Sankashti Chaturthi 2019: Today i.e. January 24, 2019 marks the pious occasion of Sankashti Chaturthi. According to the Hindu calendar, the Chaturthi comes twice every month. The first one that comes after the Krishna Paksha Poornima is called Sankashti Chaturthi. The second one that comes after Shukla Paksha Amavasya is called Vinayak Chaturthi. Though Sankashti Chaturthi comes every month, but there is a special significance of the one that comes in the Hindu month of Maagh. On this special days, the devotees observe dawn-to-dusk fast. The festival is especially famous in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
When is Sankashti Chaturthi in 2019?
The twin Chaturthi phenomenon occurs every month, but the Maagh Chaturthi holds special siginificance. According to the English calendar, the Sankashti Chaturthi will be observed today i.e. January 24, 2019.
What are the shubha muhurats and puja timings of Sankashti Chaturthi 2019?
Chaturthi Tithi Begins = 23:59 on 23/Jan/2019
Chaturthi Tithi Ends = 20:53 on 24/Jan/2019
Moonrise On Sakat Chauth Day = 21:31
What is the significance of Sankashti Chaturthi?
As the name suggest, the Sankashti Chaturthi means the one puja that takes away all your ‘sankat’ or woes. On this day, devotees worship Lord Ganesh and observe fast. It is believed that anyone who observes the fast with pure devotion, Lord Ganesh will take away all her/his pains.
Another legend is that the day is known Sakat Chauth, which is dedicated to Goddess Sakat. Sakat Chauth is dedicated to Goddess Sakat and women observe fasting on the very same day for well-being of their sons. Sakat Chauth is also known as Sankat Chauth, Til-Kuta Chauth, Vakra-Tundi Chaturthi and Maghi Chauth.
What is the puja vidhi of Sankashti Chaturthi?
a.Devotees keep a partial or day-long fast on this day. They and eat only fruits, vegetables and root plants throughout the day.
b.Peanuts, potatoes and sabudana khichdi are prepared especially to mark this day's fasting. The day's fasting is broken only after the main puja is done.
c.The main puja of the day is done in the evening, after the moonrise. The idol of Lord Ganesha is worshipped with Durva grass, fresh flowers and incense sticks.
d.Lamps are lit, and devotees read the "vrat katha" specific to the month in shich the Chaturthi is.