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Tilkut Chaturti - Tilkund Chaturthi in North India - Til Kutta Chauth 2019

Tilkut Chaturti, or Tilkuti or Til Kutta Chauth, is observed on the fourth day during the waning phase of moon (krishna paksha) in Magh Month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Til Kutta Chauth 2019 date is January 24. ‘Til’ is Sesame seeds and the day is dedicated to eating delicacies made of Til. The ritual is also known as Til Kunda Chaturthi and Tilkunda Jayanti.

Til kutta Chaturti falls during the peak winter season and it is believed that eating Til helps in keeping the body fit during the harsh winter.

The festival is of great importance in Bihar, Jharkhand and in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

The delicacy eaten on the day is made by mixing sugar or jaggery with Til.

A similar festival is observed in western parts of India especially in Maharashtra and it is known as Til Kund Chaturti and is observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Chaturthi (February 9, 2019).

Tilkut Chauth Puja Vidhi

  • The puja is performed in the evening.
  • Northwest side of the house is chosen for the puja.
  • A clay Ganesh murti should be placed on pink-colored cloth.
  • Lamp should be lit using coconut oil.
  • Dhoop and Agarbatti should be of rose.
  • Flowers offered should be rose.
  • Chandan or Abeer Tilak should be applied.
  • Offer Durva Grass.
  • Prasad or bhog or naivedya should be Revadi - a sweet prepared using Til (Sesame) and Sugar. And prasad prepared is Til Kutta
  • The mantra ॐ गं गणेश्वराय विघ्ननायकाय नमः॥ should be chanted 108 times using a Rudraksh Mala.

Puja of Chandra - Moon

  • On Sighting of moon - the following puja is to be performed.
  • Take water in a bowl - then add rose water or Itar, sugar, and chandan and then perform puja of Chandra. Argya is performed.
  • The mantra ॐ श्रीं चन्द्राय सकलार्तिहराय नमः॥ should be chanted.
After the puja, the prasad is shared with family members.

Til Kutta Recipe

Til (sesame) is roasted till the aroma is released. It is then allowed to cool down. Jaggery is then mixed to the til. In some places, both are grinded slowly.

Nutritional Value

Sesame is rich in 
  • manganese, 
  • copper, and 
  • calcium. I
  • It also contains vitamin B12 and vitamin E
  • Sesame along with honey or jaggery prolongs youth and beauty.
  • It also provides strength and energy.
Rich in calcium, phosphorus and iron.