Angarki Chaturthi - Significance, Legend, and Dates

Angarki Chaturthi - Significance, Legend, and Dates

When Krishna Paksha Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday, it becomes Angarki Chaturthi.

The tithi Chaturthi is associated with Lord Ganesha. There are two Chaturthis in every lunar month. The Chaturthi of the Krishna Paksha (dark half) is called Sankashti (Sankatahara) Chaturthi. Tuesdays are also important days for the worship of Lord Ganesha, and it is the day of Angaraka (Planet Mars). When Sankashti falls on a Tuesday, it has special significance. Then it is called Angarki Chaturthi.

The legend of Angarki Chaturthi

Once, Sage Bharadwaja was enchanted by an apsara. He couldn't resist his libido, and his semen fell on the ground. It was caught in a crevice on the earth and matured into a child. This is planet Mars, also called Angaraka. He was called Angaraka as his color was as red as an ember. Being the son of Bhumi, he is also called Bhauma or Kuja.

Angaraka became 7 years old. He wanted to know about his father. Bhumi Devi sent him to Sage Bharadwaja. The Sage accepted him into his fold and taught him Vedas and Shastras.

At the behest of his father, Angaraka observed tapas to propitiate Lord Ganesha on the banks of the river Narmada. He stayed there without food and water for a thousand years chanting Ganesha Mantra.

Finally, on the Sankashti Chaturthi of the Magha masa, Lord Ganesha gave darshan to him. Angaraka asked for 3 boons from Ganesha:

  1. I should be elevated to the status of a Deva.
  2. I should become famous as someone auspicious to all the 3 worlds.
  3. This day on which you have given me darshan (Sankashti + Tuesday) should become so powerful that anyone who observes fasting on this day and worships should achieve all desires.

Lord Ganesha granted him the boons and also declared that Angaraka henceforth would also be known as Mangal (auspicious).

Benefits of observing Angarki Chaturthi

  • Blessings of Lord Ganesha: Observing Angarki Chaturthi is believed to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles and the god of wisdom and prosperity.
  • Obstacle Removal: Devotees believe that observing Angarki Chaturthi helps in overcoming obstacles and challenges in life, both spiritual and material.
  • Success and Prosperity: It is thought to bring success, prosperity, and auspiciousness into one's life, especially in endeavors related to career, education, and relationships.
  • Fulfillment of Desires: Many devotees believe that sincere prayers and offerings made on Angarki Chaturthi can lead to the fulfillment of heartfelt desires and wishes.
  • Spiritual Growth: Observing the rituals of Angarki Chaturthi, including fasting and prayers, is believed to foster spiritual growth and deepen one's connection with the divine.
  • Protection: It is believed that observing Angarki Chaturthi can provide protection from negative influences and evil forces.
  • Health and Well-being: Some devotees believe that observing Angarki Chaturthi can bring about physical and mental well-being, promoting overall health and vitality.
  • Karmic Benefits: Devotees consider observing Angarki Chaturthi as an act of merit or punya, which can have positive karmic effects and contribute to one's spiritual evolution.

 

Angarki Chaturthi Dates

  • June 25, 2024
  • August 12, 2025
  • January 6, 2026
  • June 22, 2027
  • August 8, 2028
  • December 5, 2028
  • May 1, 2029
  • January 22, 2030
  • June 18, 2030
  • October 15, 2030

When is Angarki Chaturthy 2024 ?

June 25, 2024.

When is Angarki Chaturthy 2025 ?

Angarki Chaturthi in 2025 is on August 12, 2025.

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Angarki Chaturthi is associated with which planet?
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