Important days in a Week and Month dedicated to Lord Ganesha



Each day in a week is dedicated to a particular deity in the Hindu pantheon. People visit the temples or offer pujas or undertake a fasting to the deity on the particular day. In a week, Tuesdays and Fridays are dedicated to Lord Ganesh. Ganesha is the god of auspiciousness, intellect and remover of obstacles and every auspicious beginning is undertaken after offering prayers to Vinayaka.

Tuesdays and Fridays are considered auspicious to Ganesha throughout the Hindu world. People observe vratas on the day or visit Ganesha Shrine or make special offerings. Unmarried girls in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu, offer special prayers and observe a Vrata on all Tuesdays in a year to get married to a good home and to get good husbands.

In some places in India, Ganesha is worshipped before sunrise on Fridays. It is believed to bring special benefits.

Sankatahara Chaturthi or Sankashti Chaturthi is an important and auspicious day dedicated Lord Ganesha in a Hindu month. It falls on the fourth day after full moon. Some devotees observe a fast on the day from morning till the sighting of the moon. Special pujas are performed in all Ganesha Temples on the day.

Another important day is the Chaturthi which falls after the new moon day in the Hindu month. This is known as Vinayaki Chaturthi.

The greatest and most popular Chaturthi festival is the Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi occurring in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada (August – September) and Aavani month in Tamil Nadu. A 12-day grand celebration is held in Maharashtra during the period.