Sankat Chaturthi, also known as Sankashti Chaturthi or Sankashta Hara Vinayaka Chaturthi, is observed on the fourth day during the second half in every month as per Hindu panchang. In December 2011, Sankat Chathruthi date is 14 December 2011. As per North Indian calendar, this Sankashta hara Chaturthi falls in Paush month. In Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada and Telugu panchang, Sankat Chavithi of December 2011 falls in Margasira month.
Moon rise or Chandrodayam time on Sankashti December 2011 is 9.30 PM in Indian Standard Time.
During Sankat Ganesh Chaturthi, devotees observe fast for whole day and break their upvaas after visiting the Moon God and performing Ganesh Puja. Observing Sankashti Hara Chaturthi vrata keep devotees away from every problem they face in their life. Literally, ‘Sankat or ‘Sankashta means problems and ‘hara means the destroyer. Abhishekam is the main ritual observed during the Ganapati puja on this day.