Sankashti Chaturthi – History, Vrat, Puja Vidhi & Puja Dates

Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated in every month. During each month, Lord Ganesha is devoted with a different name in different areas. It is celebrated on every fourth day of the full moon according to the Hindu calendar. If Sankashti falls on Tuesday, then it is called ‘Angaraka Chaturthi’ and is considered highly auspicious for observing fast. On this sacred day, the devotees observes fast from morning to evening, with strict rules and can only break the rules after seeing the moon followed by praying God Ganesha. Praying and observing a fast on this day is believed to fulfill all the requirements and reduce problems in life. This puja is usually performed by a couple who observe fast to get blessed with the children for the welfare of the family.


Sankashti Chaturthi is also known as Sankata Hara Chaturthi. These festival dedicated to Lord Shiva. This festival is celebrated in every Hindu calendar month on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha.According to the Hindu scriptures, Angarak the son of mother earth and Bharadwaj rishi who was an accomplished rishi and a great devotee of Lord Ganesha. Angarak devoted Lord Ganesha and got his blessings on Tuesday (Magh Krishna Chaturthi), Lord Ganesha blessed him and asked him for a wish. Angarak conveyed that his only wish was to be related to Lord Ganesha’s name forever. The Lord granted his wish. From that day onward, Magh Krishna Chaturthi came to be known as Angarak Chaturthi.

On the day of Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi, the devotees follow strict fast from morning to evening. After seeing the Moon they break the fast at night by prayers and puja of Lord Ganesha. The Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi devotees believe their wishes would be fulfilled if they pray on this auspicious day. Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi means deliverance during problems as Lord Ganesha symbolizes the remover of all difficulties and supreme lord of intelligence.


On the blessed day of Sankashti Chaturthi, there is special importance of seeing the moon. The emotional devotees of Lord Ganesha believe that by praying to their god with dedication. Childless couples also who see the Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat be blessed with a child. As Sankashti Chaturthi is observed in every lunar month Lord Ganesha has a different name.

There are 13 total Vratas and names along with the lunar month. For every Vratas having a specific purpose and story.

Hindu Lunar Month

Name of Lord Ganesha

Chaitra Masa

Vikata Maha Ganapathi

Vaishaka Masa

Chanakra Raja Ekadanta Ganapati

Jeshta Masa

Krishna Pingala Maha Ganapati

Ashada Masa

Gajaanana Ganapati

Shravana Masa

Heramba Maha Ganapati

Bhadrapada Masa

Vignaraja Maha Ganapati

Ashweeja Masa

Vakrathunda Maha Ganapati

Karthika Masa

Ganadipa Maha Ganapati

Margashira Masa

Akuratha Maha Ganapati

Pushya Masa

Lambodara Maha Ganapati

Maga Masa

Dwijapriya Maha Ganapati

Palguna Masa

Balachandra Maha Ganapati

Adika Masa

Vibhuvana Palaka Maha Ganapati


About Sankatahara Ganapati Vrat & Puja Vidhi

In the morning after taking bath, offer prayers to Lord Ganesha. Lighting a lamp and do any prayers or Aarthi of Ganesha. Vratas are meant to purify and refresh our body and mind. Fasting is a basic and important part of the Vrat Kata. They determine to observe the Vrat and fast the whole day. This puja is normally conducted in the evening. The idol or photo frame of Ganapathi is decorated and Durva grass(dharba) and fresh flowers are offered. There is a specific Vrat Katha for a specific month which is read at the end of the puja. People who perform vrat must chant the Stotras and mantras dedicated to Ganeshji. After sighting the moon only break the fast. Who observe it with the right procedure and diligence. It can give more benefits, the giver as well as the removal of obstacles according to the situation.

Sankashti Chaturthi

Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi

Angaraki Chaturthi is an auspicious fasting day for Indian peoples that is observed on Sankatahara Chaturthi that falls on Tuesday. This puja is dedicated to Lord Vinayaka. It is also known as “Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi”. It is considered as a very auspicious among all the Sankashti Chaturthi days. Angarak means “ burned coal in red colour”. Indian people strongly believed that if they observe fast and worshiping Lord Ganesha on this day will help them to fulfill their dreams. If they do fast and worshiping will get blessings from Lord Ganapathi as well as Lord Mars, that persons will never face any problems and can live peaceful life.

