Monday, August 31, 2015

Angarak Ganesh Chaturthi

Angarak Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi
1st September 2015


Chaturthi is the fourth day of the Hindu lunar calendar and comes around twice in a month.Chaturthi is dedicated to Lord Ganesh. Ganesh devotees observe vrat or fast on Chaturthi day from dawn to dusk and break their fast only after sighting the moon. 

The Chaturthi that comes after Purnima or full moon night is called Sankashti Chaturthi. This is considered very auspicious for fasting and fulfilment of wishes or ‘manokamna’. The Chaturthi that comes after Amavas or new moon night is called Vinayaki Chaturthi.

On rare occasions in a year, the Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi happens to fall on a Tuesday. This day has a special name called ‘Angarak Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi ’. This is considered very potent and auspicious day for praying to Lord Ganesh. 

Mantra

वक्रतुण्ड   महाकाय   सूर्यकोटि   समप्रभ
Vakratunda Mahakaaya SuryaKoti Samaprabha
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Dev Sarva Karyesu Sarvada

Dear Lord Ganesh...The one with a curved Trunk and a large - huge body... The one who shines like a million radient sun... Please help me to always accomplish my work or task without any obstacles and complications...

Ganesh is the god who is ‘Shubh karta’, 'Dukh Harta' and ‘Mangalkari’ or one who makes anything auspicious. He is also ‘vighnharta’ or one who rids all obstacles. He grants knowledge, wisdom, wealth, and fortunes to his devotees.

Lord Ganesh is prayed to by offerings of Ladoo and Modak (Indian Sweets) and 'Durba' or green grass blades.