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What is Sankashta Chaturthi?

Do you know why we celebrate Sankashta Chaturthi? Read more facts about Sankashta Chaturthi!

The Sankashta Chaturthi comes on the fourth day of second fortnight of every Marathi month and Hindu calender. The Lord Ganesha is worshiped on this day. The devotees keep fast for  the whole day, worship Lord Ganesha in the evening at the time of the Moon-rise and then break the fast by consumption of food. There is a very interesting story related to the ritual of Sankashta Chaturthi.
 
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Once Lord Ganesha while riding on Mouse (Mushaka), skidded in a hurry which amused the Moon and laughed at Lord Ganesha. The irritated Ganesha cursed the moon that no one would see him, and if anyone sighting the Moon, would be charged with theft. The Moon, sensing the debacle surrendered to Lord Ganesha and prayed for the mercy. The Lord Ganesha toned down the effect of the curse to once in a year and said no one should view moon on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi (Bhadrapad Shukla Chaturthi as per Hindu Panchang).

The moon requested Lord Ganesha to suggest some remedy, if someone mistakenly sights him on Ganesh Chaturthi, the Lord Ganesha advised to follow Sankashta Chaturthi Wrata (Hindu ritual). The wrata is to be carried out with full religious fervor. The devotee is to bathe with black seasame water, early morning, worship Lord Ganesha through out the day and end the fast in the evening, as per the Moon time. The simple and quick fruit-bearing ritual must be followed by one and all.