Today, 9th May 2012 will be celebrated as Sankashti Chaturthi, a day dedicated to Lord Ganesha, celebrated every month.
Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated on 4th day from Full moon day. Devotees fast on this day and break their fast after moon rise by doing darshan of Lord Ganesha and Moon.
Lord Vinayaka will bless devotees in Special Alankaram with Sandanam (Sandal), Flowers, Special Gold, Diamond ornaments.
The person who does Sankashti-Chaturthi(do 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.)
Moon Rise Timing in different parts of the country on 9 May 2012 – Sankashti Chaturthi :
Mumbai – 10.32 pm
New Delhi – 10.35 pm
Chandigarh – 10.41 pm
Ahmedabad – 10.43 pm
Lucknow – 10.16 pm
Varanasi – 10.05 pm
Pune – 10.30 pm
Jaipur – 10.37 pm
Chennai – 9.54 pm
Bengaluru (Bangalore) – 10.06 pm
Hyderabad – 10.09 pm
In Shree Siddhivinayak Temple (Mumbai) Pooja, Abhishekha, Naivedhya will take place in the evening before moon rise. Darshan of Shree Siddhivinayak can be done live online on the website http://siddhivinayak.org/virtual_darshan1.asp
Sri Sankara TV will also live telecast Sankashti Chaturthi Pooja in the evening. Live Webcast can be seen in the website http://srisankaratv.net/web_tv.html