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Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated in every month. During each month, Lord Ganesha is devoted with a different name in different areas. It is celebrated on every fourth day of the full moon according to the Hindu calendar. If Sankashti falls on Tuesday, then it is called ‘Angaraka Chaturthi’ and is considered highly auspicious for observing fast. On this sacred day, the devotees observes fast from morning to evening, with strict rules and can only break the rules after seeing the moon followed by praying God Ganesha. Praying and observing a fast on this day is believed to fulfill all the requirements and reduce problems in life. This puja is usually performed by a couple who observe fast to get blessed with the children for the welfare of the family.


Sankashti Chaturthi is also known as Sankata Hara Chaturthi. These festival dedicated to Lord Shiva. This festival is celebrated in every Hindu calendar month on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha.According to the Hindu scriptures, Angarak the son of mother earth and Bharadwaj rishi who was an accomplished rishi and a great devotee of Lord Ganesha. Angarak devoted Lord Ganesha and got his blessings on Tuesday (Magh Krishna Chaturthi), Lord Ganesha blessed him and asked him for a wish. Angarak conveyed that his only wish was to be related to Lord Ganesha’s name forever. The Lord granted his wish. From that day onward, Magh Krishna Chaturthi came to be known as Angarak Chaturthi.

On the day of Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi, the devotees follow strict fast from morning to evening. After seeing the Moon they break the fast at night by prayers and puja of Lord Ganesha. The Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi devotees believe their wishes would be fulfilled if they pray on this auspicious day. Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi means deliverance during problems as Lord Ganesha symbolizes the remover of all difficulties and supreme lord of intelligence.


On the blessed day of Sankashti Chaturthi, there is special importance of seeing the moon. The emotional devotees of Lord Ganesha believe that by praying to their god with dedication. Childless couples also who see the Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat be blessed with a child. As Sankashti Chaturthi is observed in every lunar month Lord Ganesha has a different name.

There are 13 total Vratas and names along with the lunar month. For every Vratas having a specific purpose and story.

Hindu Lunar Month

Name of Lord Ganesha

Chaitra Masa

Vikata Maha Ganapathi

Vaishaka Masa

Chanakra Raja Ekadanta Ganapati

Jeshta Masa

Krishna Pingala Maha Ganapati

Ashada Masa

Gajaanana Ganapati

Shravana Masa

Heramba Maha Ganapati

Bhadrapada Masa

Vignaraja Maha Ganapati

Ashweeja Masa

Vakrathunda Maha Ganapati

Karthika Masa

Ganadipa Maha Ganapati

Margashira Masa

Akuratha Maha Ganapati

Pushya Masa

Lambodara Maha Ganapati

Maga Masa

Dwijapriya Maha Ganapati

Palguna Masa

Balachandra Maha Ganapati

Adika Masa

Vibhuvana Palaka Maha Ganapati


About Sankatahara Ganapati Vrat & Puja Vidhi

In the morning after taking bath, offer prayers to Lord Ganesha. Lighting a lamp and do any prayers or Aarthi of Ganesha. Vratas are meant to purify and refresh our body and mind. Fasting is a basic and important part of the Vrat Kata. They determine to observe the Vrat and fast the whole day. This puja is normally conducted in the evening. The idol or photo frame of Ganapathi is decorated and Durva grass(dharba) and fresh flowers are offered. There is a specific Vrat Katha for a specific month which is read at the end of the puja. People who perform vrat must chant the Stotras and mantras dedicated to Ganeshji. After sighting the moon only break the fast. Who observe it with the right procedure and diligence. It can give more benefits, the giver as well as the removal of obstacles according to the situation.  

Sankashti Chaturthi

Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi

Angaraki Chaturthi is an auspicious fasting day for Indian peoples that is observed on Sankatahara Chaturthi that falls on Tuesday. This puja is dedicated to Lord Vinayaka. It is also known as “Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi”. It is considered as a very auspicious among all the Sankashti Chaturthi days. Angarak means “ burned coal in red colour”. Indian people strongly believed that if they observe fast and worshiping Lord Ganesha on this day will help them to fulfill their dreams. If they do fast and worshiping will get blessings from Lord Ganapathi as well as Lord Mars, that persons will never face any problems and can live peaceful life.

