Sankatahara Chaturthi | சங்கடஹர சதுர்த்தி
It is special auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Most devotees follows fasting and dedicate to lord vinayaga on this “Sangatahara Chaturthi” day . Worshipping on this “Sangatahara Chaturthi” is more beneficial. “Sangadam” means “trouble” in tamil language and “hara” means ” remove” , So it is a day for removing troubles in our life through fasting . It falls on every month, fourth day of full moon.
History of “Sankatahara Chaturthi”:
In Kailayam Lord Vinayaka happily plays with his brother and friends. Lord Vinayaka possess elephant face and human body and fatty stomach. While playing and enjoying he looks un graceful to “lord chandrabhagavan”. At the time lord chandra bhagavan teased and commented about lord Vinayaka’s appearance. Lord Ganesa getting angry for chandra bhagavan comments and he wish to teach lesson for all who judge people by appearance. So Lord Vinayaka cursed him and remove his glitterence.
Lord chandrabhagavan much worried and wants to get him glitterence back and search way for that. Unfortunately he can’t find way to remove Lord Ganesa’s curse. Finally he realized , only lord ganesha possess power to remove him curse, later he prayed towards ganesha and get back his glitterence on this chathurthi day. So every month we performed “sankatahara Chaturthi” on this day. It is a auspicious day because of lord chandrabhagavan gets blessing from lord Vinayaka. If we keep fasting in this day we can get blessing from both god’s, lord Vinayaka and chandrabhagavan.
How to keep fasting on Sankatahara Chaturthi?
We need to start this Sankatahara Chaturthi Viratham in Tamil month of “Aavani” during vinayagar Chaturthi . We have to keep this fasting for 11 weeks in every month of “Sankatahara chaturthi” day. If Sankatahara chaturthi falls on tuesday it is called “Maha Sankatahara Chaturthi”. It is most special auspicious day to performed “chaturthi viratham”.
Fasting Method of Sankatahara Chaturthi:
During this “Sankatahara Chaturthi” day , take a bath in early morning and visit nearest Vinayaka temple and offer some Arugampul (bermuda grass) and do sit-ups in front of Lord Ganesha.
After you can start your fasting process , If suppose you have any medical discomfort , you can eat fruits and juices and avoid food items. In this Sankatahara Chaturthi viratham ,you should give up your arrogance and selfishness and all bad attitudes in front of lord ganesha and pray to wards him. For more benefits you can give soaked rice with banana and jaggery mix to komatha(Holy Cow). Then evening time visit temple and do abishegam and pooja to lord Vinayaka and offer him favorite foods like sundal, kolukattai, Pongal and repeat him slogam. Definitely he will fulfill all your desires and remove all your troubles in your life.
Benefits Of Sankatahara Chaturthi:
- Generally women’s who wish to have baby will keep this fasting to overcome fertility related issues.
- During Sankatahara Chaturthi viratham we can get blessing from lord Vinayaka as well as lord chandra bhagavan.
- In this Sankatahara Chaturthi Viratham Lord Vinayaka satisfy all our wishes and gives enough wealth, wisdom to live our life.
Sankatahara Chaturthi Viratham :
Slogams for Worshipping Lord Ganesha:
“Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadhi Sevitam Kapitta Jamboophaala Saara Bhakshitam Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha Kaaranam Namaami Vighneswara Paada Pankajam”
“கஜானனம் பூத கணாதி ஸேவிதம் கபித்த ஜம்பூ பலசார பக்ஷிதம் உமாஸுதம் சோக விநாச காரணம் நமாமி விக்னேஸ்வர பாத பங்கஜம்““Ainthu Karathanai yaanai muganthanai Inthin elampirai polum eyiranai Nandhi magandranai Gnana kolunthinai Punthiyil vaithu adi poirukirene”
“ஐந்து கரத்தனை யானை முகத்தனை இந்தின் இளம்பிறை போலும் எயிற்றனை நந்தி மகன்தனை ஞானக் கொழுத்தினைப் புந்தியில் வைத்து அடி போற்றுகின்றேனே“
Favourite Foods of Lord Vinayaka:
- Medu vada
Famous Temples in South India for Lord Ganesha:
1.Pillayarpatti Karpaga Vinayagar Temple , Sivagangai
2. Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Pondicherry
3. Rockfort Ucchi Pillayar Temple, Trichy
4. Sasivekalu & kadale Kalu Ganesha Temple, Hampi , Karnatka