Akhuratha Sankashti Chaturthi 2023: Remove Obstacles & Bring Prosperity

Every month on Krishna Paksha Chaturthi, devotees conduct a fast for Lord Ganesha. This fast, known as Sankashti or Sankat Hara Chaturthi Vrat, is particularly important for Lord Ganesha devotees. The Sankashti Vrat that happens in the month of Margashirsha is called Akhurtha Sankashti Chaturthi. This fast is observed by people in order to get success and fortune in life. Devotees believe that by observing this fast, all pains and sufferings will be eliminated and peace can be achieved. Durga Peeth and Akhurath Maha Ganapati are worshipped on this day.

Akhuratha Sankashti Chaturthi Muhurat in 2023

Akhurath Sankashti Chaturthi Starts on December 30, 2023, Saturday
Moonrise on Sankashti day at 09:10 pm
Chaturthi Tithi starts on 09:43, 30 December 2023
Chaturthi Tithi Ends 11:55, 31 December 2023

What to do in Akhuratha Sankashti Chaturthi Puja?

On the day of Akhurath Sankashti Chaturthi, take a bath in the morning and wear clean clothes. Worship Lord Ganesha with mantra chanting in the morning and in the evening. To worship Lord Ganpati, first of all, anoint him with clean water. After the evening Ganesh Puja, offer Arghya to the moon. Then, offer flowers and Durva to Lord Ganesha. Read the story of Lord Ganesha and narrate it to others as well. End the worship by performing aarti.

What to eat During Akhurath Sankashti Chaturthi Fasting?

On this day, many people follow the Nirjala fast, which entails fasting without food or water. If you are not able to do Nirjala Vrat, you can eat fruits during the day and Sabudana Khichdi after giving Arghya to the moon at night. It is advisable not to have oily food on this day. The stomach has to be kept empty for the body to repair or heal and be able to receive divine energy.

Popular Lord Ganesha Mantra

  • The Beej Mantra of Ganpatiji is ‘Gam‘. You can simply chant this Beej Mantra and generate beneficial reverberations in your life. It is said to remove unnecessary obstacles from your life. You may chant this 108 times.
  • Chanting the mantra, Om Gana Ganapataye Namah. It is said that it fulfills all the wishes.
  • Chanting the mantra – Gam Kshipra Prasadaya Namah, believed to give wisdom & knowledge in order to overcome difficulties in life.
  • You can also chant the mantra of Uchchisht Ganapati, Hasti Pishachi Likhe Swaha for transformation by breaking free from the past sufferings.

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Lord Ganesha Daily Chanting Mantras and Significance

Every sound has specific reverberation or frequency. Ancient Vedas revealed significant scientific methods of bringing changes through the chanting of specific sounds. Although the ancient texts have intelligently made arrangements of sounds in the form of meaningful words, the meanings are only for psychological satisfaction. The mere utterance of certain sounds is enough to transform the very basis of our creation.

Mantras are very important to adjust, change, create or destroy certain energy patterns in us. They help to bring clarity and give strength to deal with life situations. Similarly, every god in Hindu Mythology is basically a symbolic representation of essential qualities that we can develop in ourselves. Below are some of the mantras to reverberate Lord Ganesha’s pure energy or consciousness. These can be chanted daily to benefit immensely.

"Om Gam Namah"Removes laziness, despair, discord, and obstacles from life.
"Shri Gam Saubhaya Ganpatiye Var Varad Sarvajanam Me Vashmaanaya Swaha"Brings happiness and prosperity in life.
"Om Vakratundak dantray Kleem hreem Shreem Gam Ganapate Var Varad Sarvajanam Me Vasmaanaya Swaha"For good employment opportunities.
"Om Gam Ganapataye Namah Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha, Nirvighnam Kuru Mein Dev Sarvakaryeshu Sarvadaa Om Ekadantaya Vidmahe, Vakratundaaya Dheemahi, Tanno Danti Prachodayat"To remove problems in marriage.

Akhuratha Sankashti Chaturthi Story

‘Katha’, meaning ‘a story’, is an essential part of any festivals, yajnas, pujas and fasts in Hindu culture. It is through the stories that people were educated about the appropriate conduct and transformations in life. Katha is a very effective and creative way of bringing realisations into everyone’s life. Even children would enjoy listening to Kathas.

According to one of the legends associated with Sankashti Chaturthi, once Lord Shiva and Parvati decided to play Chausar. Since there was no one to supervise the game, Lord Shiva created a little boy with occult powers and asked him to act as a supervisor. The boy agreed and Shiva-Parvati started playing the game. Goddess Parvati won the game three times in a row, but the boy declared Lord Shiva the winner every time. Enraged by the boy’s favour, Mother Parvati gave him a curse saying that he would be stuck in a swamp. Soon after receiving the curse, the child pleaded for mercy and at the same time apologised, saying that he did that in ignorance.

Mother Parvati’s heart changed after the boy’s apology. She told him that he can break the curse with the help of Vish-Kanyas and by observing Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi fast for 21 days. As instructed by Mother Parvati, the little boy observed the fast and became successful in pleasing Lord Ganesha, who freed him from the curse.

Significance of this Fast

Before we start any puja or any important work, Lord Ganesha is invoked. This means one has to create Ganesha Consciousness in themselves which is shifting from Tamo-guna to Sattva-guna. The idols of Lord Ganesha in this puja are basically consecrated with mantras and offerings. This creates certain reverberations within the devotees and the environment.

The purpose behind offerings like water, fruits, nuts, flowers and more is to express our gratitude to Lord Ganesha for providing us with these essentials. He has given us water, so we offer water. He has given fruits to eat, so we offer fruits to him and so on. The point to remember is whatever we offer has to be of Sattvik nature. Mere offering him is not only the intention but also to incorporate such Sattvik-guna in our own lives that fulfill the real purpose of this auspicious day.
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Observing Fast with Devotion

Merely performing puja as a routine is of no effect. One needs devotion in his or her heart to get the real benefit. It is the gratefulness towards Lord Ganesha for his blessings that drives a devotee on the path of prosperity. One who observes fast on Akhuratha Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi gets the blessings of Lord Ganesha and the necessary wisdom to conduct life effortlessly.

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