Chanting of Ganapti Atharvashirsham before Arti at 7 PM
Ganesh Jayanti (literally meaning the Birthday of Sri Ganesh) , also known as Magha Shukla Chaturthi or Varad Chaturthi is a popular festival particularly in the Indian states of Maharashtra and Goa, observed on the shukla paksha chaturthi day -fourth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Maagha -as per the Hindu almanac, which corresponds to the Gregorian calendar month of January/February. This festival of Ganesha is also called as the Tilo Chauth or Sakat Chauthis in Uttar Pradesh, where Ganesha is invoked on behalf of the son of a family.It is also called as Tilkund Chaturthi in Maharashtra.
According to a legend narrated by Nandi to the Sanatkumara sages, Sri Krishna was accused of stealing the Syamantaka Gem, as he saw the moon on Bhadrapad Shukla Chaturthi – which was prohibited. He then observed a fast on Magha Shukla Chaturthi and is proven innocent.
A special preparation made of til (sesame seeds) is offered to Ganesha and then distributed to the devotees as prasad for eating on this day. A fast is observed during the day time, followed by feasting in the night as a part of the rituals.
On Ganesh Jayanti, devotees flock to Ganapati temples among which , of great prominence are the eight important pilgrimage centers dedicated to Sri Ganesha in Maharashtra , called as AshtaVinayak. On the Konkan coast at Ganapatipule is situated another beautiful beach temple of Lord Ganesh , where Ganesh Jayanti is celebrated with great fervor. The Ganesha deified in this temple is popularly known as the Paschim Dwardevta (“Western sentinel god of India”).
Mandir in Irvine wishes all devotees a Shubh Ganesh Jayanti