The fourth day after new moon and fourth day after full moon in the
Hindu calendar is observed as Chaturthi and is dedicated to Lord
Today it is Sankashta Chaturthi Vrata and Ganesha devotees observe a fast (fasting - upvaas) which will end on the day after moonrise.
The benefits of fasting include material progress, happiness and fulfillment of desires.
The importance of Chaturthi vrat was explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas.
It is also mentioned in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.
The person who does Sankashti Chaturthi ( fasting till the moon-rise
and then eat the food) will collect lot of virtues.
After the death that person goes to Swanand-loka and the rebirth of that person stops.
There is a belief in Hinduism that a person takes seven births before gets 'Moksha'. (becomes free, there is no rebirth afterwards).
Each year Ma-ji, my Indian mother, is fasting that day for my brother
Manish and I.
In Benaras, the city of Lord Shiva, it is a common thing that mothers fast for their sons that day as Lord Ganesh is the son of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.
I want to dedicate this picture to all those Banarsi mothers.
This lady was bathing in the holy waters of the ganges at Prayag ghat
in the Eternal city.
I took many pictures of her and she found it funny.
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