Sankashti Chaturthi, or Ganesha Sankashta Chaturti, is dedicated to Hindu God Ganesha. Apart from fasting, special pujas are performed on the day. Sankashti Chaturti August 2014 date is August 13 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya time is 9:04 PM. Sankata Nivarani Chaturti, which is observed for removing problems in life, is observed on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Sankashti Chaturthi fasting is considered to be highly auspicious by Lord Ganesha devotees.
Sankata Nivarani Chaturti fasting begins at sunrise and ends after evening puja or after the sighting of the moon. Ganesh Temples conduct special pujas on the day.
Popular belief is that observing Sankashta Chaturthi will help in alleviating problems and it will bring prosperity, happiness and fulfillment of desires. The holiness of Sankashti Chaturthi Vrata was explained by Sri Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas.
It is found in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.
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