Maagham is a Sanskrit word Ma+Agham. Ma means not present and Agham means sin, evil, suffering, grief and Maagha masam is the month which is highly meritorious, auspicious and free from any sin or suffering.
Magh-snan is the most auspicious event in the holy month of magh,it is believed that if somebody take bath before the sunrise with black seaseme seed mixed water, reduces all sins and brings prosperity and helps to attain salvation in the life.Taking bath in Triveni Sangamam(three rivers Ganga,Yamuna and Saraswathi) will wash all the sins committed and no rebirth.The month is auspicious for marriages, house warming, upanayanam and Aksharabhyasam. The month is mainly significant for taking bath early in the morning before sunrise. The bath has to be taken in the river. The bath has to be started from amavasya day and continued till the whole month.Maagha masam the eleventh month as per Hindu lunar calendar is considered as an auspicious month for performing marriages, upanayanam, Gruha Pravesam, Aksharabhyasam etc.Magha masam indicates change in season taking bath in sacred places helps a body to adjust to the changing seasons.
It is believed that if somebody died in the pious month of magh,one must free from the boundage and also from the cycle of rebirth.Pujya Saint #Asaramji Bapuji always emphasize to do early bath before sunrise and do more chanting in this month. Our ancient Puranas like Vayu, Brahmanda they have mentioned the significance of taking bath in the rivers like Ganga, Yamuna etc. The days of this month begin with taking a bath and in the months of Magha, the spiritual merits are high.Charity (Danam) done during the Maagha masam are sacred and meritorious. The Main charities are Black and white sesame seeds (Thila Danam), Food (Anna Danam), Salagrama Danam, Pumpkin (Gummadikaya Danam) and swayam pakam to Brahmins.
According ancient astrology in the month of Magha, Moon moves into zodiac sign of Cancer and Sun stays in Capricorn.Taking bath in those auspicious combination of planets relieves all problems of a person.At the time of Magha Pournami(full moon day) the effect is gradually increases to peak point.