Magh month or Magh maas (January – February) or Magh Mahina is the most auspicious month for devotees of Lord Shiva. Magh mahina is the 11th Hindu month in North Indian Hindi calendars. Magh month 2011 starts on 20 January 2011 and ends on 18 February 2011 as per North Indian calendars followed in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Orissa.
Magh Mela is the major event during the month in Allahabad Sangam Prayag. The important Hindu festivals like Makar Sankranti, Basant Panchami, Rath Saptami (Surya Jayanti) and Bhishma Ekadasi are observed during the month of Maghi. Magh Mela begins on Magh Pratipada or Magha Padyami day and continues till Maha Shivaratri.
Magh Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Shakti. It is one of the Gupt Navratri. The other Gupt Navratri is Ashad Navratri. Maghi Purnima Snan is the most auspicious occasion in the month of Maghi. Gangasagar Mela is also celebrated during Magh mahina during Makar Sankranti in West Bengal.
- Krishna Paksh in Magh mahina starts on 20 January 2011 and ends on 4 February 2011
- Shukla paksha in Magh month starts on 5 February 2011 and ends on 18 February 2011
It is to note that Magha month 2011 in Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati and Kannada calendars will start on February 4 and end 4 March 2011. As per Bengali calendar, Maagh month 2011 will begin on 16 January and end on 13 February 2011.