Ganesh Jayanti or Lord Ganesha's Birthday, is celebrated as a big festival in India, especially, in the state of Maharashtra and it falls on the fourth day of Shukla Paksha (bright or Waxing Moon) in the Magha Month (During the month of January or February in the Gregorian Calendar). It is also known as, Magha shukla chaturthi,Tilkund chaturthi, Vinayak Chaturthi and Varad chaturthi. The Date of Ganesh Jayanti in 2011 is 7th February.
How to Celebrate Ganesh Jayanti?
On Ganesh Jayanti, generally, the devotees create an image of Ganesha (lord of wisdom and intelligence), in symbolic form using turmeric or sindhoor powder. This image/idol of Lord Ganesh is later immersed in water on the fourth day after the festival. A special preparation made of (sesame seeds) is offered to Ganesha and then distributed to the devotees as prasad for eating. Some people also observe a fast during the daytime. It is believed that this fast is observed to achieve fame, wisdom and prosperity in life.
Some devotees also take bath with water mixed with til seeds, as part of the Hindu rituals.
Famous Place for Ganesh Jayanti Pooja?
On Ganesh Jayanti, devotees like go to the Moreshwar temple in Morgaon, Pune, Maharashtra. The temple is starting and ending point of a pilgrimage of eight revered Ganesha temples called Ashtavinayaka.
Difference between Ganesh Jayanthi and Ganesh Chaturthi:
The difference between Ganesha Jayanti and Ganesha Chaturthi is that the festival of Ganesha Chaturthi falls in the month of August/September or Bhadrapada (One of the Hindu Months)