Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Indian Festival - Sankat Chauth

When is it celebrated?
In the Hindu lunar month. It falls during the fading stage of the moon i.e. 4th day after Purnima. (usually in January every year)

Why is it celebrated?
Sankat chauth is devoted to Lord Vinayaka (Ganesha). It is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha

How is it celebrated?
Devotees pray to Lord Ganesha on this day. They also visit temples of Lord Ganesha. Devotees listen Sankat chauth Katha on this day. Devotees observe vratha / fasting on this day - until they see the Moon - Especially by mothers for the welfare of their children. It is believed that having Sankat Chauth fast brings material growth, prosperity & pleasure

References
http://hindupad.com/vratas-pujas/sakat-chauth-festival-magh-ganesh-utsav/
http://www.ganpatinews.com/2010/01/03/sankat-chauth-katha-celebration-2010-72076

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