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 2015, Magha masam starts on 21 January and ends on 18 February as per Telugu calendar.
According to Gujarati, Marathi and Kannada calendars also Magha Month will begin on 21 January and ends on 18 February.
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 2015 – starts on 21 January and ends on February 3.
Magha Masa Krishna Paksham 2015 – begins on 4 February and ends on February 18.
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 2015
Shri Ganesh Jayanti – 23 January 2015
Vasant Panchami – 24 January 2015
Ratha Saptami – 26 January 2015
Bhishmashtami – 27 January 2015
Bhishma Ekadashi – 30 January 2015
Bhishma Dwadashi – 31 January 2015
Maghi Purnima – 3 February 2015
Maha Shivaratri – 17 February 2015