Devotees of Lord Ganesha in Maharashtra celebrate Ganesh Jayanti or the birth anniversary of the Lord hailed as the remover of obstacles, on the Chaturthi Tithi of Magha, Shukla Paksha. Today is the Magha, Shukla Paksha Chaturthi. Interestingly, people celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in the month of Bhadrapad, and some even refer to it as the day when Lord Ganesha first came into being. But Ganesh Jayanti is different.
It is also known as Magha Shukla Chaturthi, Tilkund Chaturthi, and Varad Chaturthi. People make a conical shaped idol of Ganesha with turmeric powder mixed with water today. Sweets and delicacies made of sesame (til) are offered. Devotees keep a fast, perform puja during Madhyana, offer prayers, chant mantras and avoid looking at the Moon at night.