Sankashti Chaturthi 2019 Dates

Sankashti Chaturthi 2019 Dates


Sankashti Chaturthi or Sankatahara Chaturthi is the day dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Each Hindu calendar month has two Chaturthi Tithis. Chaturthi tithi after Purnima or full moon during Krishna Paksha is known as Sankashti Chaturthi and the one after Amavasya or new moon during Shukla Paksha is known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. On the day of Sankashti Chaturthi, prayers are offered to Sri Ganesha. Sankashti Chaturthi fasting is done every month but the most significant Sankashti Chaturthi falls in month of Magha and Paush. Sankashti Chaturthi coming on Tuesday is called Angarki Chaturthi and is regarded as highly auspicious. Sankashti Chaturthi fast is observed mostly in Western and Southern India especially in the states of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat

Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat is held for Lord Ganesha and devotees keep fast from sunrise to moonrise on the day of Sankashti Chaturthi. This fast is strict and only fruits and vegetable products need to be consumed. Sankashti Chaturthi food items or recipes could include Sabudana Khichadi, potato and peanuts. After sighting of the moon, one can break the fast.
Sankashti Chaturthi during Magha month is known as Sakat Chauth in North India. Vinayaka Chaturthi in Bhadrapada month is known as Ganesha Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha by Hindus all over the world. Sankashti Chaturthi by Tamil Hindus is also known as Ganesh Sankatahara or Sankatahara Chaturthi.


Sankashti Chaturthi Dates

These are the Sankashti Chaturthi dates 2019:

January 24, 2019, Thursday
Sakat Chauth / Lambodara Sankashti Chaturthi - सकट चौथ (लम्बोदर संकष्टी चतुर्थी)

February 22, 2019, Friday
Dwijapriya Sankashti Chaturthi (द्विजप्रिया संकष्टी चतुर्थी)

March 24, 2019, Sunday
Bhalachandra Sankashti Chaturthi (भालचंद्र संकष्टी चतुर्थी)

April 22, 2019, Monday
Vikata Sankashti Chaturthi (विकट संकष्टी चतुर्थी)

May 22, 2019, Wednesday
Ekadanta Sankashti Chaturthi (एकदंत संकष्टी चतुर्थी)

June 20, 2019, Thursday
Krishnapingala Sankashti Chaturthi (कृष्णपिंगला संकष्टी चतुर्थी)

July 20, 2019, Saturday
Gajanana Sankashti Chaturthi (गजानना संकष्टी चतुर्थी)

August 19, 2019, Monday
Bahula Chaturthi/Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi (हेराम्बा संकष्टी चतुर्थी (बहुला चतुर्थी))

September 17, 2019, Tuesday
Vighnaraja Sankashti Chaturthi (विघ्नराजा संकष्टी चतुर्थी)

October 17, 2019, Thursday
Vakratunda Sankashti Chaturthi /Karwa Chauth (वक्रतुंड संकष्टी चतुर्थी (करवा चौथ ))

November 15, 2019, Friday
Ganadhipa Sankashti Chaturthi (गणाधिप संकष्टी चतुर्थी)

December 15, 2019, Sunday
Akhuratha Sankashti Chaturthi (अखुराथा संकष्टी चतुर्थी)

Sankashti Chaturthi Significance

Lord Ganesha, the Pratham pujya god who is regarded as the supreme lord of prosperity, intelligence and fortune, symbolizes the remover of all obstacles. He is known by the names Vighnaharta (विघ्नहर्ता), Vighnavinashaka (विघ्नविनाशक) and Vigneshwara (विघ्नेश्वर)..Devotees pray to Lord Ganesha for all of their family members for health and prosperity. As Lord Ganesha is also known as ‘Vighnaharta’, meaning one who removes all the obstacles. Worshipping him can help in removing of all the hurdles of life. Thus it is believed that by observing Sankashti Chaturthi fast - one can get rid of all obstacles. "Sankashti" means ‘deliverance during difficult times’ and "Chaturthi" means ‘the fourth day or tithi dedicated to Lord Ganesha’. The significance of Sankashti Chaturthi vrat is mentioned in the ‘Bhavishaya Purana’ and ‘Narasimha Purana’ and was told by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of all Pandavas.


Sankashti Chaturthi Fast Date and Time

One must note that fasting day for Sankashti Chaturthi is different for two cities even if those cities are in India. It is to be understood that fasting for Sankashti Chaturthi depends on moonrise and it is observed on the day when there is moonrise while Chaturthi Tithi is prevailing. Thus Sankashti Chaturthi fasting might be observed on Tritiya Tithi i.e. one day before Chaturthi Tithi.