Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Angarika Chaturthi: Be Blessed By Lord Ganesha

Angarika chaturthi in 2013 is celebrated on Tuesday, October 22. This Angarika Chaturthi is the second of two Sankashti chaturthi that fall on Tuesday in 2013. The first one was on May 28, 2013. If a sankashti falls on a Tuesday then it is called Angarika Chaturthi. This festival is observed to please the elephant god Ganesha. Read on to know more… 

Lord Ganesha

There are two chaturthi dates in every hindu month. Sankashti chaturthi falls in the Krishna paksha and anagarika chaturthi falls in the Shukla Paksha. 

Click here to know the Sankashti Chaturthi dates for 2013 - Sankashti Chaturthi Dates

Angarika Chaturthi or Sankashti Chaturthi is an auspicious fast observed to appease the God of wisdom and knowledge, Lord Ganesha. The vrat or fast start with the sunrise and ends only after sighting the moon in the evening. The main diet for the day would be fruits, roots and vegetables. Some take it extreme and go without any food and observe the fast with just water consumption. Food prepared on this day would be sabudana khichdi, sweet potato dish and peanuts. This is a widely followed and important ritual in Maharashtra. 

It is said that any important work or a new venture should begin on an auspicious day and time. On this auspicious occasion of Sankashti chaturthi, get the blessing and opinion of Lord Ganesh itself directly. 

Click here to speak with Lord ganesh - Ask Lord Ganesha 

All you have to do is, just pray to Lord Ganesha and click randomly anywhere on the picture and get the answer of your question.

Significance Of The Moon

Moon plays a very important role on Chaturthi days. The fast observed on this day is ended only after sighting and offering bhog (prasad) to the Moon. Such is the importance of Moon on this day. A special puja is performed to the Moon with Lord Ganesh idol. The main items for the puja are Durva leaves, hibiscus flowers, coconut, banana and sweets. The following mantra is recited while performing the Puja.

Mantra : वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सुर्यकोटि समप्रभ
             निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा 

Anagarika Chaturthi is a day to end all your worries and break the obstacles and walk ahead with the blessing of Lord Ganesh. Special pujas and rituals will be arranged in Ganesh temples which will see devotees lined up to receive his holiness blessings.

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