Gajanana Sankashti Chaturthi also known as Sankashti Chaturthi is one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus. This auspicious day is widely celebrated and this year it falls on July 8.
Lord Ganesha is the god of wisdom and prosperity and is invoked before the beginning of any auspicious work. It is believed that for the fulfillment of one’s desires, his blessing is necessary. According to the mythology, he is the son of Shiva and Parvati, brother of Kartikeya – the general of the gods, Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and Saraswati-the goddess of learning. There are numerous stories in Hindu mythology, associated with the birth of this elephant-headed god, whose vehicle is the Mooshak or rat and who loves Modaks (droplet shaped Indian sweet).
The grace of Lord Ganesha always brings happiness and prosperity in life. The sufferings of ‘Bappa’ devotees are far from over. Sankashti is worshipped after the moon rises in the evening on the day of Sankashti Chaturthi. The first puja of Lord Ganesha scales are very famous in all the deities.
Gajanana Sankashti Chaturthi 2020 date:
The Gajanana Sankashti Chaturthi falls on July 8 this year.
Gajanana Sankashti Chaturthi 2020 Tithi:
Chaturthi Tithi Begins – 09:18 AM on Jul 08, 2020
Chaturthi Tithi Ends – 10:11 AM on Jul 09, 2020
Gajanana Sankashti Chaturthi 2020 Moon Rise timing:
The Moon is likely to rise at 10:00 PM on July 8.
Significance of Gajanana Sankashti Chaturthi:
It is believed that Goddess Parvati performed intense penance to please Lord Shiva. However, her prayers and dedication went unheard. Lord Ganesha appeared before her and asked her to perform a vrat on the day of Chaturthi, Krishna Paksha in the month of Shravan. He asked her to observe fasting and break it only after sighting the Moon. After fasting, her wish was granted.
Gajanana Sankashti Chaturthi rituals:
- On this day, devotees of Lord Ganesha take bath in the early morning and wear red clothes.
- Generally, devotees keep fast on this day.
- Devotees shall donate 21 ladoos to the needy.
- The fasting can be broken after the rise of the moon.
- Ganesha mantra is recited during the puja.