Magha month begins as per Purnimant calendar
- Magha is the eleventh month of the Hindu Lunar calendar
- It is believed to be one of the most auspicious months
- Traditionally, people take a bath in the sacred waters of the Ganga, the Yamuna and other holy rivers during Magha Maas
Magha, the eleventh Hindu month, has begun as per the Purnimant calendar. This calendar is followed by people who hail from the northern parts of India. Magha is hailed as one of the most sacred and auspicious months. During this month, people follow the tradition of taking a bath in the sacred waters of the Ganga and the other holy rivers. It is also believed to be a month ideal for performing austerities and spiritual awakening. Like other months, Magha is also known for special days and festivals. Check out the list of festivals in Magha Maas.
Magha 2021 festival list
Sakat Chauth – January 31
Devotees of Lord Ganesha keep a day-long fast from sunrise to moonrise on Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi every month. The Chaturthi of Magha, Krishna Paksha is known as Sakat Chauth, Til Chauth or Mahi Chauth.
Vivekananda Jayanti – February 4
Swami Vivekananda Jayanti is observed on the Saptami Tithi, Krishna Paksha in the month of Magha. This date concurs with the fourth day of February as per the Gregorian calendar this year.
Shattila Ekadashi and Jaya Ekadashi – February 7 and February 23
The Ekadashi (eleventh day) of Magha, Krishna Paksha, is referred to as Shattila Ekadashi and the Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha is known as Jaya Ekadashi. On this day, devotees of Lord Vishnu observe a fast and break it on the next day, i.e. the Dwadashi Tithi.
Pradosh Vrat – February 9 and February 24
Devotees of Lord Shiva keep a vart on the Trayodashi Tithi of every Lunar fortnight. They keep a day-long fast and perform puja during Pradosh Kaal (one-and-a-half-hours before and after sunset).
Magha Amavasya – February 11
The Amavasya Tithi of Magha falls on February 11 this year. It is an ideal day for paying homage to the deceased ancestors by performing the Shradh and Tarpan rituals.
Magha Navratri begins – February 12
Devotees of Goddess Durga celebrate Navratri four times a year. One of the Navratris falls during Magha. This year, Magha Navratri festivities will begin on February 12.
Kumbha Sankranti – February 12
The Sun shall transit from the Makar (Capricorn) to the Kumbh (Aquarius).
Vinayaka Chaturthi – February 15
Devotees of Lord Ganesha shall observe a fast and perform puja during Madhyana (noon) on Vinayaka Chaturthi.
Vasant Panchami – February 16
Vasant Panchami marks the beginning of the Spring season. Moreover, it is a day dedicated to Devi Saraswati, the Goddess of learning, arts and music.
Magha Purnima – February 27
The full moon day of Magha is deemed auspicious. Devotees take a bath in the holy waters of the Ganga, the Yamuna and other sacred rivers. Some people even organise Satyanarayan Puja while others observe a fast from sunrise to moonrise.