February 14, 2017, Tuesday is Angarika Sankatahara Chaturthi.
Sankatahara Chaturthi falls on the fourth day after Full Moon day in the lunar calendar. Angarika Sankatahara Chaturthi is the one that falls on Tuesday and is considered as very auspicious for the devotion to Lord Ganesha. Those who pray and fast on this day will be rid of all the obstacles in life from this day and will seek from Ganesha whatever they want through prayer and fasting.
As usual, this Sankatahara Chaturthi has to be observed with fasting from the sunrise to the moonrise. Those who observe partial fasting can take fruits. After sighting the moon, they have to do puja at home to Lord Ganesha and break their fast. Whatever they wish from the Lord will be attained by them.
In Ganesha Purana, Upasana Khanda, there is a legend regarding the origin of the name ‘Angarika’ for this Chaturthi. Mother Earth took care of the son of Bharadwaj rishi for seven years and got him back to the father. The rishi brought up the child, teaching him Vedas, mantras and all other aspects of Dharma. He taught him Ganapathy mantra and the son wanted to go to the forest and pray to Lord Ganesha. Due to his hard and fast penance, he was blessed with the divine presence of the Lord and was advised to seek any boon from Him.
The excited son of Bharadwaj rishi felt blessed and sought the boon of taking ambrosia with the gods in heaven and also the day on which he got the blessings of the God should be blissful to anyone who prays to Ganesha and fasts on the Chaturthi falling in the Krishna paksha of Maga month. Pleased Ganesha granted the boon and also said that that day would be named after the son as ‘Angarika’ (the son is the son of earth and red in colour. so, he was named Angarak by Ganesha).
Angarika Chaturthi falls twice in a year and those who fast on this day get their wishes fulfilled with the divine grace of Lord Ganesha.
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