Magh Mela is observed during Magh month and Falgun month up to nearly 45 days. In 2018, Magh Mela begins on January 2 and ends on January 31.
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 2018 dates January & February: Magh Mela at Sangam Prayag in Allahabad:
Magh Mela starts on Paush Purnima (2 January 2018). Other auspicious bathing dates are Makar Sankranti on January 14 & 15, January 12 (Shattila Ekadashi), 16 January 2018 (Mauni Amavasya), 22 January 2018 (Basant Panchami), Achala Saptami or Rath Saptami (24 January 2018) and Maghi Purnima on 31 January 2018.
Officially though, Mela administration considers the last bathing of Maha Shivratri as the closing of the mela. The Maha Shivratri bathing shall commence on 14 February 2018.
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. The Magh Mela 2017 will end on February 24 (Mahashivratri).