Sankatahara Chaturthi Festival India 2023

  • TypeType:Religious
  • Dates:11-Dec-2022
  • Location:Pune, Maharastra

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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 Chauth.

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 fortune. He has the face of an elephant and the body of a caveman. Many people hold him up as a role model for his many positive traits, including his heroic strength, infectious joy in dance, and sweetness as a child. It is a good tradition to ask for his approval before beginning any new task or tackling any major project.

The Mythology Behind Sankatahara Chaturthi

Legend says Goddess Parvati needed an attendant while she showered, so she crafted Lord Ganesha to serve that function. She made a boy from sandalwood paste, brought him to life, and commanded him 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 monstrous appearance upon her return. To make up for his error, Lord Shiva gave the boy new life by placing the head of an elephant on his body. Sankatahara Chaturthi is the day when Ganesha is honored as the "Lord of the Ganas" and the "remover of impediments," hence it is thought that this was the day when he was given these titles.

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Traditions Observed During Sankatahara Chaturthi

Worship performed during the fourth Waning Moon will have a much greater impact due to the increased availability of spiritual energy at this time. This is why worshipping Ganesha on Sankatahara 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 Lord. The ritual of stomping on coconuts is central to the celebration of Sankatahara Chaturthi. As part of the ceremony, many coconuts are broken on a stone or the ground in front of an idol or other designated areas. The three eyes of the coconut represent the ego, illusion, and karma that serve as the bedrock of any challenge, just as Lord Shiva's three eyes represent the three primary activities of creating, conserving, and destroying. When the three-eyed coconut is broken, all negative karmic 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 devotees on this day; this practice is known as Sankatahara Chaturthi Vrat.

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How to Celebrate Sankatahara Chaturthi

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 vidna-Harta, the remover of obstacles, from the Sanskrit word Sankatahara, which means "freedom from sorrows or boundaries."

In light of this, it is clear that this Chaturthi is less significant, unlike Ganesh Chaturti, which occurs in August or September. On Sankatahara Chaturthi, you have to rush from sunrise to moonrise. Whole foods, such as fruits, roots, and vegetables, should be consumed. Eat Sabudana Khichadi/vada, peanuts, and potatoes; wear Eight Mukhi Rudraksha beads, a Ganesha locket, an image of Ganesha, a Ganesh statue, a Ganesha yantra, or perform a special Ganesha Puja.

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Benefits of Observing Sankatahara Chaturthi Vrat

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
  • Wishes granted
  • 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 flees at the first indication of danger. The word "mosh" in Sanskrit means "to steal," which is where the name "Mooshika" comes from. At night, when it's safe, a rat will come out to forage, borrow, chunk, and eat everything it can get its paws on. It's a symbol of sexual desire, gluttony, and naive assumptions. The human mind is like a rat in that it is unpredictable and focused solely on its own needs.

The mouse is a metaphor for our natural reluctance and fear to take on new challenges. In the event of an impending shipwreck, the rats are the first to abandon the ship. Like rats, our worries 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, and thieving tendencies. With Riddhi and Siddhi, you can overcome every difficulty head-on, much like Ganesh symbolizes. Our limitless progress toward new endeavors is ushered forth by Lord Ganesha.

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FAQs about Sankatahara Chaturthi festival

Q.Is this a good day for Sankatahara Chaturthi?
Sankatahara Chaturthi viratham is when we can pray to Lord Vinayaka and Chandra Bhagavan for their blessings.
Q.What should we do on Sankatahara Chaturthi?
Devotees prepare to fast by getting up early on Sankatahara Chathurthi, taking a bath, and publicly announcing their decision.
Q.What can we eat during Sankatahara Chaturthi?
While adhering to Sankatahara Chaturthi fast, you can eat plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables, and roots.
Q.What should we not eat on Sankashti Chaturthi?
Skip the fried munchies: You can indulge in puri bhaji and sabudana vada at Sankashti Chaturthi festival.