Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated by millions of devotees today in honor of Lord Ganesh. As per the traditional Hindu calendar, this festival falls on the fourth day of Krishna paksha (darker fortnight) of every lunar month. This month, the festival is known as Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi as it falls on a Tuesday. Devotees observing Sankashti Chaturthi vrat believe that Lord Ganesha will remove all obstacles in life and bless them with prosperity and happiness.
Rituals Observed on Sankashti Chaturthi
Devotees wake up early in the morning, take bath and worship Lord Ganesha by reciting the Ganesha Ashtottara. A strict fast is observed throughout the day, which is broken in the evening after having darshan of the moon. Those who cannot completely abstain from food due to health reasons eat fruits and drink milk.
Significance of Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi
Angarak, also known as Mangal, is planet Mars as per western astronomical science. As per Hindu mythology, Angarak is the son of Bharadwaj Muni and Bhu-Devi (mother Earth) and is an ardent devotee of Lord Ganesha. It is believed that people who worship Lord Ganesha and observe Sankashti Chaturthi vrat on this day will not be affected by the negative influences of planet Mars.
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