According to the Hindu calendar, Sankashti Chaturthi  is celebrated on the fourth day of the waning Moon or what is also called Krishna Paksha. This day is celebrated every lunar month and is known to be an auspicious day for Lord Ganesha. If it so happens that this day falls on a Tuesday, it is regarded to be the most important of the Sankashti Chaturthi days and is called Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi. Here we bring you the Sankashti Chaturthi 2022 dates for your easy reference.

Sankashti Chaturthi vrat is widely observed in the North and South of the country and by devotees of Lord Ganesha around the world. Sankashti – the word itself means freedom from obstacles. Chaturthi is the day of Lord Ganesha, and it is therefore believed to be an apt day to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha. Praying to the lord helps devotees overcome obstacles and enables them to succeed in every situation.

Power of Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha is one of the most recognised icons globally. He is the lord to pray to if you want your journey to go smoothly and stress-free. Devotees believe Lord Ganesha does this by blessing his devotees with the wisdom to find a solution to every problem as well as by being the energy that pushes them forward in their fight against problems. Being an embodiment of virtue, Lord Ganesha is also known to bestow health, happiness, and wealth on his devotees.

On the Sankashti Chaturthi day, Lord Ganesha grants wishes. To invoke his goodwill, devotees world over observe a fast and offer rituals. Lord Ganesha is a popular lord among women devotees as well. They see in him a force they trust and pray that he protects their families from ugly shocks in life.

Sankashti Chaturthi every month

Sankashti Chaturthi lays heavy impetus on the sighting of the Moon and is observed every Lunar month. During this day every month, Lord Ganesha is worshipped with different peetas (Lotus petals) and names. There are a total of 13 vrats or fasts with a specific story and a specific purpose. Twelve vrats are for the 12 months in a year, and the last one is for adika, which is the extra month that occurs every four years in a Hindu calendar.

Every vrat and every story is unique to the specific month and recited only during that period. This day is considered to be highly auspicious since it is the day Lord Shiva declared that his son Lord Ganesha was to be the most superior among all gods, apart from Parvati, Lakshmi, and Vishnu. It was from this point that Lord Ganesha or Sankashti began being worshipped as the lord of prosperity, good fortune, and freedom. Sankashti Chaturthi’s significance and Sankashti Chaturthi ki Kahani has been mentioned in many ancient manuscripts, notably the Bhavishaya Purana and Narasimha Purana, while it was also explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira in the Mahabharata.

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Rituals during Sankashti Chaturthi 2022

  • Sankat Chaturthi vrat vidhi is to be done in the evening. The sighting of the Moon in the evening is an important ritual in this.
  • An idol of Lord Ganesha is decorated with Durva grass and flowers. Vedic mantras suited to the occasion are recited while doing so.
  • After this, the devotees read and comprehend the spiritual context of the vrat katha specific to that particular month.
  • Once that is done, the fast is broken after looking at the Moon and worshipping Lord Ganesha. The devotees consume food that is traditionally considered to be Lord Ganesha’s favourites. They include modaks and other sweets.
  • Since Sankashti Chaturthi is also a day dedicated to the Moon, it involves sprinkling water, sandalwood paste, and consecrated rice in the direction of the Moon. It is also auspicious to recite the mantra:

Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Suurya-Kotti Samaprabha I

Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa II

  • In addition, devotees also chant the Ganesha Ashtotram and Sankashtnashana stothra.

Sankashti Chaturthi 2022 fasting procedure

Sankashti Chaturthi fasting procedure is observed for the well-being of the entire family. The fast is usually observed from the morning and broken in the evening once prayers to Lord Ganesh are finished, and various offerings are made to the Moon. It is advised that individuals keeping the fast refrain from regular food. Instead, there is a list of items that can be consumed during this time. Sabudana khichdi, fruits, peanuts, potatoes, and unsalted chips are all permitted.

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Sankashti Chaturthi dates in 2022

Here are the Sankashti Chaturthi 2022 dates.

January 21 Friday Chaturthi Tithi Timing: Jan 21, 8:52 AM – Jan 22, 9:14 AM 
February 20 Sunday   Chaturthi Tithi Timing: Feb 19, 9:56 PM – Feb 20, 9:05 PM
March 21 Monday Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Mar 21, 8:20 AM – Mar 22, 6:24 AM
April 19 Tuesday Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Apr 19, 4:38 PM – Apr 20, 01:52 AM
May 19 Thursday Chaturthi Tithi Timing : May 18, 11:36 PM – May 19, 08:23 PM
June 17 Friday Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Jun 17, 6:10 AM – Jun18, 02:59 AM
July 16 Saturday Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Jul 16, 01:27 PM – Jul 17, 10:49 AM
August 15 Monday Chaturthi Tithi Timing: Aug 14, 10:35 PM – Aug 15, 09:01 PM
September 13 Tuesday Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Sep 13, 10:37 AM – Sep 14, 10:25 AM
October 13 Thursday Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Oct 13, 01:59 AM – Oct 14, 03:08 AM
November 11 Friday Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Nov 11, 08:17 PM – Nov 12  10:25 PM
December 11 Sunday Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Dec 11, 04:14 PM – Dec 12, 06:48 PM

Difference between Sankashti Chaturthi and Vinayaka Chaturthi

A lunar month is two fortnights long. These fortnights are divided into a dark half and a bright half. The dark half is called the Krishna Paksha, whereas the brighter half is called Shukla Paksha. The Chaturthi that falls in the Krishna Paksha is called Sankashti Chaturthi, and the Chaturthi that falls in the bright half or Shukla Paksha is called Vinayaka Chaturthi.

Even the fasting during these two Chaturthi is done for different purposes. The Sankashti Chaturthi vrat is observed for deliverance from tough times, whereas the Vinayaka Chaturthi fast is merely a salutation to Lord Ganesha.

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