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Sankashti Chaturthi -Angarki

Angarki Sankashti Chaturthi
Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha .
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvada.

Sankatahara Chaturthi which falls on Tuesday is referred to as Angarika Sankashti Chaturthi. What is the reason behind it, why it is called as Angarika Sankashti and how it has got that name?
Angarak was the son of Mother Earth and Bharadwaja Rishi. Sage Bharadwaj was a great Vedic intellectual and a great devotee of Lord Ganesha.

On his father’s way, Angarak acquired Vedic knowledge from Bharadwaja and performed penance for Ganapathi.

Impressed with the penance of Angarak, Lord Ganesha appeared in front of him and asked him to express a wish. Angarak asked Ganesha that his only wish was to be associated with Ganesha’s name forever.

As that was a Tuesday and Tuesday is the favorite day for Angarak, Lord Ganesha granted him a boon that Sankashti Chaturthi which falls on Tuesday will be called with his name as ‘Angarak Chaturthi’.

Since then, Sankashti Chaturthi of Tuesday became ‘Angarak Chaturthi’.

The fast of Sankashti Chaturthi is generally started from the day “Angarki Sankashti Chaturthi”. Also Angarki Sankashti means deliverance during troubled times, hence observing this fast is believed to reduce your problems as Lord Ganesha symbolizes the remover of all obstacles and supreme lord of intelligence.

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