A brief introduction to Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi
Two days in each of the 12 Hindu calendar’s lunar months are dedicated to Lord Ganesha, called Chaturthi. One Chaturthi falls in Shukla Paksha and the other in the Krishna Paksha. Chaturthi is an auspicious holy Hindu day that is observed in dedication and worship to Lord Ganesha. There are about 24 Chaturthi in a Gregorian calendar year. Chaturthi is the 4th day of every lunar month of each of these 2 lunar month’s moon phases, the Krishna Paksha and the Shukla Paksha, as above. Krishna Paksha is the waning-fading moon phase in the lunar month’s fortnight, and Shukla Paksha is its rising-waxing moon phase. Chaturthi in the Krishna Paksha is called Sankashti. Ekadanta in the Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi refers to Lord Ganesha. Ekadanta means one tooth.
Some facts about Lord Ganesha
Lord Ganesha’s parents or creators were Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is one of the top three Hindu deities, along with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu, called Trimurti. Lord Kartikeya, the God of War, is Lord Ganesha’s brother. According to a prominent legend, it is believed that Lord Ganesha’s mother Goddess Parvati created him out of sandalwood (Chandan) paste and put life into it. Lord Ganesha is synonymous with prosperity, wisdom, good fortune, etc, and is the God of New Beginnings, success and regarded as the deity to remove obstacles in life. Many natives worship Lord Ganesha before the start of any important event, activity, such as a new job, new business, a new journey, travel, etc.
What are the Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi timings for the 22nd of May 2019?
Moonrise on the day of Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi:10:27 pm
Timing of Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi: Starts at
1:40 am on the 22nd of May, Wednesday
2:40 am on the 23rd of May, on Thursday
Why is Chaturthi Vrat observed?
The Vrat is observed in worship to Lord Ganesha and to seek his blessings in prosperity, wisdom, work auspiciousness, good fortune, etc. Lord Ganesha is the God to remove obstacles, and also for new beginnings. The fast, Vrat is broken only on the sighting of the moon. For the 22nd of May, Wednesday, the timings are as mentioned above.
How is Sankashti Chaturthi observed?
Devotees of Lord Ganesha observe this fast, Vrat on the occasions of Sankashti Chaturthi in every lunar month. Often natives wake up early in the morning. They bathe and clean their surrounding areas. Many offer fresh flowers and burn incense sticks near Lord Ganesha idols or pictures. There can be specific Puja, prayer for each of the Chaturthi, in the name of specific Lord Ganesha name. The main mega grand celebration event Ganesha Chaturthi in 2019 will fall around the 2nd of September. This event happens on the 4th day of Shukla Paksha, the rising moon phase.
A Mantra for Lord Ganesha is—
Om Gan Ganpataye Namah
ॐ गं गणपतये नमः
(Updated Date & Time :- 2019-05-20 14:35:22 )
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