Every year, Bhalachandra Sankashti Chaturthi is observed by the devotees of Lord Ganesha who pay ode to the Bhalachandra Maha Ganapati form of Lord Ganesha and the Agama Peetha.
This year the Bhalachandra Sankashti Chaturthi will be observed on March 31, 2021 on the Chaturthi tithi.
The Bhalachandra Sankashti Chaturthi is observed on the Chaturthi tithi, Chaitra Krishna Paksha (as per the Purnimant calendar) or Chaturthi, Phalguna Krishna Paksha (according to the Amavasyant calendar). Chaturthi tithi is considered as the most auspicious day to worship Lord Ganesha.
History of Bhalachandra Sankashti Chaturthi
According to legends associated with the Bhalachandra Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat, Lord Vishnu had sent out wedding invitations to all the Gods and Goddesses but Lord Ganesha.
As guests started showing up at the venue, everyone wondered why Lord Ganesha was missing. Lord Vishnu thought since Ganesha’s parents – Lord Shiva and Parvati – had already been invited, there was no necessity of sending him a separate invitation. Moreover, keeping Lord Ganesha’s immense appetite in mind, Lord Vishnu thought it was wiseable on his part to not eat.
After learning why Lord Vishnu wasn’t keen to invite Lord Ganesha, the guests suggested that Lord Ganesha must be asked to look after his abode as a Dwarapala (gatekeeper).
Subsequently, Lord Ganesha agreed to sit outside as a gatekeeper. A while later, Devarshi Narada arrived and wondered why Lord Ganesha was sitting outside the house.
After learning how he was insulted by Lord Vishnu and the other guests, Sage Narada asked Lord Ganesha to send his Mooshak sena to dig huge holes in the ground. Lord Ganesha loved the idea, and he sent his mooshak sena to stop the guests from reaching the wedding venue. The wheels of the chariots got stuck in the holes, and the guests struggled to proceed further.
In the end, they realised that they mustn’t have insulted Lord Ganesha. Hence, Lord Shiva sent Nandi to invite Lord Ganesha. And with his blessings, the path got cleared of all the holes.
Therefore, Lord Ganesha is worshipped to clear hurdles from life.
Significance of the day
Since Lord Ganesha is regarded as the destroyer of all the hurdles of life, devotees abide by the rituals and traditions related to the Bhalachandra Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat to make Lord Ganesha happy and satisfied.
Lord Ganesha is regarded as the God of wisdom and destroyer of all obstacles.
Hence, he is worshipped prior to all the Gods and Goddesses before the beginning of any puja or ritual.
The Bhalachandra Sankashti Chaturthi is referred to as Sankashti because it means deliverance from trouble.
It is also known as Sankat Hara Vrat because Lord Ganesha is hailed as Vighneshwara or the remover of obstacles. Therefore, devotees worship Lord Ganesha and seek his blessings for a hurdle free life.
Bhalachandra Sankashti Chaturthi puja timing
The Bhalachandra Sankashti Chaturthi falls on Wednesday, March 31 this year.
The Chaturthi tithi begins at 2.06pm, while the moonrise can be witnessed at 9.39pm. The Chaturthi tithi will end at 10.59am on April 1, 2021.
Ganesha Chaturthi puja is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and devotees worship Lord Ganesha on Chaturthi tithi.