Margashirsha month (Margasheersh, Margashira, Margasira masam), is the ninth month as per traditional North Indian Hindi Hindu calendar. In 2017, Margashirsha month starts on November 5 and ends on December 3 according to North Indian traditional Hindi Hindu calendar followed in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, etc.
In North Indian calendars, Krishna Paksha in Margashirsha Month begins on 5th November and ends on 18 November & Shukla Paksha begins on 19 November and ends on 3 December.
In other calendars like Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu and Kannada calendars, Margashira month 2017 starts on November 19 and ends on 18 December.
As per the above calendars, Shukla Paksha of Margashirsha Month begins on 19 November and ends on 3 December but Krishna Paksha starts on 4 December and ends on 18 December.
During Margashira month Mrigasira nakshatra or Mrugashira star falls near Purnima day. Due to that this month is named as Margashirsh. This month is an auspicious month to perform Shiva puja, Vishnu puja, Dattatreya puja and Hanuman Puja.
As per Bengali calendar, Margashirsh month is also called as Agrahayana or Agrahayon. Margashirsh is the second month as per traditional Gujarati calendar.
In Tamil calendar, Margashirsha Month coincides with Karthigai Masam – Margali Masam and in Malayalam calendar it is Vrischika Masam – Dhanurmasam.
Festivals in Margashirsha Month 2017
Friday, 10 November 2017 – Kalabhairav Jayanti (Maha Kalbhairav Ashtami)
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 – Utpanna Ekadashi
Thursday, 16 November 2017 – Vrischika Sankranti
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