Margazhi masam or Margali masam or Margali maasa is the ninth month in traditional Tamil calendar. In 2018-2019, Margazhi month starts on 16 December 2018 and ends on 14 January 2019.
Margali masam is one of the auspicious Tamil months. During the month, temples are opened in the early morning and special pujas are performed. A popular vratham called ‘Tiruvembaavai vratham’ | Pavai Nombu is observed during the month.
Arudra Darisanam, the day on which the Thiruvaadirai star in Tamil falls, is the most auspicious day in Margali masam. In Kerala, this festival is observed as Thiruvadira. During Thiruvadira festival, a special recipe called Thiruvadira Kali is offered to Lord Shiva. On Mukkodi Ekadasi day, Lord Vishnu is offered “Sorgavasal Thirappu”.
Margazhi or Margali masam is a corresponding month to Margashirsha or Margashira masam & Poush Month (Pushya masam) of other Hindu calendars. It also corresponds to the Bengali month of Agrahayan & Poush mash. According to Malayalam calendar, Margazhi Masam coincides with Dhanur Masam.
Important Festivals & Auspicious Days in Margazhi Masam 2018-2019
16 December 2018 – Shadasheeti Punyakalam, Sabarimala Nada Thurappu, Masa Shivaratri, Dhanu Sankranti
18 December 2018 – Vaikunta Ekadashi
20 December 2018 – Pradosham
22 December 2018 – Pournami Vrutham, Pournami
23 December 2018 – Arudra Darshan
27 December 2018 – Mandala Pooja
1 January 2019 – Saphala Ekadashi
3 January 2019 – Pradosham
5 January 2019 – Amavasai
12 January 2019 – Shasti
14 January 2019 – Bogi Pandigai