Til Kunda Chaturthi, or Tilkunda Jayanthi, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is also observed as Ganesh Jayanti and is an important festival in
Maharashtra and in regions having influence of Marathi Culture. In 2017, the date of Til Kunda Chaturthi is January 31. ‘Til’ is Sesame seeds and ‘Kunda’ is Jasmine flower. Kunda flower and food prepared from Til is offered to Lord Ganesh on the day.
Til Kunda Chaturthi is observed on the fourth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Magha month (January – February) as per traditional Marathi calendar.
The day is also known as Varad Chaturthi. Food prepared from Til (Sesame) is offered to Lord Ganesha and is then distributed as ‘prasad.’
Modak sweet made with Til is also referred as Kunda is some regions.