Sankat Chatuth is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha in a traditional Hindu lunar month. Sankat Chauth June 2010 date is June 30. This popular monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesha falls during the waning phase of the moon – fourth day after Purnima or full moon. Vinayaka devotees observe a fast (fasting or upvaas) on this day from sunrise and ends after sighting the moon. The moonrise time on June 30, 2010 is 10:02 PM.
Ganesh Sankat Chauth is of great importance in Marathi culture. The day is observed as Sankatahara Chaturthi in Tamil Culture.
Fasting on Sankat Chauth begins at sunrise and ends after moonrise – sighting of moon in the evening. Devotees offer special pujas and worship at Ganesha Temples.
There is a popular belief that observing Sankat Chauth will bring material progress, prosperity and happiness and it will also help in the fulfillment of desires.
The importance of Sankat Chauth Vrata was narrated by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest among the Pandavas. The importance of it is also narrated in the in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.