Vrat-Festivals | Vrat
As the name indicates, the Sankat-haaraa Ganesh Chaturthee is taken up to alleviate all kinds of problems.
Sankat Haaraa Ganesh
Stotra is a very powerful Stotra. This Stotra is chanted daily for three times
(at least once) to get rid of all the Sankat (problems). Haaraa means - killing
or removing. All the problems get destroyed by chanting this Stotra of Lord
Ganesh. Number is 3 very dear to Lord Ganesh. Hence, it is desirable to chant
this thrice if possible.
This Vrat, Sankat Chauth or Sankathaaraa Chaturthee Vrat is observed on every Krishn Chaturthee, and is performed for Ganesh Jee to alleviate all problems. You can perform this Vrat for one time or making a Sankalp to do for 3, 5, or 7 times. It is said that number 3 is dearer to Ganesh and hence 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 or 21 are usually preferred. However, we can take a vow to do whatever number of times i.e, Chaturthee we feel like doing.
In the evening, like you do for any Vrat, make a Mandap and place a photo of Lord Ganesh. In a small plate, separately, place another Ganesh made of Turmeric on a betel leaf. Decorate the photo of Lord Ganesh with available flowers. Light Diyaa (lamp) and Agarbattee (incense stick) and do the Panchopachaar Poojaa just like we do for Vinaayak Chaturthi - Dhyaan, Aavaahan, Aasan etc. Chant the Ganesh Ashtottar (you can do Sahasra Naam Poojaa also if you have time) breaking a coconut and offering plantains and Naivedya.
Offer Modak (rice flour cooked with a tsp of Bangaal Graam Daal and a tsp of ghee and Jeera each and then made into balls and steamed - there are variations in this preparation) as Naivdya. It is preferred to light Diyaa for Lord Vinaayak using Coconut oil. You can also offer some sweets etc again this is all depending on our capacity and ability. Main thing that is required is devotion and Shraddhaa. The next day, place the turmeric Ganesh in the Tulasee plant or any other flowering plant that is having green leaves. Just before the Moon rise, finish cooking and chant the Ashtottara, the Sankat Naashan Ganesh Stotra (either both or only the Sankat Naashan Ganesh Stotra whatever convenient) offer 2 coconuts, banana, flowers to the Lord, also offer some fragrance sticks, offer the Prasad prepared and then do Aaratee. Sing the song Jaya Ganesh, Jaya Ganesh, Jaya Ganesh Devaa... and ask for his blessings.
Regarding Moon rise - sometimes due to the clouds etc, the Moon may not be visible at the specified time. In that case after the Moon rise timings one may perform the Poojaa. o the proper procedure for observing this Vrat is to keep a fast throughout the day, do Poojaa to Lord Ganesh in the evening and break the fast after sighting the Moon.
Tak the vow to celebrate the Vrattam for 1 year continuously on all Sankat-haaraa Chathurthee, one can end the period by performing a "Vaanch Kalp Ganapati Hom" or "Mahaa Ganapati Hom" in the evening at the end of 1 year. By this performance, even difficult tasks can be accomplished in 1 year.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 06/09/11