Magh Mela is observed during Magh month and Falgun month up to nearly 45 days. In 2020, Magh Mela begins on January 10 and ends on February 9.
Magh Mela snan at Prayag Sangam in Allahabad has a great significance which attracts several millions of devotees to perform holy dip in divine confluence (Triveni Sangam) of holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.
Magh Mela 2020 dates January & February: Magh Mela at Sangam Prayag in Allahabad:
Magh Mela starts on Paush Purnima (10 January 2020). Other auspicious bathing dates are Makar Sankranti on January 15, January 20 (Shattila Ekadashi), 24 January 2020 (Mauni Amavasya), 30 January 2020 (Basant Panchami), Achala Saptami or Rath Saptami (1 February 2020) and Maghi Purnima on 9 February 2020.
Officially though, Mela administration considers the last bathing of Maha Shivratri as the closing of the mela. The Maha Shivratri bathing shall commence on 21 February 2020.
Magh Mela’s main ritual involves taking a holy dip at Sangam on auspicious dates. The important bathing dates for the Mela are spread over a period of nearly 45 days. The first bathing day is on the occasion of Paush Purnima. Devotees believe that taking a holy dip in Sangam during the Hindu month of Magh improves life and makes it disease free.
In 2019, Magh Mela coincided with Ardh Kumbh Mela.