By Swami Harshananda
Vināyakaśānti is sometimes also called as Gaṇapatipujā. This śānti is generally performed at the commencement of all the sanskāras or sacraments like upanayāna, vivāha, and also for averting the evil effects of stars, planets and so on.
When it is performed independently, śuklapakṣa-caturthi associated with auspicious stars like Puṣya, Śrāvaṇa, Rohiṇī, Aśvinī and also the weekday Thursday is recommended. The Bhaviṣyottarapurāṇa gives a Gaṇapatiśānti, which is similar to the Vināyakaśānti.
- Śānti means propitiatory rite.
- Vivāha means marriage.
- It falls on the 4th day of the bright fortnight.
- Bhaviṣyottarapurāṇa Chapter 144.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore