Krishna Pingala Sankashti Chathurthi Vrat is observed by invoking Bhagwan Ganesha. This Sankashti Chathurthi Vrat occurs in the Krishna Paksha Chathurthi of Jyeshta month.
The general form of Sri Sankashti Ganapathi as the destroyer of troubles is of golden hue, attired in blue dress sitting on red lotus. He is in varadha mudra bestowing abundance and is holding a goad, a noose and a bowl of payasam.
Krishna Pingala Sankashti Chathurthi is on Wednesday, 7th June 2023 for the Year 2023. The exact duration of the Chathurthi Tithi and the time of the moon rise are to be ascertained from the respective regional calendar.
The form of Sri Vinayaka for worshipping in this Vrat is Sri Krishna Pingala Maha Ganapathi. The Peeta is Sri Shakthi Ganapathi.
Sri Krishna Pingala
“Krishna Pingala” means and denotes Sri Shakthi who is of brown and black color. Sri Krishna Pingala Vinayak is one of the Shakthi Ganapathi forms. In this form, Sri Vinayak is depicted with the Goddess. In some instances, He is with His mother Shakthi. In some other instances, He is depicted with Goddess Lakshmi and hence called Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi.
Sri Krishna Pingala Ganapthi has six hands holding mango, flower bunch, sugar cane, modhakaand parashu (axe). He shows His hand in varada (providing abundance) mudra. The Goddess is mostly depicted in green color holding a lotus. In some instances She holds a bowl of payasam.
At times, Sri Shakthi Ganapathi with orange-red color with four hands is depicted with the Goddess on His lap. He holds the garland, goad and noose. He shows His hand in abhaya (providing protection) mudra.
In some instances, Sri Ganapathi is depicted with His two wives Siddhi and Buddhi.
Sankashti Chathurthi Vrat
There are a few legends pertaining to the significance of Sri Sankashti Chathurthi. The legend is said to be mentioned in Sri Vinayaka Puran.
The devotees wake up early in the morning. After bathing, the puja place at home is cleaned. The vigraha or the picture of Sri Ganapathi is decorated with flowers. Chandan and Kumkum are applied. Lamps and Dhup are lit.
Slokams / Stotrams invoking Sri Ganapathi are recited. The story concerned with the Sankashti Chathurthi Vrat is read and recited.
Some people observe fasting for the day. By the evening, special abhishekams and archanas are done at Ganapathi temples.
After having the darshan of Chandra, the moon, they partake the prasadam which was offered to God as Neivedyam.
Giving daan of food (Annadanam) to the poor and needy is of utmost importance.
The ardent devotees of Bhagwan Ganesha consider the Sankashti Chathurthi festivals as highly auspicious.
Sankashti Chathurthi Vrats – benefits
It is believed that sincere observation of all the Sankata Hara Chathurthi Vrats shall
-result in fulfillment of the wishes;
-alleviate all problems in life;
-bring in prosperity;
-assure no re-birth; and
-ensure attainment of salvation in Ganesh Loka.