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 Panchangam. In 2018, Karthika Masam begins on 8 November and ends on 7 December as per the Hindu traditional calendars followed in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
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.
Karthika Snanam (Karthika Nadhi Snanam, Samudra Snanam), Karthika Maasa Vratham, Nakta Vratham, Kartika Deepadaana Vratham, Lakshavarthi Nomu, Akashadeepa Vratham, etc. are widely observed in Telugu states.
Govardhana Puja, Bhagini Hastha Bhojanam, Nagula Chavithi, Surya Shashti Puja, Kartika Ekadashi, Ksheerabdhi Dwadashi, Vaikunta Chaturdashi, Bhishma Panchaka Vratham, Kartik Purnima, and Kartika Somavaram (Karthika Somavara Vratham – Mondays in Kartika Masam) are the major festivals and auspicious days in Kartika Masam.
Shukla Paksham in Karthika masam begins on 8 November and ends on 23 November.
Krishna Paksham in Kartika Masam beigns on 24 November and ends on 7 December.
Important festivals and auspicious days in Kartik Month 2018 as per Telugu Calendars
Thursday, 8 November 2018 – Govardhan Puja (Gujarati New Year)
Friday, 9 November 2018 – Bhagini Hastha Bhojanam, Bhaiya Dooj (Bhai Dooj)
Saturday, 10 November 2018 – Sodari Tritiya
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 – Surya Shashti Puja
Friday, 16 November 2018 – Vrischika Sankranti
Sunday, 18 November 2018 – Kansa Vadha
Monday, 19 November 2018 – Devutthana Ekadashi (Utthana Ekadashi)
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 – Tulasi Vivaham (Tulasi Kalyanam, Radha Damodara Kalyanotsavam)
Friday, 23 November 2018 – Kartika Purnima
Thursday, 29 November 2018 – Kalabhairava Jayanti (Maha Kalbhairav Ashtami)
Monday, 3 December 2018 – Utpanna Ekadashi
7 December 2018 – Karthika Amavasya