It is an important festival dedicated to Lord Ganesha ,especially in Maharashtra
and some parts of Kranataka,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.
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On the day of Ganesh Jayanti,in the morning,the devotees apply a seesame(til)-paste on their body and take a sacred bath with water,mixed with til seeds.Lord Ganesha image is made in a conical form by using cowdung or turmeric-sindhoor powder.Later on,Ganesha is worship in a traditional way with shodashopachar pooja and a fast is observed during worship during the day time followed by meals of 'Prasada' in the night.
The fast observed on this day is stated to enhance the name and fame of the individual.The image of Ganesha is immersed in water on the fourth day after the festival.A special food ie 'Prasada' made of Sesame ie til seeds, is offered to Ganesha and then distributed among the devotees.On the occasion of the Ganesh Jayanti celebrations, couples worship him to beget a son.
day,devotees visit Moreshwar
temple near Pune,Maharashtra.This the
first temple of Ashtavinayaka yatra.As per the legends, Lord Ganesha
finished demon Kamlasur here, riding a peacock(Mayur) and thus is known as Mayureshwar or Moreshwar. The fast
observed on this day is very fruitful.The devotes worship him to
fulfil their desires.
Ganesh Jayanti is celebrated in a big way at Gopal Ganesha
Temple,Farmagudi,Goa.Maghi Ganeshjayanti is also celebrated in a grand
way at Uran,Maharashtra in a place called 'Vinayak'. The Ganesha idol
here is more than 250 years old which was handed oever by the
Peshwas.The deity is popular by the name "Siddhi Buddhi Ganesh Uran".
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