SANKAT CHAUTH – A STRICT FAST BY WOMEN FOLKS FOR THE WELLNESS OF THEIR OFFSPRING – TODAY
The woman folks are the epitome of tolerance
With reservoir of patience & plenty of perseverance
Face all the odds at home front and outside
With utmost courage and inner strength they possess
The women folks wish their children’s wellness
In their lives.
Women observe strictest fast for their prosperity
In the form of Sankat Chauth, 4th day filled with difficulty
Wherein they do not take even a morsel of solid food
Not even water to quench their thirst on this day
But her determination, so strong
They face any hurdle & wins in the long run
Finally her prayers
To Lord Ganesha and are answered
As He is the embodiment of benevolence
Along with traits of pain deliverance.
Along with Goddess Sakat
Comes to the succor
And graces the young ones
With bountiful blessings and grace
Of prosperity and happiness in the lives of the offspring with the grace of LORD GABESHA.
OBSERVATION OF FAST BY WOMEN FOLK ON THIS HOLYDAY FOR THE WELLNESSOF THEIR OFFSPRING
Observance of this Holy Day. Sankat Chauth is observed on Krishna Paksha Chauturthi during the month of Magh month of Hindu Calendar, prominently in Northern India.
Sankat means Problem and Chauth means forth day of the month.
This festival has other names too: it is also called as Til-Kuta Chauth, Vakratundi Chaurthi and Maghi Chautharathi in different parts of India.
METHOD OF OBSERVANCE &PURPOSE THEREOF
Women folks keep strict fast from early morning to the sighting of moon for the safety, security, prosperity and for their joyful existence to fulfill the purpose of our existence on this beautiful Mother Earth with all the graces of Nature. They do not take even water during the observance of fast. This indicates how much a mother could love their offspring and it is the duty of the offspring too to showcase their sense of responsibility to look after them in oldage while they need the support of their grown up children.
Sankat Chauth is dedicated to:
Maa Sakat (the temple of which is located at Village Sakat in Alwar (Rajasthan). Maa Sakat is the most benevolent and graces longevity, prosperity and happiness in the lives of those who worship her and observe this day strictly.
Lord Ganesha or Began Harta and Began Karta among other names
It may be starting any meditation or starting a business, Lord Ganesha is offered obeisance for seeking his blessings and He is so compassionate that He graces the true devout with all the bounties that is why along with Maa Sakat Lord Ganesha too is worshipped on this auspicious day.
LEGEND BEHIN OBSERVANCE OF THIS DAY
There is a legend when both Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya (Both the sons of Shivas and Goddess Parvati) were doing their best to provide safety to Devatas against the ferocious demons. Both wanted to showcase their love, respect for their revered parents. Lord Shiva wanted to test their intensity of respect for them. The challenge was thrown to Ganesha and Kartikeya; they were asked to perform one revolution around the Earth and whosoever performs the revolution around the earth would be considered as the winner. They were allowed to use their respective mode of transportation: Lord Ganesha his mouse (Chuha) and Lord Kartikeya mor (Peacock).
The race started. All the Gods and Demi-Gods witnessed the race with highest excitement because the winner was to be construed as having more reverence for their parents and also the saver.
While Lord Karrikeya on the back of peacock was fast enough and was away from the sight instantly whereas the mouse was very slow and covered very less distance.
Suddenly Lord Ganesha veered his vahan around and started taking a round around Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati while they were watching the race. He completed the revolution in a very short span of time and paid his respects to both Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati.
It took quite a bit of time for Lord Kartikeya to have a complete revolution around the earth.
After this, the winner was to be declared. Lord Ganesha had taken one revolution around his parents while Lord Kartikeya took revolution around the entire earth.
Lord Shiva asked the reason for his decision to take one revolution around them. Lord Ganesha being the mast of intellect and reasoning mentioned that he considered that all the universe lies in LORD SHIVA AND Goddess Parvati, therefore, according to him, taking one revolution around them is sufficient and more than equivalent to the revolution of Earth. All agreed on this and Lord Ganesha was declared as the winner.
This proves that whosoever worships with sincerity will be blessed by Lord Ganesha and other Devatas, therefore, on this day too LORD GANESHA is worshipped with immense reverence for getting his bounties and graces.
MAY LORD GANESHA AND MAA SAKAT’S GRACES REMAIN ON ALL OF US FOR PEACE, PROSPERITYAND HAPPINESS.