Margashira masam or Margasira month is the ninth month as per Telugu calendar. In 2016, Margashira masam begins on November 30 and ends on 29 December 2016.
Margashira month is considered as auspicious month for Telugu people as it is the favorite month for Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna himself says that he is the Margashiram. This month marks the beginning of Hemanta ruthu.
In North Coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh like Vizianagaram, Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam, observe Margashira Lakshmivarapu Nomu or Margashirsha Guruvara Laxmi Vrat. Guruvar (Thursday) is called as Lakshmivaram in this region. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped during the Thursdays in the month of Margashirsha.
Subramanya Shasti, Mokshada Ekadashi, Hanumath Vratham, Datta Jayanti and Dhanur Sankramana punyakalam are the major festivals during Margasira month.
Shukla Paksham in Telugu Margashira masam 2016 starts on November 30 and ends on December 13.
Krishna Paksham or bahula paksham in Telugu Margasira masam 2016 begins on December 14 and ends on December 29.
The similar calendar is followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat & Karnataka.
Auspicious Days & Important Festivals in Margashira Masam 2016
Sunday, 4 December 2016 – Vivah Panchami
Saturday, 10 December 2016 – Mokshada Ekadashi
Saturday, 10 December 2016 – Gita Jayanti
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 – Margashirsha Purnima
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 – Dattatreya Jayanti (Datta Jayanti)
Thursday, 15 December 2016 – Dhanu Sankranti
Saturday, 24 December 2016 – Saphala Ekadashi
29 December 2016 – Margashira Amavasya
It is to note that according to North Indian calendars, Margashirsha month begins on November 15 and ends on December 13.