Magha Ganesha Jayanti 2019: Date, Significance, Celebrations, Tithi of Magha Shukla Chaturthi

Ganesha Jayanti in the Magha month is mainly observed in the Maharashtra and the Konkan region. Magha Ganesha Jayanti is also known as Magha Shukla Chaturthi, Tilkund Chaturthi and Varad Chaturthi.

Ganesh Jayanti is celebrated with great zeal and fervour by Indians across the world. Pandals are set and idols of Lord Ganesha are installed and worshipped for 10 days. As per popular folklore, it is said that Lord Ganesha was born on the Shukla Chaturthi of Magha lunar month, which means the fourth day of the Hindu month of Magha. The month coincides with January or February in the Gregorian calendar.  
 
Though Ganesh Jayanti in the month of Magha is considered as the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, the Chaturthi during Bhadrapada month (August – September) is also widely celebrated in India. Ganesha Jayanti in the Magha month is mainly observed in the Maharashtra and the Konkan region. Magha Ganesha Jayanti is also known as Magha Shukla Chaturthi, Tilkund Chaturthi and Varad Chaturthi. 
 
Talking about the celebrations, Lord Ganesha's puja is done with turmeric or vermillion powder. Food items prepared from sesame are offered to the Lord as bhog, and later, it is distributed among devotees as prasad and that's why the day is also known as Tilkund Chaturthi. On this day, devotees take bath with water mixed with sesame seed and smear the paste of sesame seeds on the body as well. The tradition of observing fast throughout the day followed by a feast in the night is observed by many devotees. On the fourth day of the festival, the idol is immersed in the water.
 

On Magha Ganesh Chaturthi, many devotees pay a visit to the famous Moreshwar temple in 

Morgaon, Pune. The temple is considered to be the starting point of Ashtavinayaka – a pilgrimage of eight Ganesha temples. Apart from this temple, Siddhivinayaka in Siddhatek and Ganpatipule in Ratnagiri are also thronged by devotees. Also, palkhi yatra which is conducted in Pune is very popular.

Talking about the tithi, this year, the Chaturthi tithi begins at 10:17 am on February 8 and ends 

on 12:25 am on February 9.

 

Credits: Pinkvilla

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