Fasting Rules

On the day of Sankashti, devotees wake up early, take bath, and spend the whole day for worshiping Lord Vinayaka. Some people observe a strict fast in the honor of their deity. Some people also keep a partial fast, the observer of this fast can only eat fruits, vegetables, and roots of plants. The Sankashti puja is finished at the end of the day, after detecting the moon and stars in the evening. The idol or photo frames of Ganesha are decorated with Durva grass(dharba) and fresh flowers. A lamp also lighted, after lighting the lamp read the Vrat Katha of specific month. Break the fast after worshiping Lord Ganeshji in the evening and sighting the moon. Offer a special Naivedya to the God Ganesha which is his favorite food like laddu, vegetables, fruits. After finishing puja or Aarthi distribute Prasad to the people. On this special day better to read Ganesha Ashtothra or Vakrathunda Mahakaya it will give special blessings from the Lord.

1.Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha

Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvada

2.Om Shreem Gam Saubhagya Ganapataye

Varvarda Sarvajanma Mein Varshamanya Namah

These are the main slokas of Lord Ganesha.

Vrat Recipes

vrat recipes

On Sankashti Chaturthi devotees prepare many Vrat recipes they are,

* Paal Payasam

* Rice Kheer

* Vada stuffed with coconut and groundnut chutney

* Yellow banana wafers

* Laddu

* Sweet potato Halwa


Sankashti Chaturthi 2023 Dates

Date Chaturthi      Day  Begin  End Hindu Month/ Paksha
10-01-2023 Sakat Chauth Tuesday 12:09 PM on Jan 10, 2023 02:31 PM on Jan 11, 2023 Magha / Krishna Paksha, Tritiya
09-02-2023 Dwijapriya Sankashti Thursday 06:23 AM on Feb 09, 2023 07:58 AM on Feb 10, 2023 Phalguna / Krishna Chaturthi
11-03-2023 Bhalachandra Sankashti Saturday Begins – 09:42 PM, Mar 10 Ends – 10:05 PM, Mar 11 Chaitra / Krishna Chaturthi
09-04-2023 Vikata Sankashti Sunday 09:35 AM, Apr 09 08:37 AM, Apr 10 Vaishakha, Krishna Chaturthi
08-05-2023 Ekadanta Sankashti Monday 06:18 PM, May 08 04:08 PM, May 09 Jyeshtha, Krishna Chaturthi
07-06-2023 Krishnapingala Sankashti Wednesday 12:50 AM, Jun 07 09:50 PM, Jun 07 Ashadha, Krishna Chaturthi
06-07-2023 Gajanana Sankashti Thursday 06:30 AM, Jul 06 03:12 AM, Jul 07 Shravana, Krishna Chaturthi
04-08-2023 Vibhuvana Sankashti Friday 12:45 PM, Aug 04 09:39 AM, Aug 05 Shravana, Krishna Chaturthi
03-09-2023 Bol Choth Sunday 08:49 PM on Sep 02, 2023 06:24 PM on Sep 03, 2023 Bhadrapada, Krishna Chaturthi
03-09-2023 Heramba Sankashti Sunday 08:49 PM on Sep 02, 2023 06:24 PM on Sep 03, 2023 Bhadrapada, Krishna Chaturthi
02-10-2023 Vighnaraja Sankashti Monday 07:36 AM, Oct 02 06:11 AM, Oct 03 Ashwina, Krishna Chaturthi
01-11-2023 Karwa Chauth Wednesday 09:30 PM on Oct 31, 2023 09:19 PM on Nov 01, 2023 Kartika, Krishna Chaturthi
01-11-2023 Vakratunda Sankashti Wednesday 09:30 PM on Oct 31, 2023 09:19 PM on Nov 01, 2023 Kartika, Krishna Chaturthi
30-11-2023 Ganadhipa Sankashti Thursday 02:24 PM, Nov 30 03:31 PM, Dec 01 Margashirsha, Krishna Chaturthi
30-12-2023 Akhuratha Sankashti Saturday 09:43 AM, Dec 30 09:43 AM, Dec 30 08:36 PM
Pausha, Krishna Chaturthi

