Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha. It is observed on the chaturthi of the Krishna Paksha of every Hindu calendar month.
On this day, devotees worship Lord Ganesha to help them overcome all the obstacles in life.
Sankashti Chaturthi January 2022 Date: January 21, Friday.
Tithi timing: January 21, 8:52 am – January 22, 9:14 am.
Moonrise Time on Sankashti Day: 09:13 PM (Bengaluru, Karnataka), 09:27 PM (Mumbai, Maharashtra), 09:25 PM (Ahmedabad, Gujarat), 09:07 PM (Jaipur, Rajasthan), 08:46 PM (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh).
Rituals: On the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, devotees wake up early in the morning and take bath. They dedicate the day towards worshipping Lord Ganesha.
The devotees observe a strict fast while some keep a partial fast too.
The observer of this fast can consume fruits, vegetables and roots of plants.
The staple diet on this day comprises of peanuts, potatoes and sabudana khichdi.
The Sankashti puja is done in the evening, after seeing the moon. During the puja, the idol of Lord Ganesha is decorated with flowers. A lamp is also lit in front of the idol.
The devotees then read the ‘vrat katha’ specific to the month.
The fast is broken after worshipping Lord Ganesha and seeing the moon in the evening.
Naivedya comprising modaks and other favourite eatables of Lord Ganesha is prepared as offering on this occasion.
It is auspicious to recite the ‘Ganesha Ashtottara’, ‘Sankashtnashana sthothra’ and ‘Vakratunda Mahakaya’ on this day.
Significance: It is believed that devotees get a prosperous life by worshipping Lord Ganesha on this day.
Childless couples also observe the Sankashti Chaturthi vrat to be blessed with children.