Ganesh Jayanti is celebrated the birth day of Lord Ganesha, the lord of intelligence. Ganesh Jayanti is a popular festival particularly in the Indian state of Maharashtra and Goa. It is also known as Til kund Chaturthi, Winter Vinayaka Chaturthi, Magh Shukla Chaturthi and Varada Chaturthi. This festival of Ganesha is also called as the Tilo Chauth or Sakat Chauthis in Uttar Pradesh, where Ganesha is invoked on behalf of the son of a family
When is it observed?
Ganesh Jayanti is observed on Shukla Chaturthi (fourth day of the bright fortnight or the waxing moon) during Magh lunar month as per the Hindu calendar. In most part of India, the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha is observed during Bhadrapada month (August/September) and known as Ganesha Chaturthi.
Ganesh Jayanti is celebrated grandly in all Ganesh temples on Tuesday, 31st January 2017.
Ganesha Jayanti Pooja Muhurat: 11:31 to 13:39
Time to Avoid Moon Sighting: 09:16 to 21:21
As a legend narrated by Nandi to the Sanatkumara sages, god Krishna was charged with stealing as he saw the moon on Magha shukla chaturthi – which was prohibited. He observed fast on this day and got rid of the accusation of stealing.
On the day of Ganesh Jayanti, the devotees apply sesame (til) paste on their body and take a sacred bath with water mixed with til seeds in morning. An image of Ganesha, in symbolic conical form is made out of turmeric or sindhoor powder or some times of cow dung and worshiped. It is later immersed in water on the fourth day after the festival. A special preparation made of til (sesame seeds) is offered to Ganesha and then distributed to the devotees as prasad for eating. A fast is observed during worship during the day time followed by feasting in the night as a part of the rituals.
The fast observed on this day is stated to enhance the name and fame of the individual. On the occasion of the Ganesh Jayanti celebrations, couples worship him to beget a son. It is believed that Lord Ganesha also removes the hurdles between the successes of an individual.
Rituals and Celebrations
On this day devotees worship Lord Ganesha. Food prepared from Til (sesame) is consumed on the day. Hence this day is also known as Til Kund Chaturthi.
Maghi Ganpati is a grand celebration in all Ganesh temples in Maharashtra. Palkhi Yatra is celebrated on Ganesh Jayanti in Morgaon Ganesha Temple (Mayureshwar Mandir) in Pune. This is the first temple of Ashtavinayaka yatra. Apart from this, the famous Mahaganpati temple at Titwala organizes a five-day festival during this period to celebrate the birthday of the lord. It is observed as a grand event in all Ganesh temples in Maharashtra and household as well. The fast observed on this day is very fruitful. The devotees worship Lord Ganesha to fulfil their desires.