Varad Vinayaka Chauth is a Hindu festival celebrated on the fourth day of the waxing moon phase (Shukla Paksha) of every month. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganesh Chaturthi. It is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of wisdom, success and obstacle removal. Varad means “boon-giver” and Vinayaka means “leader of all”. Hence, Varad Vinayaka Chauth is a day to seek blessings and favours from Lord Ganesha.
Varad Vinayaka Chauth has a special significance during Navratri, a nine-day festival dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine forms. On this day, Kushmanda Puja is also performed to worship the fourth form of Durga, who created the universe with her smile. She is also associated with Lord Ganesha as she gave him his elephant head.
The legend behind Varad Vinayaka Chauth is that once there was a sage named Vakratunda who had a daughter named Mukundu Devi. She was very beautiful and pious but she was cursed by a demon named Sindhu that she would turn into a plant after marriage. The sage prayed to Lord Ganesha for help and he appeared as Varad Vinayak to rescue his daughter. He killed Sindhu and restored Mukundu Devi’s human form. He also blessed her with a happy married life and granted boons to anyone who worshipped him on this day.
The following are the steps for performing Varad Vinayaka Chauth:
Varad Vinayaka Chauth is a simple yet powerful way to connect with Lord Ganesha’s boon-giving aspect and experience his divine energy. By doing this puja with faith and devotion, you can attain success, wisdom and happiness in all spheres of life.
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