Margazhi masam or Margali masam or Margali maasa is the ninth month in traditional Tamil calendar. In 2015-2016, Margazhi month starts on 17 December 2015 and ends on 14 January 2016.
Margali masam is one of the auspicious Tamil months. During the month, temples are opened in the early morning and special pujas are performed. A popular vratham called ‘Tiruvembaavai vratham’ | Pavai Nombu is observed during the month.
Arudra Darisanam, the day on which the Thiruvaadirai star in Tamil falls, is the most auspicious day in Margali masam. In Kerala, this festival is observed as Thiruvadira. During Thiruvadira festival, a special recipe called Thiruvadira Kali is offered to Lord Shiva. On Mukkodi Ekadasi day, Lord Vishnu is offered “Sorgavasal Thirappu”.
Margazhi or Margali masam is a corresponding month to Margashirsha or Margashira masam & Poush Month (Pushya masam) of other Hindu calendars. It also corresponds to the Bengali month of Agrahayan & Poush mash. According to Malayalam calendar, Margazhi Masam coincides with Dhanur Masam.
Important Festivals & Auspicious Days in Margazhi Masam 2015-2016
Vaikunta Ekadashi – 21 December 2015 (Mukkodi Ekadashi)
Karthigai Vratham – 22 December 2015
Pradosham – 23 December 2015
Margazhi Pournami – 25 December 2015
Natarajar Abhishekam – 25 December 2015
Arudra Darshan – 26 December 2015
Sankatahara Chaturthi – 28 December 2015
Hanuman Jayanti – 9 January 2016
Margazhi Amavasai – 9 January 2016
Bhogi Pongal – 14 January 2016