Ganesha Sankashta Chaturthi
Hindu Lunar month has two Tithis. The tithi followed by the full moon is known as Sankashti Chaturthi. While the one followed by New moon is known as Vinayak Chaturthi.
Although Sankashti Chaturthi fasting is done every month. The most significant Chaturthi falls in the month of Magha. According to Purnimant School and in the month of Paush according to Amavasyant School.
If it falls on Tuesday it is called Angarki Chaturthi and it is considered highly auspicious. Sankashti Chaturthi fast is mostly observed in Western and Southern India especially in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
Significance of Fasting on this day:
Sankashti Chaturthi, or Ganesha Sankashta Chaturthi, is dedicated to Hindu God Ganesha. Apart from fasting, special pujas are performed on the day. Sankashti Chaturthi March 2015 date is March 9, 2015. Moonrise time on March 9 is 9:39 PM. Although, it is observed for removing problems in life. It is observed on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Further, this day fasting is considered to be highly auspicious by the devotees.
Ganesha Sankashta Chaturthi:
Ganesha Sankashta Chaturthi fasting begins at sunrise and ends after evening puja or after the sighting of the moon. Ganesh Temples conduct special pujas on the day.
Popular belief is that observing Ganesha Sankashta Chaturthi will help in alleviating problems. It will also bring prosperity, happiness, and fulfillment of desires. Although, the holiness of Ganesha Sankashta Chaturthi Vrata was explained by Sri Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas. It is also found in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.Ganesha Sankashta Chaturthi 2015 | Fasting and Puja Vidhi | by Acharya Dharam Shastri