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 2019, Magha maas starts on February 5 and ends on March 6 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 2019 – starts on 5 February and ends on February 19.
Magha Maas Krishna Paksha 2019 – begins on 20 February and ends on March 6.
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 2019 dates are similar to Marathi calendar for Gujarati, Telugu and Kannada calendars.
Important Festivals dates in Magh month 2019
Sunday, 10 February 2019 – Vasant Panchami (Saraswati Pooja)
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 – Ratha Saptami
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 – Bhishma Ashtami
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 – Kumbha Sankranti
Saturday, 16 February 2019 – Jaya Ekadashi
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 – Magha Purnima
Saturday, 2 March 2019 – Vijaya Ekadashi
Monday, 4 March 2019 – Maha ShivaRatri