Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi is an auspicious Hindu festival that is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is observed on the ‘Chaturthi’ (4th day) during the ‘Krishna Paksha’ (the dark fortnight of moon) of the Hindu month of ‘Shravana’ as per the Amavasyant calendar whereas Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated on the ‘Krishna Paksha Chaturthi’ of the ‘Bhadrapada’ month in the Purnimant calendar, followed in the north Indian states. In the Gregorian calendar, it falls in the month of August-September and is observed in the ‘Karkadika Masam’ of the Malayalam calendar. On the day of Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi, devotees worship Heramba Maha Ganpati with full devotion. It is one among the 13 Sankashti Chaturthi Vratams and it is believed that by observing the Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat all the problems in life will come to an end.

Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi 2017 was on August 11 Friday

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Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha

Rituals during Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi:

  • devotees Observe Strict Fasting On The Day Of Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi. The Vrat Begins From The Time Of Sunrise And Is Broken After Sighting The Moon And Offering Prayers To Lord Ganesha, In The Evening. Some People Even Observe Partial Fasting By Eating Fruits Or Sabudana Khichadi.
  • on The Day Of Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi Devotees Get Up At Sunrise And Take An Early Bath. After This Usual Prayers Are Offered To Lord Ganesha. The Main Puja Is Done In The Evening After Seeing The Moon. Devotees Also Worship Chandra Or The Moon God.
  • in The Evening The Idols Of Lord Ganesha Are Decorated With Durva Grass And Flowers. A Special Sweet Known As ‘modak’ Is Offered To The Lord Along With Banana And Coconut. A Lamp Is Lit And An ‘aarti’ Is Done In The End. Prasad Is Distributed After The Puja.
  • it Is Considered To Be Highly Auspicious To Recite ‘ganesha Ashtothara’ And ‘sankashtnashana Sthothra’ On The Occasion Of Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi. Chanting Mantras Dedicated To Lord Ganesha Is Also Very Rewarding On This Day.

Important Timings On Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi

Sunrise11-Aug-2017 06:05 AM
Sunset11-Aug-2017 18:58 PM
Chaturthi Tithi Begins 11-Aug-2017 00:33 AM
Chaturthi Tithi Ends11-Aug-2017 23:57 PM
Moonrise On Sankashti Day11-Aug-2017 21:34 PM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi:

Sankashti Chaturthi also called as ‘Sankata Hara Chaturthi’ is a significant day for Lord Ganesha followers. It is observed on the Chaturthi of the Krishna Paksha in every month if the Hindu calendar. Each month devotees worship different forms of Lord Ganesha with different Peetha. On Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi the main deity of worship is the ‘Heramba Maha Ganpati’. This is a very uncommon form of Lord Ganesha and is seen with five faces and ten hands. One hand depicts the boon giving posture; another one is shown in the blessings posture while the remaining eight hands hold a rudraksha, rope, goad, modak, apple, mala, axe and a tuck respectively. Heramba Ganpati is one of the 32 forms of Ganesha as stated in the Hindu mythology and is depicted riding a lion. There is no temple dedicated completely to worshipping Heramba Maha Ganpati but He is worshipped as a subsidiary deity in the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple, at Varanasi. It is believed that worshipping Heramba Maha Ganpati is ideal for those who require confidence for facing problems and hardships in life. Meditating about this unique form of Ganesha helps to remove all fear regarding the future.

Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Wednesday, 13th of August
2015Tuesday, 1st of September
2016Sunday, 21st of August
2017Friday, 11th of August
2018Thursday, 30th of August
2019Monday, 19th of August
2020Friday, 7th of August
2021Wednesday, 25th of August
2022Monday, 15th of August
2023Saturday, 2nd of September
2024Thursday, 22nd of August
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