Varad Chaturti, or Varad Til Chaturthi, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesh and is observed on the fourth day of the Shukla Paksha of Magh month (January – February) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in
Maharashtra. In 2017, the date of Varad Chaturthi is January 31. The day is also observed as Ganesha Jayanti and Til Kund Chaturthi. Some people observe a fast on the day.
Ganesha devotees take bath on the day after applying Til paste (Sesame seed paste). After the bath, devotees offer special pujas and prayers to Lord Ganesha. Fasting during daytime is also undertaken by some devotees.
For Kashmiri Pandits, Varad Chaturthi is the fourth day of Shukla Paksha (the bright half) of every lunar month falling on a Saturday or Tuesday. It is also dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is also known as Shiva Chaturthi.