Ganesh Jayanti 2017 is being observed on Tuesday, January 31. It is the birthday or birth anniversary of Hindu Lord Ganesha and is also known as Magha Shukla Chaturthi, Tilkund Chaturthi and Varad Chaturthi. It is believed that on this particular day, Lord Ganesha reached Earth for the first time. Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is considered as the God of Beginnings. It is said that Lord Ganesha was created out of sandalwood paste by Goddess Parvati. This auspicious Ganesh Jayanti day is a Hindu festival, falling on the Shukla Chaturthi during the Magha Lunar Month. So, the Maghi Ganesh Jayanti is celebrated on the Shukla Paksha Chaturthi day, the fourth day of the waxing moon phase. Also Read - 'Shame on You': Outrage on Twitter After Rihanna Poses Topless Wearing Lord Ganesha Necklace

On Maghi Ganesh Jayanti 2017, devotees will also celebrate a Palkhi Yatra in Pune, Maharashtra. Lord Ganesha is worshipped on this day, and Shodashopachar Puja is conducted. Devotees further prepare special dishes for the naivedya that is prasad. The food items are prepared with til or sesame, hence the occasion of Ganesh Jayanti is also known as Til Kund Chaturthi or Tila Kunda Chavithi. Also Read - Rihanna's Savage Topless Photo With Ganesha Pendant Sparks Massive Row. Deets Inside

Here we have the auspicious muhurat timings for Maghi Ganesh Jayanti: Also Read - Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Here's How You Can Celebrate The Ganpati Festival in An Eco-Friendly, Socially-Distant Way

Ganesha Jayanti Puja Muhurat = 11:44 to 13:59
Duration = 2 Hours 14 Mins
On 31st, Time to Avoid Moon Sighting = 09:28 to 21:41
Duration = 12 Hours 12 Mins
Chaturthi Tithi Begins = 04:43 on 31/Jan/2017
Chaturthi Tithi Ends = 03:41 on 1/Feb/2017

On the day of Maghi Ganesh Jayanti, devotees worship Lord Ganesha’s statue, which is made up of turmeric and sindoor powder. This day is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and zeal by all Ganesh bhakts. Here are some powerful mantras, which one must chant and seek Lord Ganesha’s divine blessings on Ganesh Jayanti 2017.

1. “OM SHRI BHRAMNASPATAYE PARVATI PUTRAAY MANGAL MURTAYE GANAPATAYE
VISHWA GHANA PRANAY SARVA VIGHNA NIVARKAY NAMO NAMAHA”.

2. श्री गणेश आवाहनं मन्त्र श्लोक
Tadaadau shri vighneshvar poojam karishye
तदादौ श्री विघ्नेश्वर् पूजां करिष्ये

3. Abhipsitaartha siddhyarthan poojito yah surairapi.

4. sarva vighnachchidetasmai ganaadhipataye namah.

5. om ganaaanaam tvaa ganapatim havaamahe,

6. kavimkavinaam upamashravastavam |

7. Jyeshtaraajam brahmanaam brahmaanaspta

8. aa nah shrunvannutibhissida saadanam ||

9. Shri maha ganapataye namah|

10. Vighneshvara mahabhaaga sarva loka namaskrutah

11. mayaarabdhamidam karma,nirvighnam kuru sarvadaa.|

12. aa brahmalokaadsheshaatalokaalokaparvataat

13. Ye vasanti dvijadevaha, tebhyo nityam namo namah.

14. namo namo ganeshaya namaste shiva sunave|

15. A vidhnam kurume  deva namaamitvaam ganaadhipa.

16. Shri maha ganapataye namah : Prarthanaam samarpayaami.

Maghi Ganesh Jayanti is different from Ganesh Chaturthi which is celebrated in the month of Bhaadrapada according to the Hindu calendar. Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated for 10 days which ends on the fourteenth day of the fortnight. We wish everyone a very happy Maghi Ganesh Jayanti! Om Shri Ganeshay Namah.