Sankashti Chaturti, also known as Ganesh Sankatahara Chaturthi, is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The date of Ganesh Sankashti Chaturti Vrata is December 14, 2011. It is observed on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar. The Chandrodaya Time (Moonrise Time) in Maharashtra is given at 09:30 PM.
Sankashti Chaturthi fasting is observed by millions of Ganesh devotees and it is considered to be highly auspicious and wish fulfilling upvaas.
Vrata on Ganesha Sankatahara Chaturti begins at sunrise and ends after evening puja or after sighting the moon. Lord Ganesha Temples conduct special pujas on the day.
It is widely believed that observing Sankashta Chaturthi will bring prosperity, happiness and fulfillment of desires.
The greatness of Sankashti Chaturthi Vrata was explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas. It is also detailed in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.
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