Kartika masam is the holiest month for Hindus as it is favorite month for Lord Shiva and Vishnu. It is the 8th month in Telugu and Kannada Panchanga. In 2017, Karthika Masam begins on 20 October and ends on 18 November as per the Hindu traditional calendars followed in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.
Many major festivals are celebrated during the month of Karthik. Karthika Somavara vratam is an auspicious vratham dedicated Lord Shiva.
In some places, Kartik month is dedicated to Lord Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva. Lord Kartik is also called as Skanda, Subramanya or Shanmukha. During this month, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, and Lord Kartik are worshipped. Many important and major festivals are celebrated during the Kartik month.
Shukla Paksham in Karthika masam begins on 20 October and ends on 4 November.
Krishna Paksham in Kartika Masam beigns on 5 November and ends on 18 November.
Important festivals and auspicious days in Kartik Month 2017 as per Telugu & Kannada Calendars
Friday, 20 October 2017 – Govardhana Puja
Saturday, 21 October 2017 – Bhaginihastha Bhojanam
Monday, 30 October 2017 – Kamsa Vadha
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 – Devutthana Ekadashi
Wednesday, 1 November 2017 – Tulasi Vivah
Saturday, 4 November 2017 – Kartika Purnima
Friday, 10 November 2017 – Kalabhairav Jayanti (Maha Kalbhairav Ashtami)
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 – Utpanna Ekadashi
Thursday, 16 November 2017 – Vrischika Sankranti
Saturday, 18 November 2017 – Karthika Amavasya