This was a very innocent question I asked my Maa every single time from the time I started fasting on Chaturthi! – “Maa, why is it called Angarki Chaturthi and what is so special about it?” And she would reply when chaturthi falls on Tuesday it is Angarki!
Finally after nearly 7-8 years of Chaturthi I come to know the entire story of Angarki Chaturthi!
So Angarak literally means “red like burned coal”
So Angarak was son of Mother Earth and Rishi Bhardwaj who was great devotee of Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha was impressed by Anagarak’s devotion and he asked him to express a wish which Ganesha could accomplish!
Angarak promptly replied – that he wanted his name to be associated with Bappa forever, and there it goes Ganesha granted him a wish that every chaturthi that falls on Tuesday will be named as Angarki Chaturthi
So to all the Bappa fans – Happy Angarki!
(आणि पुणेकर असाल तर एकदा दगडूशेठ ला नक्की भेट द्या!!!!)
(Picture credits – Sachin Mane)