Margashirsha month (Margasheersh, Margashira, Margasira masam), is the ninth month as per traditional North Indian Hindi Hindu calendar. In 2018, Margashirsha month starts on November 24 and ends on December 22 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 24th November and ends on 7 December & Shukla Paksha begins on 8 December and ends on 22 December.
In other calendars like Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu and Kannada calendars, Margashira month 2018 starts on December 8 and ends on 6 January 2019.
As per the above calendars, Shukla Paksha of Margashirsha Month begins on 8 December and ends on 22 December but Krishna Paksha starts on 23 December and ends on 6 January 2019.
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 2018-2019
Thursday, 29 November 2018 – Kalabhairav Jayanti (Maha Kalbhairav Ashtami)
Monday, 3 December 2018 – Utpanna Ekadashi
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 – Vivah Panchami
Sunday, 16 December 2018 – Dhanu Sankranti
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 – Mokshada Ekadashi
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 – Gita Jayanti
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 – Mokshada Ekadashi
Saturday, 22 December 2018 – Margashirsha Purnima
Saturday, 22 December 2018 – Dattatreya Jayanti (Datta Jayanti)
Tuesday, 1 January 2019 – Saphala Ekadashi
Saturday, 5 January 2019 – Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse)