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 2014, Magha masam starts on 31 January and ends on 1 March as per Telugu calendar. According to Gujarati, Marathi and Kannada calendars also Magha Month will begin on 31 January and ends on 1 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 2014 – starts on 31 January and ends on February 14.
Magha Masa Krishna Paksham 2014 – begins on 15 February and ends on March 1.
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.
Magha maas 2013 starts on 11 February and ends on 11 March as per Telugu calendar. It is to note that Magh month 2012 dates are – January 24 to February 21, 2012.