Ganesh Jayanti is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha in Magh month (January – February). Ganesh Jayanti 2016 date is February 11. The day is believed to be the birthday of Lord Ganesh in many parts of
Maharashtra. The festival is also known as Til Kund Chaturthi.
Ganesh Jayanti is observed on the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Magh month.
An image of Ganesha is made from Turmeric powder or Sindhoor powder and it is worshipped. The idol is immersed in water on the fourth day. Food prepared from Til (sesame) is consumed on the day.
Ganesh Jayanti is a minor festival and should not be confused with the famous Vinayaka Chaturthi festival held in Bhadrapad month - August/September.
Interestingly, Ganesh Jayanti is also referred as winter Vinayak Chaturthi.