Sankashti Chaturthi March 2022- Get rid of all kind of miseries in life!
By: Indian Astrology | 07-Mar-2022Views : 392
Sankashti Chaturthi is an important Hindu festival which is celebrated in the honor of lord Ganesha. It is a popular festival and as per Hindu theology, Lord Ganesha removes all obstacles of our lives through his blessings on this auspicious day.
Sankashti Chaturthi March 2022, Date and timings:
Date: Monday, March 21, 2022
Timing: March 21, 8:20 am - March 22, 6:24 am
Relevance of Sankashti Chaturthi in Hindu religion:
Sankashti Chaturthi occurs every month on the fourth day or ‘chaturthi’ of the waning phase or Krishna Paksha of the lunar cycle. Sankashti Chaturthi if falls on Tuesday is considered even more auspicious. This chaturthi is called Angarki Chatuthi and is considered to be the most beneficial of all the Sankashti Chaturthi days.
The Sankashti Chaturthi celebrations are observed in both northern and southern territories of India. In the state of Maharashtra, Sankashti Chaturthi is one of the main festivals there celebrated with grandeur and great excitement.
The word ‘sankashti’ has its origin in Sanskrit language that implies ‘removal of difficult times’ whereas the word ‘chaturthi’ means ‘fourth day or the day meant for Lord Ganesha’. This is the reason devotee worship Lord Ganesha on this auspicious day to help them get rid of all obstacles in life and conquer every difficult situation.
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Worship rituals of Sankashti Chaturthi:
- On the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, devotees wake up early in the morning and pay reverence to Lord Ganesha throughout the day. They also keep a strict fast during the day. Some devotees also observe a partial fast and only take fruits and vegetables with complete abstinence of cereals. People usually eat peanuts, potatoes and sabudana khichadi during sankashti fast.
- In the evening, Sankashti puja is performed after looking at the moon. The devotees decorate Lord Ganesha idols with garlands made of durva grass and fresh flowers. Ghee lamps are lit along with incense offerings and chant of Vedic mantras. After this the devotees read the special story meant for fast called ‘vrat katha’ specific to the month of March 2022. The fast is complete after worship of Lord Ganesha and the moon.
- Special ‘naivedya’ including modaks and other delicacies are prepared for offerings and it is followed by an ‘aarti’. Later the prasad is distributed among everyone present in puja.
- It is mandatory to worship Moon or Chandra God on the day of Sankashti chaturthi. Devotees offer arghya containing water, sandalwood (chandan), rice and flowers in the direction of the moon.
- Then people recite ‘Ganesha Ashtothra’ and ‘Sankashtnashana sthothra’ to propitiate Lord Ganesha. The most popular mantra- om gan ganpatyae namah is recited several times.
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Why Sankashti Chaturthi is considered so auspicious?
- On the sacred day of Sankashti Chaturthi, true devotees of Lord Ganesha believe that by offering prayers to their deity, all their desires will be fulfilled and a prosperous life will follow them.
- Childless couples also maintain Sankashti Chaturthi festivities to attain blessings of progeny.
- Sankashti Chaturthi is observed every Lunar month, and each month has different custom of celebrating it. God Ganesha is revered with different names in these different months. There are in total 13 vrats, and each vrat has a specific meaning, vrat katha and purpose. Therefore there are 13 fasts and 13 ‘vrat katha’ in total, one meant for each month and the last one is for ‘adhika maas’ which is the extra month of leap year coming once in four years as per Hindu calendar.
- The stories are unique for each month and are recited specifically in that month only. According to the Hindu scriptures, on this pious day, Lord Shiva announced the supremacy of His son, Sankashti (another name for Lord Ganesha) over all other deities except Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Parvati.
- It is from that day, Lord Ganesha or Sankashti is worshipped as the Lord of prosperity, bright fortune and freedom. It is a common belief that on the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, Lord Ganesha comes to the Earth to bless His devotees. The importance of Sankashti Chaturthi has been mentioned in various ancient texts like ‘Bhavishaya Purana’ and ‘Narasimha Purana’. It also has mention in Shrimadbhagwat gita where Lord Krishna explains the importance of Sankashti Chaturthi to Yudhishtira, the eldest of all Pandavas.
May Lord Ganesha removes all obstacles in your life!