Sankashti Chaturthi in November 01 November, 2023 28 days to go
Chaturthi Tithi Timings*:

Chaturthi Tithi Start:
09:30 PM on Oct 31

Chaturthi Tithi End:
09:19 PM on Nov 01

Other important timings* on 01 November, 2023
Sunrise 06:35 AM
Sunset 05:45 PM
Moonrise 08:36 PM
Moonset 10:53 AM
*Timing in IST for Ujjain, India Change Location

Sankashti Chaturthi: Date, Time, Rituals, and Significance

Sankashti Chaturthi, also called Sankatahara Chaturthi, in south Indian states, is an auspicious festival for Hindus, celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha.

Next Sankashti Chaturthi is on Wednesday, November 01, 2023

Sankashti chaturthi Nov, 2023 tithi timing: October 31, 9:30 pm - November 01, 9:19 pm

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Sankashti Chaturthi is observed on the chaturthi tithi (fourth day) of the Krishna Paksha of every Hindu calendar month

It is observed during every Hindu Calendar month on the ‘chaturthi’ (fourth day) of the Krishna Paksha (the waning phase of moon). Furthermore, when Sankashti Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday, it is popular as Angarki Chaturthi and is considered to be the most auspicious of all the Sankashti Chaturthi days.

The celebrations of the festival are prevalent in both northern and southern states of India. In the state of Maharashtra, the festivities are even more elaborate and grandeur. The word ‘sankashti’ has a Sanskrit origin and it implies ‘deliverance during difficult times’ whereas ‘chaturthi’ means ‘fourth day or the day of Lord Ganesha’. Therefore, on this propitious day, devotees worship Lord Ganesha to help them overcome all the obstacles in life and come out victorious in every tough situation.

Rituals of Sankashti Chaturthi:

On the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, devotees get up early and dedicate the day worshipping Lord Ganesha. They observe a strict fast in the honour of their deity. Some people can also keep a partial fast. The observer of this fast can only devour fruits, vegetables and roots of plants. The staple Indian diet on this day comprises of peanuts, potatoes and sabudana khichadi.

Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat Image Source:

The Sankashti puja is done in the evening, after seeing the moon. The idol of Lord Ganesha is decorated with Durva grass and fresh flowers. A lamp is also lit during this time. Other usual puja rituals like lighting incense and reciting the Vedic mantras are also performed. After this the devotees read the ‘vrat katha’ specific to the month. The fast is broken only after worshiping Lord Ganesha in the evening and sighting of the moon.

Special ‘naivedya’ comprising of modaks and other favourite eatables of Lord Ganesha is prepared as offering. This is followed by an ‘aarti’ and later the prasad is distributed among all the devotees.

On the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, special puja rituals are also dedicated to Moon or Chandra God. This involves sprinkling water, chandan (sandalwood) paste, consecrated rice and flowers in the direction of moon.

On this day it is auspicious to recite the ‘Ganesha Ashtothra’, ‘Sankashtnashana sthothra’ and ‘Vakrathunda Mahakaya’ to name a few. In fact any other Vedic mantras dedicated to Lord Ganesha can be chanted.

Sankashti Chaturthi tithi timing November, 2023

Chaturthi Tithi TimingOctober 31, 09:30 PM - November 01, 09:19 PM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] See More

Sankashti Chaturthi Image Source: IANS

Lord Ganesha is worshiped as the God of prosperity, good fortune and freedom

Significance of Sankashti Chaturthi:

On the sacred day of Sankashti Chaturthi, there is a special significance in sighting the moon. The ardent devotees of Lord Ganesha believe that by praying to their deity with dedication, especially on the Angarki Chaturthi day, all their desires will be fulfilled and they will lead a prosperous life. Childless couples also observe the Sankashti Chaturthi vrat to be blessed with a progeny.

As Sankashti Chaturthi is observed every Lunar month, in each month God Ganesha is worshipped with different peeta (Lotus petals) and name. There are total of 13 vrats, with each vrat having a specific purpose and story, known as ‘vrat katha’. Therefore there are 13 ‘vrat katha’ in total, one for every month and the last katha is for ‘adika’ that is the one extra month that comes every four years in the Hindu calendar.

The details of Sankashti Ganapati puja for every month are given below:

Hindu Lunar Month Name of Lord Ganesha Name of peeta
Chaitra Masa Vikata Maha Ganapati Vinayaka Peeta
Vaishaka Masa Chanakra Raja Ekadanta Ganapati Srichakra Peeta
Jeshta Masa Krishna Pingala Maha Ganapati Sri Shakti Ganapati Peeta
Ashada Masa Gajaanana Ganapati Vishnu Peeta
Shravana Masa Heramba Maha Ganapati Ganapati Peeta
Bhadrapada Masa Vignaraja Maha Ganapati Vigneshwara Peeta
Ashweeja Masa Vakrathunda Maha Ganapati Bhuvaneshwari Peeta
Karthika Masa Ganadipa Maha Ganapati Shiva Peeta
Margashira Masa Akuratha Maha Ganapati Durga Peeta
Pushya Masa Lambodara Maha Ganapati Soura Peeta
Maga Masa Dwijapriya Maha Ganapati Samanya deva Peeta
Palguna Masa Balachandra Maha Ganapati Agama Peeta
Adika Masa Vibhuvana Palaka Maha Ganapati Doorva Bilva Patra Peeta

Sankashti Chaturthi Ganesh Image Source: IANS

The story of each of this vrat is unique for every month and is recited in that month alone. As per the Hindu scriptures, on this holy day Lord Shiva declared the supremacy of His son, Sankashti(another name for Lord Ganesha) over other Gods, except Vishnu, Lakshmi and Parvati.

From then onwards, Lord Sankashti is worshipped as the God of prosperity, good fortune and freedom. It is believed that on the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, Lord Ganesha, for all His devotees, bestows His presence of Earth. The significance of Sankashti Chaturthi vrat is mentioned in the ‘Bhavishaya Purana’ and ‘Narasimha Purana’ and was also explained by Lord Krishna himself, to Yudhishtira, who is the eldest of all Pandavas.

All Sankashti Chaturthi dates in 2023

January 10th
Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Jan 10, 12:10 PM - Jan 11, 2:31 PM
February 9th
Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Feb 09, 6:23 AM - Feb 10, 7:58 AM
March 11th
Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Mar 10, 9:42 PM - Mar 11, 10:06 PM
April 9th
Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Apr 09, 9:35 AM - Apr 10, 8:37 AM
May 8th
Chaturthi Tithi Timing : May 08, 6:19 PM - May 09, 4:08 PM
June 7th
Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Jun 07, 12:50 AM - Jun 07, 9:51 PM
July 6th
Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Jul 06, 6:30 AM - Jul 07, 3:13 AM
August 4th
Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Aug 04, 12:45 PM - Aug 05, 9:40 AM
September 2nd
Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Sep 02, 8:49 PM - Sep 03, 6:24 PM
October 2nd
Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Oct 02, 7:36 AM - Oct 03, 6:12 AM
November 1st
Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Oct 31, 9:30 PM - Nov 01, 9:19 PM
November 30th
Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Nov 30, 2:25 PM - Dec 01, 3:31 PM
December 30th
Chaturthi Tithi Timing : Dec 30, 9:44 AM - Dec 31, 11:56 AM