Magh Purnima is the full moon day in the Hindu month of Magh (January – February). Magha Poornima 2012 date is February 2. Magha, or Maghi, is month during which the famous Kumbh Mela and the annual Magh Mela takes place at Sangam in Prayag or Allahabad. The day is considered highly auspicious by the Hindu devotees and thousands of people converge at Sangam in Allahabad to take a dip in the holy waters.
It is believed that Vishwamitra II performed the ritual bath during the Kumbh Mela on a on a Magh Purnima in 2382 BCE. Magh Purnima is an important bathing date during the Kumbh Mela and the Magh Mela.
Maghi Purnima usually comes at the end of Magh month and it usually signals the end of the Kumbh Mela. Most Kalpvasis start their return journey from Sangam on this day.
Another major event during Magh Purnima is the Baneshwar Fair. It is held at the confluence of Mahi, Som and Jhakham Rivers in Banswara District in Rajasthan. Tribals and other communities from Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat gather here to pay homage to the dead ancestors and relatives.