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Lord Ganesha, popularly known as Ganpati Bappa is a prominent god in Hindu mythology. Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated to honour Hindu Lord Ganesha. Wikimedia
  • Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated on the fourth day of Krishan Paksha of every lunar month
  • It is a day dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the deity of knowledge and good fortune
  • As per Indian traditions, Sankashti Chaturthi or “Sankat Hara Chaturthi” is observed on the fourth day of Krishan Paksha

June 13, 2017:

Lord Ganesha, popularly known as Ganpati Bappa is a prominent god in Hindu mythology. Every ritual in Hinduism begins with his pooja. He is worded as “Vighnaharta”, the one who will end all the obstacles in the ceremony. He is the god of good beginnings and prosperity. He is the giver of riddhi (success and good fortune) and siddhi (Knowledge and intelligence).

As per Indian traditions, Sankashti Chaturthi or “Sankat Hara Chaturthi” is observed on fourth day of Krishan Paksha (dark lunar phase or the waning phase) of every lunar month. It is a day dedicated to Lord Ganesha and it is celebrated with great fervor in the honor of the deity. If the Sankashti Chaturthi falls on Tuesday then it is considered more auspicious and it is termed as Angaraki Chaturthi (angarak in Sanskrit means red like burning coal ambers and refers to the planet Mars, on whom Tuesday is named after). Therefore, it is celebrated on different dates of every month of a year.

Here is how the day is celebrated all across the nation and even overseas:

    • Devotees observe a strict fast on this day in the honor of Lord Ganesha.
    • The Sankashti Chaturthi pooja is done in the evening after seeing the moon. Lord Ganesha’s statue is decorated with flowers and durva grass as per Indian traditions.
    • Devotees chant vedic mantras and the vrat katha dedicated to lord Ganesha. There are total 13 vrat kathas, one for each month and the 13th story is for ‘adhika’ (The Hindu calendar has one extra month every 4 years).These stories are unique in the sense that the story pertaining to that month alone has to be recited.
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  • During each month, Lord Ganesha is worshiped with a different name and peeta (seat).
  • The fast is broken by worshipping the god succeeded by sighting of the moon. Ganapati Atharvasheersha is recited before the moonlight to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha.
  • On this sacred day, Lord moon or Bhagwan Chandra is also worshipped. The rituals involve sprinkling water, chandan (sandalwood) paste, rice and fresh flowers in the direction of Moon or Chandra God.

It is believed that Lord Ganesha fulfills the wishes of those who worship him on this sacred day.

The concept of fasting on a particular day every month has certain physiological reasons too.It helps to detoxify the body like every other fast. During the fasting, when devotees sing songs of the Lord and the stories are narrated, a spiritual and psychological impact on the devotees is created and helps in building discipline, confidence and a feeling of harmony.

– by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram. Twitter: @NikitaTayal6


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Upcoming medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages

The new medical colleges being opened in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages.

The state government has issued an order naming four district hospitals that are being converted into medical colleges.

These district hospitals are in Bijnor, Fatehpur, Chandauli, and Siddharth Nagar.

The Bijnor medical college has been named after Mahatma Vidur, a philosopher during the Mahabharata era and uncle of the Pandavas and Kauravas.

The Chandauli medical college has been named after Baba Keenaram, said to be the founder of the Aghori sect.

The Siddharth Nagar district hospital will be called Madhav Prasad Tripathi Medical College after the BJP politician from the region. Tripathi, popularly known as Madhav Babu, was also the first Uttar Pradesh BJP chief. He was elected MP from Domariyaganj in 1977, besides being two times Jan Sangh MLA and also a member of the UP legislative council.

The Fatehpur hospital has been named Amar Shaheed Jodha Singh Ataiya Thakur Dariyawn Singh Medical College, after the freedom fighter of 1857.

It is said that he was among the first to use Guerrilla warfare against the British, as taught by freedom fighter Tatya Tope.

Meanwhile, according to official sources, the medical college in Deoria will be named after Maharishi Devraha Baba and the medical college of Ghazipur in the name of Maharishi Vishwamitra.

The medical college of Mirzapur will be in the name of Maa Vindhyavasini, the medical college of Pratapgarh in the name of Dr. Sonelal Patel and the medical college of Etah will be named after Veerangana Avantibai Lodhi. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Medical Colleges, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, India, Politics

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Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has picked India as the favourite to win the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Inzamam feels that the Virat Kohli-led India have a greater chance of winning the trophy as the conditions in the Gulf nations are similar to the subcontinent, which makes India the most dangerous side in the event, according to Inzamam.

"In any tournament, it cannot be said for certain that a particular team will win' It's all about how much chance do they have of winning it. In my opinion, India have a greater chance than any other team of winning this tournament, especially in conditions like these. They have experienced T20 players as well," said Inzamam on his YouTube channel.

He said more than the Indian batters, the bowlers have a lot of experience of playing in the conditions. The Indian Premier League (IPL) was played recently in UAE and most of the Indian bowlers did well in that leg.

Inzy heaped praises on the Men in Blue for the confident manner in which they chased the target against Australia on a challenging track without needing Kohli's batting prowess.

"India played their warm-up fixture against Australia rather comfortably. On subcontinent pitches like these, India are the most dangerous T20 side in the world. Even today, if we see the 155 runs they chased down, they did not even need Virat Kohli to do so," he added.

Though he did not pick any favourite, Inzamam termed the India-Pakistan clash in the Super 12 on October 24 as the 'final before the final' and said the team winning it will go into the remaining matches high on morale,

"The match between India and Pakistan in the Super 12s is the final before the final. No match will be hyped as much as this one. Even in the 2017 Champions Trophy, India and Pakistan started and finished the tournament by facing each other, and both the matches felt like finals. The team winning that match will have their morale boosted and will also have 50 percent of pressure released from them," Inzamam added. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: India, Pakistan, Sports, ICC T20 World Cup, UAE.

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