Margashira masam or Margasira month is the ninth month as per Telugu calendar. In 2017, Margashira masam begins on November 19 and ends on 18 December.
Margashira month is considered as auspicious month for Telugu people as it is the favorite month for Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna himself says that he is the Margashiram. This month marks the beginning of Hemanta ruthu.
In North Coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh like Vizianagaram, Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam, observe Margashira Lakshmivarapu Nomu or Margashirsha Guruvara Laxmi Vrat. Guruvar (Thursday) is called as Lakshmivaram in this region. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped during the Thursdays in the month of Margashirsha.
Subramanya Shasti, Mokshada Ekadashi, Hanumath Vratham, Datta Jayanti and Dhanur Sankramana punyakalam are the major festivals during Margasira month.
Shukla Paksham in Telugu Margashira masam 2017 starts on November 19 and ends on December 3.
Krishna Paksham or bahula paksham in Telugu Margasira masam 2017 begins on December 4 and ends on December 18.
The similar calendar is followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat & Karnataka.
Auspicious Days & Important Festivals in Margashira Masam 2017
Thursday, 23 November 2017 – Vivah Panchami
Thursday, 30 November 2017 – Gita Jayanti
Thursday, 30 November 2017 – Mokshada Ekadashi
Sunday, 3 December 2017 – Margashirsha Purnima
Sunday, 3 December 2017 – Dattatreya Jayanti (Datta Jayanti)
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 – Saphala Ekadashi
Saturday, 16 December 2017 – Dhanu Sankranti
Monday, 18 December 2017 – Somvati Amavasya
It is to note that according to North Indian calendars, Margashirsha month begins on November 5 and ends on December 3.