Dhanurmasam or Dhanumasam is known as Margazhi month as per the Tamil calendar. Dhanurmasam 2017-2018 starts on 16 December 2017 and ends on 14 January 2018.
This month is the most auspicious month the devotees who Vaishnava tradition. Dhanurmasam begins on Dhanur Sankramanam day. On this day Sun enters into Dhanu Rashi (Sagittarius zodiac sign).
In South Indian states … Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Kerala, vaishnavaite sect of people celebrate the month with worshipping Lord Vishnu and Andal (Godadevi or Neela devi). Thiruppavai, a divine text written by Andal, is recited by all devotees. Goda Devi Kalyanam is the major event celebrated during Dhanurmasam in Tirumala Tirupati.
In Srirangam Ranganatha swamy temple, Dhanurmasa utsavam is a major event. In Tamil Nadu, Dhanurmasa Vratam is observed as Pavai Nombu.
In Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka during the whole month of Dhanurmasam, Katyayani Vratam, dedicated to Goddess Katyayani, is observed. Vaikunta Ekadashi and Vaikunta Dwadasi are the major festivals or auspicious days or important events during Dhanurmasam in 2017-2018.
Important Festivals & Auspicious Days in Dhanur Masam 2017-2018
16 December 2017 – Dhanu Ravi Samkramam , Sabarimala Masa Pooja Arambham
18 December 2017 – Sri Somavara Vratam , Amavasi
22 December 2017 – Chaturthi Vrutham
24 December 2017 – Shasti
26 December 2017 – Mandala Pooja
29 December 2017 – Bhooripaksha Ekadashi
30 December 2017 – Karthika Vrutham , Pradosham
1 January 2018 – Pournami Vrutham
2 January 2018 – Pournami , Thiruvathira
8 January 2018 – Vivekananda Jayanti
12 January 2018 – Shat Tila Ekadashi
14 January 2018 – Makara Sankranti , Pradosham