Magh masam or Magh month (January – February) is the most auspicious month for devotees of Lord Shiva. Magh month is the 11th Hindu month. In 2019, Magha masam starts on February 5 and ends on March 6 as per Telugu calendar.
According to Gujarati, Marathi and Kannada calendars also Magha Month will begin on February 5 and ends on March 6.
Magha snanam is the major ritual during Magh month. As we know Magha masam is the favorite month for Lord Shiva and to please the Lord devotees perform holy dips in holy rivers like Godavari, Krishna, Tungabhadra, etc..
The important festivals during Magh month are – Vasanta Panchami or Shri Panchami or Saraswati Panchami, Ratha Saptami or Surya Jayanti, Bhishmashtami, Bhishma Ekadashi, Bhishma Dwadashi, Maha Maghi or Magha Pournami and Maha Shivaratri.
Shukla Paksham in Magha masam 2019 – starts on 5 February and ends on February 19.
Magha Masa Krishna Paksham 2019 – begins on 20 February and ends on March 6.
It is to note that on Ratha Saptami (Surya Jayanthi) festival, at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Venkateshwara temple one-day Brahmotsavam is observed. Lord Malayappa swamy is taken to a procession on Suryaprabha vahanam and Chandraprabha vahanam. Narasimha Kalyanotsavam is observed during Bhishma Ekadashi day at Antarvedi Laxmi Narasimha swamy temple.
Major Festivals in Magha Masam 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