Sankashti Chaturthi 2022 Dates

         Date                 Day                     Begin                              End                         Hindu Month/ Paksha                                    Chaturthi                         
21-01-2022 Friday 08:51 AM, Jan 21 09:14 AM, Jan 22 Magha, Krishna Chaturthi Sakat Chauth
Lambodara Sankashti Chaturthi
20-02-2022 Sunday 09:56 PM, Feb 19 09:05 PM, Feb 20 Phalguna, Krishna Chaturthi Dwijapriya Sankashti Chaturthi
21-03-2022 Monday 08:20 AM, Mar 21 06:24 AM, Mar 22 Chaitra, Krishna Chaturthi Bhalachandra Sankashti Chaturthi
19-04-2022 Tuesday 04:38 PM, Apr 19 01:52 PM, Apr 20 Vaishakha, Krishna Chaturthi Vikata Sankashti Chaturthi
19-05-2022 Thursday 11:36 PM, May 18 08:23 PM, May 19 Jyeshtha, Krishna Chaturthi Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi
17-06-2022 Friday 06:10 AM, Jun 17 02:59 AM, Jun 18 Ashadha, Krishna Chaturthi Krishnapingala Sankashti Chaturthi
16-07-2022 Saturday 01:27 PM, Jul 16 10:49 AM, Jul 17 Shravana, Krishna Chaturthi Gajanana Sankashti Chaturthi
15-08-2022 Monday 10:35 PM, Aug 14 09:01 PM, Aug 15 Bhadrapada, Krishna Chaturthi Bahula Chaturthi
Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi
13-09-2022 Tuesday 10:37 AM, Sep 13 10:25 AM, Sep 14 Ashwina, Krishna Chaturthi Vighnaraja Sankashti Chaturthi
13-10-2022 Thursday 01:59 AM, Oct 13 01:59 AM, Oct 13 Kartika, Krishna Chaturthi Karwa Chauth
Vakratunda Sankashti Chaturthi
12-11-2022 Saturday 08:17 PM, Nov 11 10:25 PM, Nov 12 Margashirsha, Krishna Chaturthi Ganadhipa Sankashti Chaturthi
11-12-2022 Sunday 04:14 PM, Dec 11 06:48 PM, Dec 12 Pausha, Krishna Chaturthi Akhuratha Sankashti Chaturthi

Sankashti Chaturthi 2021 Dates

Date Sankashti Chaturthi Month Timings
January 02, 2021,  Saturday Akhuratha Sankashti Chaturthi Pausha Begins – 09:09 AM Jan 02,   Ends – 08:22 AM, Jan 03
January 31, 2021,  Sunday Lambodara Sankashti Chaturthi Magha Begins – 08:24 PM Jan 31,  Ends – 06:24 PM, Feb 01
March 02, 2021, Tuesday Dwijapriya Sankashti Chaturthi Phalguna Begins – 05:46 AM Mar 02,  Ends -02:59 AM, Mar 03
March 31, 2021, Wednesday Bhalachandra Sankashti Chaturthi Chaitra Begins – 02:06 PM Mar 31,  Ends – 10:59 AM, Apr 01
April 30, 2021, Friday Vikata Sankashti Chaturthi Vaishakha Begins -10:09 PM Apr 29,  Ends – 07:09 PM, Apr 30
May 29, 2021, Saturday Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi Jyeshtha Begins -06:33 AM May 29,  Ends -04:03 AM , May 30
June 27, 2021, Sunday Krishnapingala Sankashti Chaturthi Ashadha Begins -03:54 PM Jun 27,  Ends -02:16 PM , Jun 28
July 27, 2021, Tuesday Gajanana Sankashti Chaturthi Shravana Begins -02:54 AM Jul 27,   Ends – 02:28 AM, Jul 28
August 25, 2021, Wednesday Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi Bhadrapada Begins – 04:18 PM Aug 25,  Ends – 05:13 PM, Aug 26
September 24, 2021, Friday Vighnaraja Sankashti Chaturthi Ashwina Begins – 08:29 AM Sep 24,  Ends – 10:36 AM, Sep 25
October 24, 2021, Sunday Vakratunda Sankashti Chaturthi Kartika Begins – 03:01 AM Oct 24,   Ends – 05:43 AM, Oct 25
November 23, 2021, Wednesday Ganadhipa Sankashti Chaturthi Margashirsha Begins – 10:26 PM Nov 22,  Ends – 12:55 AM, Nov 24
December 3, 2021, Thursday Akhuratha Sankashti Chaturthi Pausha Begins – 04:52 PM Dec 22,  Ends – 06:27 PM, Dec 23

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