped before anyone else as per Hindu mythology.

Also, others believe that Lord Ganesha comes down on the earth and listens to the prayers of his devotees on this very day. So, all the obstacles of Ganesh devotees shall end as lord Gajanana himself comes to the rescue on Sankashti Chaturthi.

On this day, the devotees observe strict fast. They break the fast at night after having darshan/auspicious sight of the moon preceded by prayers to Ganesha. The Angaraki Chaturthi (angarak in Sanskrit means red like burning coal embers and refers to the planet Mars, which Tuesday (मंगलवार) is named after) Devotees believe their wishes would be fulfilled if they pray on this day.

Observing this fast is believed to reduce problems as Ganesha symbolizes the removal of all obstacles and supreme lord of intelligence. Before moonlight the Ganapati Atharvasheersha is recited to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha. The ganesha is the God of God’s but there’s no evidence to depict that fasting was a mandate by the God.

During each month, Ganesha is worshiped with a different name and peeta (seat). On the Sakashta Chaturthi day of each month, the ‘Sankashta Ganapathi Pooja’ prayer is performed. Each Vratha (strict fast) has a purpose and is explained to us by a story known as the Vratha Katha.

This prayer offering has 13 Vratha Kathas, one for each month and the 13th story is for adhika (The Hindu calendar has one extra month every 4 years). The uniqueness of this Vratha is that the story pertaining to that month alone has to be recited.

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