Margazhi masam or Margali masam or Margali maasa is the ninth month in traditional Tamil calendar. In 2017-2018, Margazhi month starts on 16 December 2017 and ends on 13 January 2018.
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 2017-2018
16 December 2017 – Shadasheeti Punyakalam , Sabarimala Nada Thurappu , Masa Shivaratri , Dhanu Sankranti
18 December 2017 – Sri Somavara Vratam , Amavasai
22 December 2017 – Chaturthi Vratham , Thiruvona Vratham
24 December 2017 – Shashti Vratham
26 December 2017 – Mandala Pooja
29 December 2017 – Putrada Ekadashi
30 December 2017 – Karthikai Vratham , Pradosham
1 January 2018 – Pournami Viratam
2 January 2018 – Pournami
5 January 2018 – Sankatahara Chaturthi
8 January 2018 – Vivekanandha Jayanti
12 January 2018 – Shat Tila Ekadashi
13 January 2018 – Bogi Pandigai