Fasting Rules

On the day of Sankashti, devotees wake up early, take bath, and spend the whole day for worshiping Lord Vinayaka. Some people observe a strict fast in the honor of their deity. Some people also keep a partial fast, the observer of this fast can only eat fruits, vegetables, and roots of plants. The Sankashti puja is finished at the end of the day, after detecting the moon and stars in the evening. The idol or photo frames of Ganesha are decorated with Durva grass(dharba) and fresh flowers. A lamp also lighted, after lighting the lamp read the Vrat Katha of specific month. Break the fast after worshiping Lord Ganeshji in the evening and sighting the moon. Offer a special Naivedya to the God Ganesha which is his favorite food like laddu, vegetables, fruits. After finishing puja or Aarthi distribute Prasad to the people. On this special day better to read Ganesha Ashtothra or Vakrathunda Mahakaya it will give special blessings from the Lord.

1.Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha

Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvada

2.Om Shreem Gam Saubhagya Ganapataye

Varvarda Sarvajanma Mein Varshamanya Namah

These are the main slokas of Lord Ganesha.

Vrat Recipes

vrat recipes

On Sankashti Chaturthi devotees prepare many Vrat recipes they are,

 * Paal Payasam

 * Rice Kheer

 * Vada stuffed with coconut and groundnut chutney

 * Yellow banana wafers

 * Laddu  

 * Sweet potato Halwa

Sankashti Chaturthi 2020 Dates

Date Sankashti Chaturthi Month Timings
January 13, 2020, Monday Lambodara Sankashti Chaturthi Magha Begins - 05:32 PM Jan 13,   Ends - 02:49 PM, Jan 14
February 12, 2020, Wednesday Dwijapriya Sankashti Chaturthi Phalguna Begins - 02:52 AM Feb 12,  Ends - 11:39 PM, Feb 12
March 12, 2020, Thursday Bhalachandra Sankashti Chaturthi Chaitra Begins - 11:58 AM Mar 12,  Ends - 08:50 AM, Mar 13
April 11, 2020, Saturday Vikata Sankashti Chaturthi Vaishakha Begins - 09:31 PM Apr 10,  Ends - 07:01 PM, Apr 11
May 10, 2020, Sunday Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi Jyeshtha Begins - 08:04 AM May 10,  Ends - 06:35 AM, May 11
June 8, 2020, Monday Krishnapingala Sankashti Chaturthi Ashadha Begins - 07:56 PM Jun 08,  Ends - 07:38 PM, Jun 09
July 8, 2020, Wednesday Gajanana Sankashti Chaturthi Shravana Begins - 09:18 AM Jul 08,   Ends - 10:11 AM, Jul 09
August 7, 2020, Friday Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi Bhadrapada Begins - 12:14 AM Aug 07,  Ends - 02:06 AM, Aug 08
September 5, 2020, Saturday Vighnaraja Sankashti Chaturthi Ashwina Begins - 04:38 PM Sep 05,  Ends - 07:06 PM, Sep 06
October 5, 2020, Monday Vibhuvana Sankashti Chaturthi Kartika Begins - 10:02 AM Oct 05,   Ends - 12:31 PM, Oct 06
November 4, 2020, Wednesday Vakratunda Sankashti Chaturthi Kartika Begins - 03:24 AM Nov 04,  Ends - 05:14 AM, Nov 05
December 3, 2020, Thursday Ganadhipa Sankashti Chaturthi Margashirsha Begins - 07:26 PM Dec 03,  Ends - 08:03 PM, Dec 04

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    23/09/2020 6:41:22 PM

    Benefits of sankasti chaturthi vrata?

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    11/05/2020 8:52:06 PM

    Your blog really helped me a lot, I performed Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi yesterday which has given me so much pleasant and peace.

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    Swapna Yalamanchili
    14/02/2020 6:17:29 PM

    I want to do puja on March 12, 2020 What r the charges

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      Satish Sastri
      30/03/2020 8:38:11 AM

      Only on the day of Sankashti Chaturthi puja should be done.

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    12/02/2020 8:59:18 AM

    Vratam can be performed in the evening? or else should start in the morning?

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      Satish Sastri
      30/03/2020 8:35:45 AM

      Sankashti Chaturthi vrat has to done from the morning and puja has to be done in the evening.

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    10/12/2019 11:18:22 AM

    How many Sankashti chaturthi has to perform in the year to remove obstacles in life?

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      Satish Sastri
      30/12/2019 8:19:25 AM

      In every month one Sankashti Chaturthi is performed, so that 21 Sankashti Chaturthi has to be performed to remove obstacles in life