Hindu Festivals in Magha Month

Magha is the eleventh month in a traditional Hindu calendar. In the Gregorian calendar, Maagh masa corresponds to mid January – mid February.  There are numerous Hindu festivals celebrated on this month. According to Vaishnava calendar, Madhava (form of Lord Vishnu) is regarded as the deity of Magha masam. 

Festivals in Hindu Magha Month

1) Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri is the most important festival celebrated in the month of Magha. The festival is celebrated in reverence of Lord Shiva. Sivaratri, which literally means the Night of Shiva, celebrates the divine marriage of Shiva and Godeess Parvati. 

2) Vasant Panchami

Vasant Panchami or Basant Panchami is celebrated on the 5th day of the Shukla paksha in the Hindu month of Magh. The festival is celebrated as Saraswati Puja and is also known as Sree Panchami. In Sufi shrines the festival is observed as Sufi Basant. In Punjab region the fesival is observed as Basant Kite Festival. 

3) Ratha Saptami

Ratha Saptami is celebrated on the 7th day in the Shukla paksha of the Hindu month of Magha. The day marks the Sun’s movement towards the northern hemisphere. Ratha Saptami is celebrated as Surya Jayanti. 

4) Magh Mela

Magh Mela, also known as mini Kumbh Mela, is an important Hindu ritual organized on the month of Maagh every year in North India. The mela is held on the banks of Sangam – the confluence of three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswai. People take holy snan on auspicious dates in Magh month. 

Hindu Festivals in Magha Month Maagh masa


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