Magh month or Magh mahina (January – February) is the most auspicious month for devotees of Lord Shiva. Magh mahina is the 11th Hindu month. Magha maas 2013 starts on 11 February and ends on 11 March 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 2013 – starts on 11 February and ends on February 25.
Magha Maas Krishna Paksha 2013 – begins on 26 February and ends on March 11.
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 2013 dates are similar to Marathi calendar for Gujarati, Telugu and Kannada calendars.
Important Festivals dates in Magh month 2013:
Ganesh Jayanti or Til Kunda Chaturthi: 13 February 2013
Basant Panchami: 15 February 2013
Rathasaptami: 17 February 2013
Jaya Ekadasi or Bhishma Ekadasi: 21 February 2013
Maha Shivratri: 10 March 2013
It is to note that Magh month 2012 dates are – January 24 to February 21, 2012.