Magh masam or Magh month (January – February) is the most auspicious month for devotees of Lord Shiva. Magh month is the 11th Hindu month. In 2016, Magha masam starts on 9 February and ends on 9 March as per Telugu calendar.
According to Gujarati, Marathi and Kannada calendars also Magha Month will begin on 9 February and ends on 9 March.
Magha snanam is the major ritual during Magh month. As we know Magha masam is the favorite month for Lord Shiva and to please the Lord devotees perform holy dips in holy rivers like Godavari, Krishna, Tungabhadra, etc..
The important festivals during Magh month are – Vasanta Panchami or Shri Panchami or Saraswati Panchami, Ratha Saptami or Surya Jayanti, Bhishmashtami, Bhishma Ekadashi, Bhishma Dwadashi, Maha Maghi or Magha Pournami and Maha Shivaratri.
Shukla Paksham in Magha masam 2016 – starts on 9 February and ends on February 22.
Magha Masa Krishna Paksham 2016 – begins on 23 February and ends on March 9.
It is to note that on Ratha Saptami (Surya Jayanthi) festival, at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Venkateshwara temple one-day Brahmotsavam is observed. Lord Malayappa swamy is taken to a procession on Suryaprabha vahanam and Chandraprabha vahanam. Narasimha Kalyanotsavam is observed during Bhishma Ekadashi day at Antarvedi Laxmi Narasimha swamy temple.
Major Festivals in Magha Masam 2016
9 February 2016 – Chandra Darshanam
10 February 2016 – Vasavi Mata Atmarpana Dinotsavam
11 February 2016 – Ganesh Jayanti, Tila Chaturthi, Kunda Chaturthi, Shanta Chaturthi, Sri Panchami, Madana Panchami, Vasantotsava Arambham
Friday, 12 February 2016 – Vasant Panchami (Saraswati Pooja)
Saturday, 13 February 2016 – Kumbha Sankranti
Sunday, 14 February 2016 – Ratha Saptami
Monday, 15 February 2016 – Bhishma Ashtami
Thursday, 18 February 2016 – Jaya Ekadashi, Bhishma Ekadashi, Bhishma Panchaka Vrata, Tilapadma Vratham, Antarvedi Theertham
Friday, 19 February 2016 – Bhishma Dwadashi, Varaha Dwadashi, Somapadam
Saturday, 20 February 2016 – Shani Trayodashi, Shani Pradosham, Vishwakarma Jayanti
Monday, 22 February 2016 – Magha Purnima
26 February 2016 – Sankashti Chaturthi
Saturday, 5 March 2016 – Vijaya Ekadashi
Monday, 7 March 2016 – Maha ShivaRatri
Wednesday, 9 March 2016 – Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse)