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Sankashti Chaturthi October 2017 date – Sankat Nivaran Chaturthi in October 2017 - Monthly Fasting Dedicated to Ganesha

Sankashti Chaturti, or Sankashta Chaturthi Vrata, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha in a traditional Hindu month. Sankashti Chaturti October 2017 date is October 8 (Sunday). Moonrise time on October 8 is 8:33 PM. Ganesh Sankashta Chaturthi Vrata is of great importance in Marathi culture. It is known as Pillayar Sankatanashana Chaturthi in Tamil Nadu.

Sankat Chaturthi falls during the waning phase of the moon – fourth day after the full moon. Vinayaka devotees observe a fast (fasting or upvaas) on this day from sunrise and ends after sighting the moon.

The importance of Sankata Chaturthi Vrata was narrated by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest among the Pandavas. The importance of it is also narrated in the in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.

Fasting on Sankata Chaturthi begins at sunrise and ends after moonrise – sighting of the moon in the evening. Devotees offer special pujas and worship at Ganesha Temples.

There is a popular belief that observing Sankashta Chaturthi will bring material progress, prosperity, and happiness and it will also help in the fulfillment of desires.