Introduction: Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi
India’s rich tapestry of festivals includes a myriad of celebrations dedicated to its vast pantheon of deities.
One such festival is Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi, a significant day for devotees of Lord Ganesha.
This auspicious day falls on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Shravana, typically occurring in August or September.
At the heart of this festival lies the worship of Heramba Maha Ganapati, a unique five-faced and ten-armed form of Lord Ganesha.
In this blog, we’ll explore the significance, rituals, and traditions associated with Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi.
Date and Timing:
In 2023, Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi begins on September 2 at 08:49 PM and concludes at 6:24 PM on September 3.
During this period, devotees across the country come together to celebrate and seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha.
Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga:
Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga, an auspicious time for performing significant rituals and endeavours, coincides with Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi.
It starts on September 3 at 10:38 AM and concludes at 6:09 AM on September 4, offering an excellent window for seeking success and fulfilment in one’s endeavours.
One of the most awaited moments during this festival is the moonrise, which occurs at 8:57 PM. Devotees express their reverence to Chandra Dev (the Moon God) by offering raw milk, water, Akshat (uncooked rice), and white flowers.
Rituals to Follow:
Morning Bath: Devotees begin their day with a purifying bath, symbolizing the cleansing of the soul.
Offerings to Lord Ganesha: The main ceremony involves offering Lord Ganesha various items, including red flowers, marigolds, Janeu (sacred thread), Akshat, turmeric, betel nut, coconut, Dhruva (a sacred grass), vermilion (Sindoor), incense, diya (lamp), and naivedya (food offering).
Modak and Laddhu: Devotees often present modak (sweet dumplings) or laddhu (sweet balls) to Lord Ganesha, his favourite sweets. This act symbolizes the sweetness of devotion and life’s blessings.
Chanting Mantras: While making offerings, devotees chant the mantra,
“Om Gan Ganpataye Namo Namah,”
invoking Lord Ganesha’s blessings and guidance.
Worshiping Heramba Maha Ganpati:
Heramba Maha Ganapati is a unique form of Lord Ganesha known for his five faces and ten arms.
Interestingly, there is no dedicated temple solely for Heramba Maha Ganpati. However, he is worshipped as a subsidiary deity at the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi.
The Significance of Heramba Ganapati:
Worshipping Heramba Maha Ganpati is particularly beneficial for those seeking confidence to face life’s challenges and hardships.
As the protector of the weak and the giver of fearlessness, he serves as a source of strength and support for his devotees.
Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi is a day of immense spiritual significance, where devotees come together to honour Lord Ganesha in his unique and powerful form as Heramba Maha Ganapati.
It’s a celebration of devotion, faith, and the quest for strength in the face of life’s trials and tribulations.
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