Sankashti Chaturthi, or Ganesh Sankatahara Chaturti, is a monthly fasting dedicated to Hindu God Ganesh. Sankashti Chaturthi July 2014 date is July 15, Tuesday and the Chandrodaya or Moon rise time is 9:49 PM. Ganesha devotees observe Sankashta Chaturti day from sunrise till the sighting of the moon. The day falls on the fourth day during the waning phase of moon or Krishna Paksha in a Hindu lunar month. The day is known as Sankatahara Chaturthi in
South India. As the Sankashti Chaturthi falls on Tuesday, it is observed as Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi.
The importance and the holiness of Sankashta Chaturthi Vrata was explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas. It is also found in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.
Observing Ganesh Sankashta Chaturthi is said to bring wealth, peace, happiness and fulfillment of desires.
Fasting is observed by Ganesh devotees on the day. The fast begins at sunrise and ends after evening puja or after sighting of the moon. Lord Ganesha Temples conduct special pujas on the day.