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Sankatahara Chaturthi is also known as the Sankash-thi Chaturthi or Sankashthi. This auspicious day is dedicated to Lord Ganesh / Vinayagar , which comes every month on the fourth day following the full moon day / Purnima / Pournami.
‘Sankata’ stands for worries or problems. ‘Hara’ stands for elimination or removal. So observing Sankashta Chaturthi is believed to remove all obstacles and difficulties in one’s life. This vrata (fasting) is one of the widely performed fasting pujas in Indian household, mostly by women but not limited to them alone.
Why fast on Sankatahara Chaturthi ?
Fasting on Sankatahara Chaturthi is considered very auspicious and extremely beneficial. Usually it is recommended to take up this vratam for a period of One year and observe fasting on all the Sankatahara Chaturthi days and will end it by performing “Maha Ganapathi Homam” or “Vaancha Kalpa Ganapathy Homan”. By doing this, it is believed that all the difficult tasks will be accomplished and the obstacles will be removed from one’s life.
Sankatahara Chaturthi Fasting days in 2012:
Sankashti Chaturthi Thursday - 12 January 2012
Sankashti Chaturthi Saturday - 11 February 2012
Sankashti Chaturthi Sunday - 11 March 2012
Sankashti Chaturthi Monday- 9 April 2012
Sankashti Chaturthi Wednesday-9 May 2012
Sankashti Chaturthi Thursday - 7 June 2012
Sankashti Chaturthi Friday- 6 July 2012
Sankashti Chaturthi Sunday- 5 August 2012
Sankashti Chaturthi Tuesday- 4 September 2012
Sankashti Chaturthi Wednesday - 3 October 2012
Sankashti Chaturthi Friday- 2 November 2012
Sankashti Chaturthi Sunday - 2 December 2012
How to Observe fasting on Sankatahara Chaturthi days ? - Click here.
A practical guide for even beginners to observe this fasting.