Kartik Month (Kartik Mahina, Karthika Masam) is the eight month as per Hindu calendar. In 2013, Kartik Month begins on October 19 and ends on November 17 as per North Indian Hindi Calendar followed in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.
Kartik Month is the first month in Gujarati calendar and it marks the Gujarati New Year (Bestu Varsh & Nutan Baras). 2013 Kartik Sud 1 marks the beginning of Vikram Samvat 2070 Year in Gujarati panchang.
In 2013, Kartik Month begins on 4th November 2013 and ends on 2nd December as per Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada & Telugu & Goa calendars.
Karva Chauth, Ahoi Ashtami, Dhanteras, Diwali, Diwali Lakshmi Puja, Govardhan Puja, Annakut, Bhai Dooj, Nagula Chavithi (Nag Chaturthi), Chhath Puja, Kartik Ekadasi, Ksheerabdhi Dwadasi, Kartik Purnima, and Kartika Somavaram (Karthika Somavara Vratham – Mondays in Kartika Masam) are the major festivals and auspicious days in Kartik Month.
Kartik month coincides with Karthigai Masam in Tamil calendar and Vrischika Masam in Malayalam calendar.
Kartik Month 2012 (Karthika Masam in 2012):
Kartik month (Kartik Mahina, Karthika Masam, Karthik Maas) is the 8th month in Hindu calendar. Kartik month 2012 starts on October 30, Tuesday and ends on Wednesday, 28 November in North Indian Hindi calendars.
As per Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, and Telugu calendars, Kartik month 2012 begins on 14 November, Wednesday and ends on Thursday, 13 December 2012.
Kritika nakshatram falls during Purnima or Full Moon in the month, hence it is known as Kartik month. Kartik month Kartika month is one of the four holy months in Hinduism. It is very auspicious to worship Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Kartik or Subramanya swamy. Kartika Masa vratam or Kartik Maas vrat is observed in the month. Devotees observe fasting on some auspicious days in Kartik mahina and offer special pujas to the Lord.
Kartika Somavara vratam is one of the popular vrathams observed on Mondays in Kartik month in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. In North India, Lord Shiva is specially worshipped on Mondays in Shravan month (Shravan Somvar vrat).
Many important festivals are celebrated in Kartik month such as Karwa Chouth, Ahoi Ashtami, Diwali, Diwali Lakshmi Puja, Gujarati New Year (Kartik Sud 1), Dhanteras, Nagula Chavithi (Nag Chaturthi), Chhat Puja, Tulasi Puja, and Kartik Purnima.
Chardham Yatra, the pilgrimage to holy shrines such as Gangotri temple, Yamunotri temple, Badrinath temple, and Kedarnath temple, is concluded during Kartik month as per North Indian Hindi calendar.
The last five days in Shukla Paksha in Kartik month are very auspicious. Panchak or Panchaka vratham is observed during there five days. It starts on Kartik Shukla Ekadashi and ends on Kartik Purnima.
In Gujarati calendars, Kartik month is the first month and Kartik Sud 1 marks the beginning of Gujarati New Year or Vikram Samwat 2069 samvatsar (2012 – 2013).