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 2018, Magha maas starts on January 18 and ends on February 15 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 2018 – starts on 16 January and ends on January 31.
Magha Maas Krishna Paksha 2018 – begins on 1 February and ends on February 15.
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 2018 dates are similar to Marathi calendar for Gujarati, Telugu and Kannada calendars.
Important Festivals dates in Magh month 2018
Monday, 22 January 2018 – Vasant Panchami (Saraswati Pooja)
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 – Ratha Saptami
Thursday, 25 January 2018 – Bhishma Ashtami
Saturday, 27 January 2018 – Jaya Ekadashi
Sunday, 28 January 2018 – Jaya Ekadashi
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 – Magha Purnima
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 – Chandra Grahan (Lunar Eclipse)
Sunday, 11 February 2018 – Vijaya Ekadashi
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 – Maha ShivaRatri
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 – Kumbha Sankranti
Thursday, 15 February 2018 – Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse)