About Sakat Chauth
The day of Sakat Chauth is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. On this particular day, the devotees observe a fast of Magh Krishna Paksha Ganesh Chaturthi. In various parts of the country, the day is also popular as VakraTunda Chaturthi or TilKut Chauth. As per the Hindu calendar, the day is celebrated on the fourth day during Krishna Paksha in the Magh month. According to the Gregorian calendar, the festival takes place either in the month of January or February. On the eve of Sakat Chauth, the female devotees observe a strict fast for the happiness, prosperity, and well-being of their children. On this day, devotees worship Goddess Sakat along with Lord Ganesha. The day is celebrated in majorly all parts of India with immense devotion and fervor.
Sakat Chauth Fasting Puja Vidhi
- The devotees wake up early morning and after taking a bath worship Lord Ganesha and recite the Ganesha Ashtottara
- Then they prepare a small mountain which is made up of mud with Til mixed in it.
- Clean the place of worship and make an alpana
- Then put a wooden platform and cover it with a clean and fresh cloth
- On one side light a lamp and on another side place a kalash
- Offer all the items that are included in Puja comprising til, dhoop, flowers, kumkum, moli, roli and incense stick to Lord Ganesha (idol/mountain made up of mud)
- Offer dry fruits, gur and five til ladoos to the deity.
- The devotees must keep their fast for all day long
- When the moon rises, the devotees give arghya to the Moon with water
- Worship Moon God for the well-being and prosperity of the children and the family
- The Hindu women should touch the feet of their elders to take their blessings
- The fast can be concluded by consuming sweet made up of til.
Sakat Chauth Mata Ki Katha (Kahani)
As per the legends, once in a village, there lived a porter. He used to make beautiful and creative pots of clay. Once those clay pots were made, he used to harden them in a furnace or a kiln.
However, the porter observed that even after numerous attempts, the pots are not getting baked by the flames of the furnace and thus he was not able to make the clay pots ready for use.
Finding no solution to his problem, he finally went to the King seeking a solution. After listening about the matter, the King called the Royal Pandit (Rajpurohit) to suggest a remedy for the porter’s issue. After hearing about such weird problem, Rajpurohit suggested giving a Bali or a sacrifice of a child in the kiln every time the furnace is used for hardening the clay pots.
Upon listening to the suggestion of Raj Purohit, the king declared that from now onwards every family of the vicinity would be offering one child for Bali one by one for preparation of the utensils. As it was the order of the king, no one could deny or disobey his saying and thus the families started sending their children as and when required. After some passage of time, it was the turn of an old lady who had only one son. She was too depressed and sad knowing that her only support would also be sacrificed for the Bali as she cannot go against the king’s decree.
It was the auspicious day of Sakat Chauth and the old woman was a firm follower and ardent devotee of Goddess Sakat Mata. She worshipped Goddess Sakat and prayed for her son’s life. As a symbol of protection against the fire of the furnace, she gave a betel nut and a ‘Dub ka Beeda’ to him and asked her son to recite the name of Goddess Sakat and ask for his protection.
The child was asked to sit in the kiln and was left overnight to prepare the furnace. Next morning when the porter returned to check the furnace, he got stunned and astonished by seeing that the boy was alive and safe too and all other children who were offered to the kiln were also alive with the divine blessings and grace of Goddess Sakat. Since that day, everyone there started believing in the existence and Goddess Sakat and therefore tend to keep a fast for the day of Sakat Chauth with full dedication and devotion to get her blessings.
Benefits of Sakat Chauth
- It helps in eradicating malefic effects of mercury
- It helps in getting success, prosperity and wealth in life
- It supports the wellbeing of children
- It eliminates the obstacles and hurdles of one’s life
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