Lord Ganesha is the Hindu god most closely associated with new beginnings. For this reason, the god with
the elephant head is worshipped at the start of new seasons and ceremonies. There is a certain day of
the month throughout the year when this devotion is believed to be at its highest. This day is
exceptionally blessed if it occurs on a Tuesday or Friday, known as Sankashti Chaturthi and Sakat
The Hindu festival of Sankatahara Chaturthi is celebrated all over India on the fourth day
(Chaturthi) of each month.
Also associated with this day is the waning moon phase known as Krishna
Paksha. This day is celebrated by people all around India, but it is especially significant in
Maharashtra. In Tamil Nadu, this festival is celebrated as Sankat Hara Chaturthi, but when it occurs
on a Tuesday, it is known as Angaraki Chaturthi.
Sankatahara Chaturthi's Significance
Lord Ganapati, often known as Ganesha, is said to be the offspring of Shiva and Parvati. He is
revered and liked because people see him as a remover of difficulties and a herald of good
He has the face of an elephant and the body of a caveman. Many people hold him up as a role
for his many positive traits, including his heroic strength, infectious joy in dance, and
as a child. It is a good tradition to ask for his approval before beginning any new task or
any major project.
The Mythology Behind Sankatahara Chaturthi
Legend says Goddess Parvati needed an attendant while she showered, so she crafted Lord
serve that function. She made a boy from sandalwood paste, brought him to life, and
not to allow anyone into her home. Unaware that the Great Lord is his father, the little lad
attempted to limit Lord Shiva's visit to the Goddess.
They fought violently, and Shiva cut off
Ganesha's head. Saddened by the news that her son had been killed, Parvati assumed a
appearance upon her return. To make up for his error, Lord Shiva gave the boy new life
the head of an elephant on his body. Sankatahara Chaturthi is the day when Ganesha is
"Lord of the Ganas" and the "remover of impediments," hence it is thought that this was
he was given these titles.
Worship performed during the fourth Waning Moon will have a much greater impact due to the
availability of spiritual energy at this time. This is why worshipping Ganesha on
Chaturthi is important for overcoming difficulties. Even ancient literature underlines the
significance of this day through the telling of legends.
It is common to practice installing clay
idols of Ganapati and worship them at home, in addition to visiting temples to pray to
The ritual of stomping on coconuts is central to the celebration of Sankatahara
of the ceremony, many coconuts are broken on a stone or the ground in front of an idol
designated areas. The three eyes of the coconut represent the ego, illusion, and karma
the bedrock of any challenge, just as Lord Shiva's three eyes represent the three
of creating, conserving, and destroying. When the three-eyed coconut is broken, all
forces are released, and obstacles to material and spiritual development are removed.
Fasting (Vrat) until the evening sighting of the Moon is also observed by certain
day; this practice is known as Sankatahara Chaturthi Vrat.
To properly observe SSankatahara Chaturthi, one must rise before sunrise on that day, bathe
in holy water
(Ganga Jal), and then offer it to the Sun while repeating the Vakra Tundra mantra. If you
can't go to a
Ganesh temple, you can still honor him by doing so at home. Lord Ganesha is known as
remover of obstacles, from the Sanskrit word Sankatahara, which means "freedom from sorrows
In light of this, it is clear that this Chaturthi is less significant, unlike Ganesh
in August or September. On Sankatahara Chaturthi, you have to rush from sunrise to moonrise.
such as fruits, roots, and vegetables, should be consumed. Eat Sabudana Khichadi/vada,
potatoes; wear Eight Mukhi Rudraksha beads, a Ganesha locket, an image of Ganesha, a Ganesh
Ganesha yantra, or perform a special Ganesha Puja.
If you want Lord Ganesha's blessings, you should worship him on Sankatahara Chaturthi.
Get through setbacks and difficulties in life
Send joy and wealth
Progeny's a blessing
Vahana (Vehicle) of Lord Ganesha
Lord Ganesha's Vahana (vehicle) is a scared, tiny rat that steals in the cover of night and
the first indication of danger. The word "mosh" in Sanskrit means "to steal," which is where
name "Mooshika" comes from. At night, when it's safe, a rat will come out to forage, borrow,
and eat everything it can get its paws on. It's a symbol of sexual desire, gluttony, and
assumptions. The human mind is like a rat in that it is unpredictable and focused solely on
The mouse is a metaphor for our natural reluctance and fear to take on new challenges. In
of an impending shipwreck, the rats are the first to abandon the ship. Like rats, our
quickly multiply in number. By awakening the energy of Ganesh, Ganesha is shown sitting
on a mouse,
symbolizing the subjugation of man's flighty, multiplicative, anxious, greedy, lustful,
tendencies. With Riddhi and Siddhi, you can overcome every difficulty head-on, much like
symbolizes. Our limitless progress toward new endeavors is ushered forth by Lord