Magh month or Magh mahina (January – February) is the most auspicious month for devotees of Lord Shiva. Magh mahina is the 11th Hindu month. In 2017, Magha maas starts on January 28 and ends on February 26 as per Marathi calendar.
Magh Snan is the most auspicious ritual observed during Magh mahina in Nashik and some other river bank areas in Maharashtra.
Magh Navratri, one of the Gupt Navratri, is celebrated in Magh month in some ancient temples in Maharashtra. Ganesh Jayanti or Tilkund Chaturthi is another major festival celebrated in Magh mahina by Marathi people. This festival is also known as Vara Chaturthi or Magha Ganpati Chouth.
Shukla Paksha in Magha maas 2017 – starts on 28 January and ends on February 10.
Magha Maas Krishna Paksha 2017 – begins on 11 February and ends on February 26.
Magh Shukla Panchami is celebrated as Basant Panchami or Vasant Panchami which is very auspicious for Saraswati Puja. Rathasaptami or Surya Jayanti is observed on Magha Shukla Saptami. Bhishmashtami, Bhishma Ekadashi or Jaya Ekadasi and Bhishma Dwadasi are other auspicious days in Magh mahina. Maha Shivratri is the most celebrated Hindu festival in Magh month.
It is to note that the similar calendar is followed in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka. Hence Magh month 2017 dates are similar to Marathi calendar for Gujarati, Telugu and Kannada calendars.
Important Festivals dates in Magh month 2017
Wednesday, 1 February 2017 – Vasant Panchami (Saraswati Pooja)
Friday, 3 February 2017 – Ratha Saptami
Saturday, 4 February 2017 – Bhishma Ashtami
Tuesday, 7 February 2017 – Jaya Ekadashi
Friday, 10 February 2017 – Magha Purnima
Friday, 10 February 2017 – Chandra Grahan (Lunar Eclipse)
Sunday, 12 February 2017 – Kumbha Sankranti
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 – Vijaya Ekadashi
Friday, 24 February 2017 – Maha ShivaRatri
Sunday, 26 February 2017 – Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse)