With the second month of the year has come a long line of auspicious festivals, Magha Ganesh Jayanti being next. The festival of Ganesh Jayanti which will be is observed on February 9 this year, is marked as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is also known as Maghi Ganeshotsav or Magha Shukla Chaturthi and is observed on Shukla Chaturthi during the Magha lunar month.
Lord Ganesha is said to be Lord of wisdom and beginnings. The Jayanti of Lord Ganesha is celebrated in the month of Magha and Chaturthi popularly known as Ganesh Chaturthi is held during Bhadrapada month (August to September).
Magha Ganesh Jayanti Shubh Mahurat, time, date
Traditional Marathi Hindu lunar calendar observes Ganesh Jayanti on the fourth day of Shukla Paksha in Magh month that is the waxing phase of the moon. This year it will begin at 10:17 am on Feb 8 and will go on till 12:25 pm on Feb 9. On February 8, from 10:18 am to 09:08 pm, devotees should avoid the moon sighting as it is believed that during Ganesh Jayanti devotees should avoid it. Again, the time to prevent the moon sight on February 9, lasts for 12 hours and 18 minutes; i.e. from 09:42 am to 10:00 pm.
On this festival, an image of Lord Ganesha is made with turmeric or vermillion powder and is worshipped. Bhog is prepared with sesame seeds(Til) for Lord Ganesha and is later served among devotees as prasad. Because of the involvement of sesame seeds, the day is also called Til Kund Chaturthi. Also, the devotees take bath with water mixed with sesame seeds and by applying a paste of sesame seeds on the body. Devotees also keep fasts throughout the day and feast during the night. The idol is immersed in the water on the fourth day of the festival. Special prayers, rituals and pujas are also held at all the Ganesh Temples.
Temples to visit
On Ganesh Chaturthi, devotees visit the Moreshwar temple in Morgaon, Pune. The temple is considered to be the starting point of Ashtavinayaka – a pilgrimage of eight revered Ganesha temples. The other temples visited on the day are Siddhivinayaka in Siddhatek and Ganpatipule in Ratnagiri.