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IMPORTANCE OF CHATURTHI Lord Vishnu’s Ekadashi, Lord Shivshankar’s Shivratri, like this Shri Ganesha’s Chaturthi is observed by his devotees. This Chaturthi is very dear to Shri Ganesh. Ganapati Atharvashirsha describes this Chaturthi as ‘Chaturthyamanshnan Japati’. Chaturthi means fourth stage. Ganapati is beyond three stages of human body i.e. awakened stage, dreaming stage & a middle stage between these two stages. When Ganesh is in his Turia Means fourth stage, one can have his darshan. As Such Chaturthi has special importance.
SANKASHTI CHATURTHI : This vow is done by devotees on fourth day of sencond fortnight of every month. On this day devotees fast for whole day & break their fast after having darshan of Lord moon & worshipping Lord Ganesha. This vow is observed strictly by devotees to get rid of problems in there life. On this day in the evening after having bath first, worship Lord Ganesh, offer 21 Durvas, do Aarti, show Naivedyam & pray for fulfilling your desires. Then have Lord moon’s darshan, offer his Naivedyam, give meal to Brahman & break your fast. In this way if vow is observed all your desires are fulfilled.
VINAYAKAI CHATURTHI : Fourth day in the first fortnight of every month is called as Vinayaki Chaturthi. This vow is to be observed for full day.
ANGARAKI CHATURTHI : If Sankashti Chaturthi comes on Tuesday, it is call Angaraki. The vow is completed on the same day. Devotees have their meal in the night after having darshan of lord moon.

Chaturthi's falling in Year 2000

Vinayaki Chaturthi January Monday 10th Jan
Sankasti Chaturthi Monday 24th Jan (Moon Rise:9.45p.m)
Febuary Wednesday 9th Feb (Ganesh Jayanti)
Tuesday 22nd Feb (Moon Rise:9.20p.m) Angarki Chaturthi
March Thursday 9th March
Thursday 23rd March (Moon Rise:9.45p.m)
April Saturday 8th April
Saturday 22nd April (Moon Rise:10.10p.m)
May Sunday 7th May
Sunday 21st May (Moon Rise:9.44p.m)
June Monday 5th June
Tuesday 20th June (Moon Rise:10.00p.m) Angarki Chaturthi
July Tuesday 4th July (Angarki Chaturthi)
Thursday 20th July (Moon Rise:10.02p.m)
August Thursday 3rd August Friday 18th Oct (Moon Rise:9.19p.m)
September Friday 1st Sept (Ganesh Jayanti) Sunday 17th Sept (Moon Rise:9.17p.m)
October Sunday 1st Oct Monday 16th Oct (Moon Rise:8.46p.m)
November Wednesday 29th Nov Tuesday 14th Nov (Moon Rise:8.26p.m) Angarki Chaturthi
December Friday 29th Dec Thursday 14th Dec (Moon Rise:9.19p.m)

Shree Ganesh - His significance

Shree Ganesha symbolizes auspiciousness. Ganesha's image is a strange composite of elephant and man, generally mounted on a mouse with four arms. Every part of his image is symbolic of facts : The Elephant head represents the great strength of elephant. The Human form signifies wisdom,intelligence and ability. The Tiny Mouse denotes presence of mind. His Four arms represents four directions of space.
Shree Ganesha is associated with a wealth of myths and legends, which depict his importance and magnitude of his power and the reason for his popularity....
Among all the Hindu Deities, Shree Ganesha is the closest to the material plane of consciousness, most able to assist us in our day-to-day life and concerns Shree Ganesha has comfortably adopted modern and contemporary form. Suprisingly, there are no religious objections when Ganesha's image is given "new forms" The spread of Ganesha is not confined to India alone his Ganesha's images are found worldwide. Although, his image is altered by devotees as per their perceptions, their faith remains unaltered. To them Ganesha, is the Universe, the most important God.

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