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Ganesha Chaturthi is very dear to Shree Ganesha. Chaturthi means fourth stage. Ganapathi is beyond three stages of human body i.e. awakened stage, dreaming stage and a middle stage between these two stages. When Ganesha is in his fourth stage, one can have his Darshana. Hence Chaturthi has special importance and devotees observe this by fasting and offering Poojas to the Lord.

Sankashta Chaturthi (Sankashti) : This vow is done by devotees on fourth day of second fortnight of every month. On this day devotees fast for whole day & break their fast after having darshan of Lord moon and worshipping Lord Ganesha. This vow is observed strictly by devotees to get rid of problems in their life. On this day in the evening, after having bath , worship Lord Ganesha by decorating him with kumkum, flowers and Durvas, offer Naivedya and perform Aarti while chanting mantras and shlokas. Then have a darshana of Lord moon, offer him Naivedya and break your fast by eating the Prasada. Follow this vow and get the blessings of Lord Ganesha.

Vinayaka Chaturthi : Fourth day in the first fortnight of every month is called as Vinayaka Chaturthi. This vow is to be observed for full day.

Angaraka Chaturthi : If Sankashta Chaturthi comes on Tuesday, it is called Angaraka. The vow is completed on the same day. Devotees have their meal in the night after having darshana of Lord moon.
Chaturthi dates for the year 2011
Month and Day Vinayaka Chaturthi Sankashta Chaturthi
January 8th Saturday 22nd Saturday
February 7th Monday 21st Monday
March 9th Wednesday 22nd Tuesday (Angaraka)
April 7th Thursday 21st Thursday
May 7th Saturday 20th Friday
June 5th Sunday 19th Sunday
July 5th Tuesday 18th Monday
August 3rd Wednesday 17th Wednesday
September 1st Thursday (Ganesha Chathurthi) 16th Friday
October 1st Saturday , 30th Sunday 15th Saturday
November 28th Monday 14th Monday
December 28th Wednesday 14th Wednesday
Note- Please consult your local priests, temple or calendar for exact details. Dates and Days indicated may vary depending upon the calendar you follow.
Let us pray that Lord Ganesha bestow His blessings on us
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