The month of “Magh” is considered to be one of the auspicious months. Rath Sapthami, Maha Shiva Rathri, Bhishma Ashtami and Ekadashi occur in this month.
“Agh” means sin and “Magh” eradicates sin. Bathing in the river in the early hours is important in this month. On the 4 day ( shukla chaturthi) fasting is conducted and Pujas conducted for Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva. The next day being Vasanth Panchami Goddess Saraswathi Puja is done.
Magh Suddha Sapthami is “Ratha Sapthami” where in it is believed that the Sun God’s chariot (rath) takes a turn towards North. Bhisha Ashtami is the day Bhishma opted for Salvation, as he could die at will. Magh Bahula Padyami (1st day after full moon) will be Shiva Rathri where in fasting and Jagaran (without sleep) is observed in the name of Lord Shiva.. On Amavas (no moon day) pujas are conducted for ancestors.
Lamps with sesame oil are lighted in Shiva Temple which is supposed to give prosperity and drive away all sins
Aditya Hridayam ,an invocation to Lord Surya, which was recited to Lord Ram by Sage Agasthya is read right through the month
Vishnu Sahasra Nam is recited on Bhishm Ekadasi.
Abhishek is conducted for Lord Shiva on Shiva Rathri and fasting and Jagaran are observed.
Bathing in sea on Magh Purnima (full moon day) is considered auspicious.
Sesame and jaggery is consumed which is good for health and also distributing them drives away sin.
Dattura leaves are kept on the body and bath is taken
Some people abstain from non-vegetarian food during this month. Even separate vessels are used while cooking food.