The Hindu religion is known for its diverse religious customs and beliefs. Fasting (Vrata) is one of the integral parts of the Hindu religion which are mainly performed to get the blessings of Gods or Goddesses. Today we share with you Sakat Chauth Vrat Katha and Date.
Sakat Chauth Vrata is very popular in the North Indian States such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and even in Maharashtra.
The Sakat Chauth is also known as Maghi Chauth, Til-Kuta Chauth, Sankat Chauth, and Vakra-Tundi Chaturthi.
The Sakat Chauth Vrat is performed by mothers for the long life and well being of their children. They pray to Lord Ganesh to remove obstacles in the life of their children and bless them with abundance, good health, success, and prosperity.
Krishna Paksha Chaturthi is a very auspicious date for the Hindus. It is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Devotees keep Sankashti Chaturthi Fast on each Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi.
However, during the month of Magh, the Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi is observed as Sakat Chauth in the North Indian states.
Women observe Sakat Chauth Vrata on this very day. They pray to Goddess Sakat and Lord Ganesh for the long life, well being and success of their sons.
They keep a day-long fast on Sakat Chauth without having any food or water. In the evening they perform Ganesh Pujan and give “Arghya” to Chandrama (Lord Chandra / Moon) after which they break their fast and have water.
It is said that whosoever keeps Sakat Chauth Vrata get the blessings of Sakat Mata. Their children are blessed with long life, success, and prosperity.
Lord Ganesh is also worshiped on Sakat Chauth. Worshiping Lord Ganesh on this day brings joy and happiness in the lives of the devotees. It is said that Lord Ganesh removes all the miseries from the lives of their devotees and blesses them with long life, success, and well being.
In fact, there is a very famous temple dedicated to Goddess Sakat in the Sakat village of Rajasthan. This temple is nearly 60 km from Alwar and 150 km from Jaipur, the state capital of Rajasthan. One can visit this temple to get the blessings of Goddess Sakat.
The Importance of Sakat Chaturthi
The Krishna Paksha Chaturthi date is very dear to Lord Ganesha. It is said that Lord Ganesha was born on the day of Chaturthi.
Hindu Purana texts say that it was on this day that Lord Ganesh competed with his brother Lord Kartikeya and other Gods to orbit the earth seven times as ordered by his parents, Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati.
Lord Ganesh eventually won as He chooses to orbit his parents believing that they were equivalent to the Mother Earth. Lord Shiva was pleased with Ganesh and gave him the first Pooja right. After that Lord Ganesh was recognized as the “Pratham Pujya” among the Gods.
In the Hindu month of Magh, Krishna Paksha Chaturthi is celebrated as Sakat Chaturthi. The special significance of this day is mentioned in the Puranas. It is believed that one can overcome all the sufferings by worshiping Lord Ganesh on this day. All the Gods and Goddesses are pleased by the worship of Lord Ganesh only.
Mothers perform Sakat Chaturthi or Sakat Chauth Vrata on this day.
According to Padma Purana, the benefits of Sakat Chauth Vrata were told by Lord Shiva himself to Mata Parvati. In the Mahabharata period, Dharmaraj Yudhishthira was the first one to keep this fast on the advice of Lord Krishna.
Sakat Chauth Vrata has miraculous effects. Mothers keep this fast for the well being of their children.
Hindus believe that the fast remove the sufferings of the child. With the effect of Sakat Chaturthi fast, the child gets achievement, success, and well being throughout his life.
Sakat Chauth Vrata Vidhi
Sakat Chauth Vrata is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and Mata Sakat. Lord Chandra Deva is also worshiped on this day. It is performed by the mothers for the long life of their children.
Sakat Chauth Vrata is performed on the Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi in the Hindu month of Magha.
One should get up before sunrise, have a bath and wear fresh and clean clothes. Then you should perform Lord Ganapati puja. You should place an idol of Lord Ganesh in your place of worship. You have to bathe the idol of Lord Ganesh with Ganga Jal.
One can recite the following mantra for worshiping Lord Ganesh:
गजाननं भूत गणादि सेवितं,कपित्थ जम्बू फल चारू भक्षणम्।
उमासुतं शोक विनाशकारकम्, नमामि विघ्नेश्वर पाद पंकजम्॥
You should offer flowers at the feet of Lord Ganesha’s idol. You should also keep “Prasadam” in the form of til, Gud, and Ganna.
Mothers who keep the Sakat Chauth Vrata have to observe the fast without having any food or water throughout the day. They should preferably recite Lord Ganesha’s names throughout the day. Before sunset, they should recite Lord Ganesha Vandana.
After sunset one should again have a bath and wear new clothes, now, you can follow your customs and perform Ganesh puja with full devotion. You can keep a “Kalash” filled with water. You should offer “Dhoop-Deep” to Lord Ganesh. One should offer laddoos made of til and gud to Lord Ganesh.
You can also offer “Naivedya” to Lord Ganesh in the form of Eikh (Ganna), Amrood, Gud, and Ghee. You should keep this Naivedya in a basket made of bamboo. It should be kept throughout the night. The child only opens the basket, and the Prasadam is distributed among the brothers and sisters.
There is also a popular custom wherein a goat is prepared out of Tilkuta. After the Ganesh Pujan, the symbolic goat made from Tilkuta is cut open with a knife by one of the children. It is distributed as “Prasad” among the children.
Late in the evening (after moonrise), the women performing the Vrata should give “Arghya” with til and gud to Lord Chandra Deva, Lord Ganesh, and Sakat Mata.
After this, the fast can be broken. Now, you can have Prasad made from til and gud.
Sakat Chauth Vrat Katha
Once there used to live a rich merchant with his wife. They had no faith in religious customs and beliefs.
