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 2018, Magha masam starts on January 18 and ends on February 15 as per Telugu calendar.
According to Gujarati, Marathi and Kannada calendars also Magha Month will begin on January 18 and ends on February 15.
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 2018 – starts on 16 January and ends on January 31.
Magha Masa Krishna Paksham 2018 – begins on 1 February and ends on February 15.
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 2018
Monday, 22 January 2018 – Vasant Panchami (Saraswati Pooja)
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 – Ratha Saptami
Thursday, 25 January 2018 – Bhishma Ashtami
Saturday, 27 January 2018 – Jaya Ekadashi
Sunday, 28 January 2018 – Jaya Ekadashi
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 – Magha Purnima
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 – Chandra Grahan (Lunar Eclipse)
Sunday, 11 February 2018 – Vijaya Ekadashi
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 – Maha ShivaRatri
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 – Kumbha Sankranti
Thursday, 15 February 2018 – Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse)