Pushya Month, also known as Paush mahina, Poush maas or Posh mahina, is the 10th month in traditional Hindu panchangam. In 2009-2010, Paush month or Posh mahina starts on December 17, 2009 and ends on January 15, 2010 as per Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada and Telugu calendars. Poush maas is considered as inauspicious month as per Hindu astrology. But it has a great significance for spiritual practice and observance of vrata.
Paush mahina according to North Indian panchang starts on December 3, 2009 and ends on December 31, 2009. Paush Navratri, also known as Shakambari Navratri, is celebrated during Paush mahina in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka. Pushya masam is known as Margali masam or Margazhi masam in Tamil calendar. This is the most auspicious month for Tamil and other South Indian vaishnava sect of people. Pavai Nombu or Magali Nonbu or Dhanurmasa vratham is observed during the month.
As per Kannada, Telugu, Marathi and Gujarati calendars:
Pushya Krishna Paksh begins on December 17, 2009 and ends on December 31, 2009
Pushya Shukla Paksh begins on January 1, 2010 and ends on January 15, 2010.
Vaikunta Ekadashi or Mukkoti Ekadashi, Vaikunta Dwadasi, Bhogi and Makara Sankranthi are the main festivals during the month of Pushya. On Paush Purnima day, December 31, 2009, Pakshik Chandra Grahan (Partial Lunar Eclipse) will take place which will be partially visible in South Indian regions like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Konkan regions.