The couple did not have any children. One day, the merchant’s wife visited her neighbor’s house.
It was Sakat Chauth. The neighbor’s wife was performing the Sakat Chauth Puja. She was reciting the Sakat Chauth Puja story.
The merchant’s wife asked her, “What are you doing?”
She told the merchant’s wife that she was doing the Sakat Chauth Puja. She had kept the Sakat Chauth Vrata.
The merchant’s wife asked her why she was performing the Sakat Chauth Puja. So, the neighbor’s wife told her that whosoever performs the Sakat Chauth Vrata is blessed with long life, well-being, health, wealth, and children.
Hearing this, the merchant’s wife took a vow that she would keep the Sakat Chauth Vrata with “Sava Sera” (सवा सेर) Tilkuta if she happened to become pregnant.
With Lord Ganesha’s blessings, the merchant’s wife got pregnant. Upon this, the merchant’s wife said that if she bears a son, she will perform Sakat Chauth Puja with “ढाई सेर” Tilkuta.
After some months, the merchant’s wife was blessed with a son. Now, she said that she would perform the Sakat Puja with “सवा पांच सेर” Tilkuta when her son will get married.
Time passed by, and after some years her son’s marriage was confirmed. However, the merchant’s wife failed to perform the Sakat Chauth Puja.
Now, Sakat Mata got angry with the merchant’s wife as she had failed to keep her promise of performing the Sakat Puja.
Sakat Mata lifted her son from the marriage ceremony and held him over a Peepal tree. Their marriage was thus abandoned.
After some days, the girl (who was going to be married with the merchant’s wife son) when into the jungle to collect Dobb grass for Gad-Gaur Puja.
She heard a voice coming from the Peepal tree that said, O my semi-married (ओ मेरी अर्धब्यहि). The girl became very frightened and came running to her house. She became very sad, she did not
Her mother then went into the jungle near the same Peepal tree where the young man (merchant’s wife son) was held. Seeing her mother, the merchant’s wife son told her that he was suffering because of the deeds of her mother.
Her mother had promised to keep the Sakat Chauth Vrata but never performed it. So, Sakat Mata got angry and had put him on this Peepal Tree.
Now, the lady went to see the merchant’s wife.
She asked the merchant’s wife if she had promised to keep the Sakat Vrata. The merchant’s wife told her that she had promised to keep the Sakat Vrata with Tilkuta. However, she did not fulfill her promise.
Now, the merchant’s wife repented for her failure of not keeping the promise. She took a vow to perform the Sakat Puja with “ढाई मन” Tilkuta when her son would return to the house.
Hearing this, Sakat Mata got pleased with the merchant’s wife. Her son was freed from the Peepal tree. He got married with the girl at a grand party.
When the son and his wife reached their home, the merchant’s wife performed the Sakat Vrata Puja with full devotion using “ढाई मन” Tilkuta.
Sakat Mata was pleased with the family and blessed them with all kinds of favors.
Seeing this, the villagers started to perform the Sakat Vrata with Tilkuta.
!! Jai Lord Ganesha!!
!! Jai Sakat Mata!!
There’s yet another very popular Sakat Chauth Vrat Katha. Here, we share the story with you.
Long ago, there lived a potter in a small village. He was an expert in making nice clay pots. He used to harden them in the kiln.
Once it so happened that the potter kept some utensils in the kiln, but the fire could not ripen the pots. Moreover, he could not ripen the pots even after repeated attempts.
The potter got disheartened and approached the King for help.
The King listened to the potter and consulted his Raj Purohit for a solution to this strange phenomenon. The Raj Purohit suggested that the potter should offer the Bali (sacrifice) of a child before preparing the kiln for the utensils.
After hearing the advice of Raj Purohit, the King ordered that each family should offer one child whenever the potter prepares kiln. All families obeyed the order of the King and started to give one of their children.
After some days, an old woman had to offer her child for the Bali. She had only one son. It happened to be the Sakat Chaturthi Day.
The old woman feared that her only child would be killed on the auspicious day of Sakat. So, she prayed to Sakat Mata and gave her son the Betel nut of Sakat and “Doob ka Beeda” as the symbolic cover of protection.
The old woman told her son to pray to Goddess Sakat while in the kiln. She assured the child that these items would protect him from the fire of kiln with the grace of Goddess Sakat.
Finally, the child was made to sit in the kiln. The old woman began to pray to Goddess Sakat to protect the life of her only son.
The kiln was lit and left for the coming days.
However, due to the grace of Mata Sakat, the kiln was prepared within one night. Next day, the potter came to inspect the kiln. He was astonished when he saw the sight. He found that the son of the old woman was safe. Not only this, the other children who were offered before for preparing the kiln were also alive.
All the villagers accepted the power and grace of Goddess Sakat. They praised the old woman and her child for their trust and devotion towards Goddess Sakat.
Sakat Chauth was recognized as the day for offering gratitude and thanksgiving for Sakat Mata. Mothers started worshiping Sakat Mata and prayed for the well being and long life of their children.
Sakat Chauth Date 2020
Sakat Chauth is the day dedicated for worshiping Goddess Sakat. Women keep a fast on this day for the well being of their sons.
It is observed on the Krishna Paksha Chaturthi during the Hindu month of Magh. Sakat Chauth is mainly observed in the North Indian states. Lord Ganesh is also worshiped on the day of Sakat Chauth.
Sakat Chauth 2020 will be celebrated on 13th January (Monday).
Moonrise on Sakat Chauth Day: 08:33 PM
Chaturthi Tithi Begins: 05:32 PM on 13th Jan 2020
Chaturthi Tithi Ends: 02:49 PM on 14th Jan 2020