Margashira masam or Margasira month is the ninth month as per Telugu calendar. In 2018-2019, Margashira masam begins on December 8 and ends on 6 January 2019.
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 2018 starts on December 8 and ends on December 22.
Krishna Paksham or bahula paksham in Telugu Margasira masam 2018 begins on December 23 and ends on January 6, 2019.
The similar calendar is followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat & Karnataka.
Auspicious Days & Important Festivals in Margashira Masam 2018-19
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 – Vivah Panchami
Thursday, 13 December 2018 – Margashira Lakshmivaram Vratham
Sunday, 16 December 2018 – Dhanu Sankranti
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 – Mokshada Ekadashi
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 – Gita Jayanti
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 – Mokshada Ekadashi
Thursday, 20 December 2018 – Margashira Lakshmivaram Vratham
Saturday, 22 December 2018 – Margashirsha Purnima
Saturday, 22 December 2018 – Dattatreya Jayanti (Datta Jayanti)
Thursday, 27 December 2018 – Margashira Lakshmivaram Vratham
Tuesday, 1 January 2019 – Saphala Ekadashi
Thursday, 3 January 2019 – Margashira Lakshmivaram Vratham
Saturday, 5 January 2019 – Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse)
It is to note that according to North Indian calendars, Margashirsha month begins on November 24 and ends on December 22.