Lord Ganesh is considered as the Lord of the masses and the deliverer from all troubles. He is considered as the remover of all obstacles and is often invoked before starting any important work.
People who do the fasting (vrat) on Sankashti Chaturthi tithi, should keep in mind that since the start and end times are dependant on the moon-rise time, it would vary between different cities around the world. A person will need to confirm the accurate moon-rise times for their region to ensure they are starting and ending the fast at the proper time.
People who wish to obtain special grace and blessings from Lord Ganesh, often do Sankashti Chaturthi fasting (vrat). The word Sankashti indicates deliverance from troubled times and people who are facing tremendous challenging times in their lives, do this special fast to obtain Lord Ganesh’s mercy and blessings. It is he, who can take away all their troubles and deliver them from their trials and tribulations. So, appeasing Lord Ganesh is the best way to tackle challenging life-situations!
The ritualistic rules of this fast are quite strict and usually only fruits and root-vegetables are allowed to be consumed. Tapioca (sabudana) khichdi (special style of preparation) with boiled potatoes and peanuts is the favorite food consumed during this fast. The fast goes on from moonrise during the Sankashti tithi and then continues throughout the day and finally ends at night after the next moon-rise.