Sankashti Chaturthi is a monthly, a day’s Hindu sacred remembrance event for Lord Ganesha. Sankashti means liberation, relief from obstacles-challenges or respite off the troubled times. Lord Ganesha is one of the most popular Hindu deities. He is the elder son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Shiva is among the top three Hindu deities with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. Lord Ganesha is regarded as the God to Remove Obstacles, and also the God of New Beginnings, and for Success, Mind, Intelligence, and Wisdom.
Sankashti Chaturthi is observed across India and in Nepal; though Lord Ganesha is praised or worshiped in other parts of the world, such as, in Bali, Borneo, Burma-Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia, China-Buddhism, Thailand, Japan – in the form of Kangiten, Java, Vietnam, etc. Many in the Western world, in the modern-day regard Lord Ganesha as a symbol.
Lord Ganesha’s body parts have a certain significance, for example, his big head – to think big, reflecting wisdom, intelligence, etc; his big ears – listen more; his small mouth – speak less; his single tusk – hold the good; big stomach – digest the good and the bad in life; his legs – live life both social and spiritual; and so forth.
The Sankashti Chaturthi date each month is determined as per the Hindu lunar calendar. Every lunar month, Sankashti Chaturthi falls on the 4th day of the Krishna Paksha phase of the moon in the fortnight. Krishna Paksha is the decreasing-waning phase of the moon. Sankashti Chaturthi falls on the Gregorian date on the 26th of November 2018.
Many devotees of Lord Ganesha observe Vrat, fast, on the day of Sankashti Chaturthi. It starts from sunrise to the sighting of the moon at night. The fast is kept in remembrance-devotion to Lord Ganesha, and to seek his blessings to remove any obstacles, for auspiciousness in new beginnings, and for success, intelligence power, learning-education, and wisdom.
A Mantra for Lord Ganesha is—
Om Gan Ganpataye Namah
ॐ गं गणपतये नमः
Also Read - Guru Nanak Gurpurab, 23 November 2018
(Updated Date & Time :- 2018-11-24 10:29:56 )
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