Karthigai masam, Karthikai masam, is the eighth month as per Tamil Calendar. In 2016, Karthigai masam starts on November 16 and ends on December 15.
This month, Karthigai, got its name from the Tamil star ‘Krithiga. Karthikai masam is the favorite month for Lord Muruga, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu as per the Tamil beliefs.
Many major festivals are celebrated in the month of Karthika in Tamil Nadu. Karthikai Deepam and Maha Bharani are the important Karthikai festivals. Karthikai Deepam 2016 date is December 12. Karthikai Deepam falls on the Full Moon or Pournami in Karthikai month.
Karthigai Deepam is celebrated with lot of gusto in Thiruvannamali Arunachaleshwara Temple. Karthikai Somavara vratham, Shiva puja on auspicious Mondays during Kartik month, is one of the major vratha during Karthikai masam.
On the day when Tamil nakshatra or star ‘Bharani falls during Karthikai masam, that auspicious day is celebrated as Bharani Deepam or Mahabharani. On this day sacred bonfires known as ‘Sokkapaanai are performed in the temples. In Karthigai masam, Ayyappa devotees start their Ayyappa Deeksha or start pilgrimage to Shabarimala.
Karthigai Masam coincides with Kartik month in Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, and Kannada calendars.
This month coincides with Vrischikam month in Malayalam calendar.
Important festivals and auspicious days in Karthigai Masam 2016 in Tamil calendar…..
16 November 2016 – Sabarimala Vratha begins, Mudavan Muzhukku, Vishnupadi
17 November 2016 – Sankatahara Chaturthi
22 November 2016 – Kalabhairavashtami
23 November 2016 – Vastu Day, Satya Sai Jayanti
25 November 2016 – Ekadashi Vratham
26 November 2016 – Pradosham
27 November 2016 – Masa Shivaratri
29 November 2016 – Amavasyai
1 December 2016 – Chandra Darshanam
3 December 2016 – Chaturthi Vratham
4 December 2016 – Shravana Vratham
5 December 2016 – Shashti Vratham
10 December 2016 – Kaishika Ekadashi Vratam
11 December 2016 – Pradosham
12 December 2016 – Kartikai Vratam, Tiruvannamalai Deepam
13 December 2016 – Sarvalaya Deepam, Paurnami Vratham, Pancharatra Deepam
Next month in Tamil calendar is – Margali Masam (Margazhi Month).