Difference between Ganesha, Sankashti & Vinayaka Chaturthi
Lord Ganesha / Gajanan – Remover of all obstacles:
Lord Ganesha or Gajanan is denoted as the remover of all obstacles. He is prayed prior to all and anything auspicious. Praying to him will bring prosperity, happiness and peaceful mind. Also revered because of his wisdom and intellect. He is the youngest child of Lord Mahadev Shiva, and Goddess Parvati. And he is the Lord of Since, Arts and Wisdom. Because of a boon he right fully earned made him the Lord to be prayed first.
What is Ganesh Chaturthi?
In the honour of the birth of Lord Ganesha, this is celebrated. The day of celebration falls on the on the fourth day of the first fortnight of the Shukla Paksh of the lunar calendar. The festivities last for ten day, ending on the 14th day. It is a festival that is celebrated by individuals and public alike. This is celebrated, after the Amavasya or new moon in Shukla Paksha. It comes once a year for 10 days. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi.
The festivities Include:
Bringing of Clay statute of Lord Ganesha in homes or in Pandals. The Idol is brought in by covering it in red clothes and placing it in the temple at your home or in Panda. Priest then chants the Ganesha Mantra. And at the same time offer flowers, Ladoo and Charnamrit to the God and later distribute it to the devotee. It is believed that he resides in house to remove all obstacles and bring in prosperity.
On the last day of the festival, Ganesh ji, is held back facing the devotees and front facing the home or place of worship. It is believed that his mere glance can remove all evils and obstacles in live. His devotees sing and dance while submerging him in a water body. And they pray, for his speedy return the next year. The devotees Chant “Ganpati Bappa Moriya, Mangal Murti Moriya, Agle varsh tu Laukar aa”.
Ganesh Sthapana Puja Method:
The puja is believed to be done during the Madhayana. As lord is believed to be born at the madhayana or the mid day. It is performed, with all the rituals and is worshipped with 16 rituals, along with Puranic mantra chanting. This is called Shodashopachara puja. Along with lighting of lamp and sankalap are done before starting the puja. These two are at the core of Shodashopachara puja.
States that celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi:
This festival is mainly celebrated in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Goa Andhra Pradesh etc. Maharashtra is best known for Ganesh/Vinayaka Chaturthi Celebration. As the people gather around small and big Pandals, with fun frivolity.
Significances of Ganesh Chaturthi:
- It brings in success, prosperity
- Further, it also enhances Wisdom and Intellect.
- The Ganesh Chaturthi puja happiness and peaceful mind.
- It is said that he removes all sorts of fears and evils. At the same time he removes ignorance and enhances knowledge, brings in light of intellect and truth.
What is Vinayaka Chaturthi?
Vinayaka Chaturthi is also known as the Ganesh Chaturthi. It is believed to fall after the Amavasya or New Moon Night. Here the Vinayaka avtar is revered because he is said to remove the darkness of ignorance and bring in new light of Wisdom. Like Ganesh Chaturthi this also falls on the Lunisor calendar, in Shukla Paksha, in the Hindu month of Bhadrapad, ending on Anant chaturdashi. It is normally performed for over all wellbeing.
The Method included:
The fasting is the main method to celebrate this festival. It depends from state to state, and the time of sun rise and sun set. And it is normally observed when the Chaturthi tithi falls on the mid day.
Benefits of the Vinayaka puja:
- It full fills all the desires of the seekers.
- Fills one’s mind with spirituality and peace.
- It removes all fears from mind and life.
Sankashti means calamity or troubles. And to remove all the troubles and calamity this festival is celebrated. This is celebrated after Purnmasi or Full moon, in Krishna Paksha. It is celebrated every month. But the most important Sankashti Chaturthi falls, on the Maagh month. It is considered very auspicious if it falls on a Tuesday, and hence called as Angarki Chaturthi. In Tamil Nadu, it is celebrated with a lot fervour it is called as the Sankashti Hara.
It is a day fast and at the evening the fast is only ended after seeing the moon. Although, Strict fast observed only by eating fruits, roots & vegetables. The staple Indian Vrat or fast diet includes Sabudana Khichadi with Peanuts and potato.
In total of 14 fasts are kept, and at the last fast the Adika Katha is recited. But this recitation happen once in 4 years.
Also, In Northern India it is also called the Sakat Chauth. And is commonly celebrated during this festival.
Benefits of Sankashti Chaturthi Puja are:
- Children gets the blessings.
- The main aim of the puja is to get rid of all impending hurdles in life.
- This puja enables to get rid of all obstacles in marriage.
- It blesses with True wisdom and Knowledge.