Every month fourth day of the dark phase of the moon is called Sankasht Chaturthi. Sankashta means sankat (crisis). On this day Devotees fast for a whole day and break their fast after having darshan of Moon and worshipping Lord Ganpati. For worshiping twenty-one rounds (avartans) of Atharvashirsha should be recited. The moon should be paid obeisance after giving an offering and sprinkling sandalwood paste (gandha), flowers and consecrated rice in its direction.
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