Shakat Chauth (Ganesha Chaturthi)
Shakat Chouth on 22nd, 2011Shakat chouth Vrat is celebrating on the forth day of Magh Krishna Paksha. This year Shakat chouth Vrat is on 22nd January, 2011.
How do we celebrate Shakat chouth Vrat? On this day Lord Ganesh and Moon is worshiped. This day devotees are fasting full day. This day people who are fasting should wake up early in the morning and after bathing wear new cloths. Clean up the place of worship in the evening after the appearance of Moon. The Moon should be worshiped with Navaidya (rice grains) and Arghya (offering) by milk (libation in honor of a deity). After that sesame seed, Sugar cane, Guavas, Jiggery, and Ghee offered to the Lord Ganesha. These offerings should be kept at the same place for all over the night with covering up by a shield and next day morning it should be shared into brothers and relatives. By doing this, Lord Ganesha pleased the devotees and gives you cerebral power, body strength, Good-fortune, child and wealth.
Story of Shakat Chouth Once up on a time Lord Shiva was sitting with his sons Kartikeya and Ganesha, Lord Shiva asked them that who is more brave between two of you? At the same time some devta's have come to Shiva and said to him that we are in trouble please help us. Lord Shiva asked to Kartikaiya and Ganeshs that Gods are in trouble, who will help them? Then Kartikaiya said I am General of Devata so I can help them but first you have to announce that I am most powerful God in all over Bramhalok. After hearing this, Lord Shiva asked to Ganesha that what did he wants? Then Lord Ganesha replied, if you order me to do the sane I'll help them without being the General. On this reaction from Lord Ganesha's Lord Shiva said to both of them that the stronger between two of them will take the orbit of the earth and will come back here first.
Hearing his fatherís verdict, Kartkaiya immediately walked on the way to earth and very soon he returns near to Shiva by orbiting the earth. But after returning, he saw Ganesha sitting close to Shiva. He asked his father that he is still sitting here and I've returned back by orbiting the earth. Kartikaiya begin to laugh at his brother then Ganesha said to him that I have done three times orbiting the earth, because mother- father are also like a earth and they are all pilgrims for me; so I did three rounds of my parents so that I think I have done three rounds of the earth too. Hearing this conversation all the people were surprised including Lord Shiva and he was very glad with Ganesha; he said to him (Ganesha) now you go and help all the Gods. By getting permission from his father he immediately helped Gods by his brainpower and father's encouragement. Seeing all the work of Ganesha Shiva said to him that today I am very happy with you, so I am giving you my Moon and this moon will always brighten on your head like a crown. Today is the day of Chauth and on this day all your prayers will be answered and this day will be called as Ganesha Chouth or Shakat Chauth.
So, who so ever worshipe the Lord Ganesha and giving Arghya to the Moon on this day, will be free from all the grieves and will get to heaven with all the contentment.