Sankashti Chaturthi Vrata in October 2008

Sankashti Chaturthi Vrata is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha in a Hindu month. It falls during the waning phase of the moon – fourth day after the full moon. Ganesh devotees observe a fast (fasting – upvaas) on this day. The day is of great importance in Maharashtra. The date of Sankashti Chaturthi Vrata is October 17, 2008.

The greatness of Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat was explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas. It is also detailed in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.

Fasting on Sankashti Chaturthi begins at sunrise and ends after evening puja or after sighting the moon. Ganesh Temples conduct special pujas on the day.

It is widely believed by Ganesha devotees that observing Sankashti Chaturthi will bring material progress, happiness and fulfillment of desires.