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Shiva and Jalandhara, the story

Jalandhara was a demon that appeared from the Ocean. Shiva was responsible for the origin of Jalandhara. Story has it that once an egoistic Indra could not tolerate when Brahma announced that Supreme Truth is Shiva. Indra soon reached Kailash and got into an argument with Shiva. A haughty Indra lifted his weapon Vajra to strike Shiva. Immediately Shiva opened his third eye.

Brahma appeared to pacify Shiva as death of Indra will cause imbalance in the universe as he is leader of the demigods. Without a leader, demons will easily overpower the demigods.
Shiva then warned Indra that soon he will meet an enemy who will remove his pride.
Shiva then cast the fire that appeared from the third eye to the ocean. From the steam thus produced appeared Demon Jalandhara.
Jalandhara was so powerful that all the demons became his followers. He soon overpowered Indra. The king of demigods had no place to go, he became powerless and homeless.
Indra now regretted his action and approached Brahma.

Avighnakar Chaturthi

Avighnakar Chaturthi is dedicated to Ganesha and is observed on the Shukla Paksha Chaturthi in Phalgun month – fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalguna month. Avighnakar Chaturthi 2018 date is February 19, Monday.

It is highly auspicious when the day falls on Tuesday. Then there is Angarak Yog. Tuesday is the day dedicated to Ganesha.

The popular belief is that prayers offered on the day will help in removing all sorts of obstacles. The vrat offered on the day is highly meritorious. For vrat devotees wake up before sunrise and perform bath. Then they offer prayers to Ganesha. Only simple vegetarian food is eaten on the day. Food is also donated on the day to hungry or poor.
The Vrat ends with the sighting of the moon.