Sathurthi Viratham, also known as Vinayagar Sathurthi, is dedicated to Hindu God Ganesha. Sathurthi Viratham date in February 2011 is February 21. It is observed on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon as per traditional Hindu calendar. Fasting is dedicated to Vinayagar (Ganesha). This fasting is popularly known as Sankashti in western parts of
India and Sankatahara Chaturthi in South India.
Sathurthi Viratham is observed by millions of Vinayagar devotees and it is considered to be highly auspicious and wish fulfilling upvaas.
Sathurthi Viratham begins at sunrise and ends after evening puja or after sighting the moon. Ganesha Temples conduct special pujas on the day.
It is widely believed that observing Vinayagar Sathurthi will bring prosperity, happiness and fulfillment of desires.
The greatness of Sathurthi Viratham was explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas. It is also detailed in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.