Sankashti Info & Legend
fortnight of the Hindu Calendar Month.This is a special day with the significance to the Moon.The fast is ended by eating the 'Prasada' food, only after witnessing the moon-rise.
This is not a vowed religious observance like others performed throughout the day and night. It is an observance composed of five prahars (one prahar is a period of about three hours).So, four prahars during the day and one at night.The worship from the sunrise, is routine like on Tuesday, but about 1 hour before the moon rise the temple is closed for the devotees and Shodashopchar Pooja is performed on Shri. Siddhivinayak with the Abhishek of Milk and Rose Water,which continues while the recitation of Vedic Mantras and Prayers is done by the priests.
A Naivedya of Steamed Modaks and other eatables is then offered to Shri. Siddhivinayak by chanting the Aarti and Mantra Pushpanjali. After doing this the temple is again opened for the devotees and Shejaarti is performed.At moonrise, Lord Som - The Moon God is applied sandalwood paste (Gandha), flowers, consecrated rice and sweets.After performing all the said rituals,the prasada food is swallowed and the fast is ended.
Lord Ganesh is the presiding deity of Mars just as He is of the earth.
On the day of Angaraki, Lord Ganesh's frequencies reach the earth
in greater quantities and so does the His frequencies from the planet Mangal.
Consequently most of the frequencies coming from the moon are destroyed on
this day. So if one is not able to fast on every Sankashti and observes the
fast only on this day. The merits are said to be equivalent.
1) Moon Blessed
Lord Ganesh was once returning home from a feast at Lord Kuber's home when he slipped off and fell down.The stomach full of meal got burst out.On Seeing this, the Moon laughed loudly. Angry Ganesha cursed the Moon,that whoever sees the moon on Chaturthi day, they would be accused of theft.Since then the Moon started loosing his popularity.
The Moon regretted his mistake and started worshipping to please the Lord and finally was successful to get an apology from Ganesha.The already granted curse could not be reversed,but Lord Ganesh blessed the Moon by saying that, 'On Sankashti Chaturthi, no devotee will consume the meals until your face is seen and prayers are offered to you".
Once God Indra was flying a plane above the kingdom of king Shursen. One sinner saw Indra's plane and with his ill- look the plane landed down.Kng Shursen was pleased to see God Indra and saluted him. Indra told him about the sinner's ill-look and the plane's landing.
Indra said,that today is Paush-Panchami and yesterday was the Chaturthi.If anyone fasted yesterday and gives his virtue to me then my plane will start. Soldiers searched the city but unfortunately they found no one. At the same time some soldiers saw Ganesh-Doot (a soldier of Ganesha) taking away a woman who died recently.When soldiers asked ,he told them that yesterday whole day that woman was asleep and did not eat anything. After moon-rise she woke up and ate some food.Without her knowledge Sankashti-Chaturthi was observed by her and she died today.
A person who does Sankashti-Chaturthi goes to Ganesh-loka. Soldiers requested Ganesh-Doot to give that woman to them to help Indra. But he refused to do so.The wind which flown from the dead woman's body went till God Indra's plane and it started. It means that the wind which touched that virtuous body also become virtuous.The person who observes Sankashti-Chaturthi (fasting till the moonrise and then eat food) will collect lot of virtues.That person goes to Ganesh-lok after the death.
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