Karthigai masam, Karthikai masam, is the eighth month as per Tamil Calendar. In 2019, Karthigai masam starts on November 17 and ends on December 16 (30 days).
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 2019 date is November 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 2019 in Tamil calendar…..
Sunday, 17 November 2019 – Vrischika Sankranti
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 – Kalabhairav Jayanti (Maha Kalbhairav Ashtami)
Friday, 22 November 2019 – Utpanna Ekadashi
Saturday, 23 November 2019 – Utpanna Ekadashi
Sunday, 1 December 2019 – Vivah Panchami
Sunday, 8 December 2019 – Mokshada Ekadashi
Sunday, 8 December 2019 – Gita Jayanti
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 – Dattatreya Jayanti (Datta Jayanti)
Thursday, 12 December 2019 – Margashirsha Purnima
Monday, 16 December 2019 – Dhanu Sankranti
Next month in Tamil calendar is – Margali Masam (Margazhi Month).
In Previous Years
In 2018, Karthigai masam starts on November 17 and ends on December 15.