Margashirsha month (Margasheersh, Margashira, Margasira masam), is the ninth month as per traditional North Indian Hindi Hindu calendar. In 2016, Margashirsha month starts on November 15 and ends on December 13 according to North Indian traditional Hindi Hindu calendar followed in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, etc.
In North Indian calendars, Krishna Paksha in Margashirsha Month begins on 15th November and ends on 29 November & Shukla Paksha begins on 30 December and ends on 13 December.
In other calendars like Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu and Kannada calendars, Margashira month 2016 starts on November 30 and ends on 29 December.
As per the above calendars, Shukla Paksha of Margashirsha Month begins on 30 November and ends on 13 December but Krishna Paksha starts on 14 December and ends on 29 December.
During Margashira month Mrigasira nakshatra or Mrugashira star falls near Purnima day. Due to that this month is named as Margashirsh. This month is an auspicious month to perform Shiva puja, Vishnu puja, Dattatreya puja and Hanuman Puja.
As per Bengali calendar, Margashirsh month is also called as Agrahayana or Agrahayon. Margashirsh is the second month as per traditional Gujarati calendar.
In Tamil calendar, Margashirsha Month coincides with Karthigai Masam – Margali Masam and in Malayalam calendar it is Vrischika Masam – Dhanurmasam.
Festivals in Margashirsha Month 2016
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 – Vrischika Sankranti
Monday, 21 November 2016 – Kalabhairav Jayanti (Maha Kalbhairav Ashtami)
Friday, 25 November 2016 – Utpanna Ekadashi
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