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Margashirsha is the ninth month of the Hindu calendar. There are basically two ways that Hindu months are referred to. It is based on the day the month begins with. There is a Purnimant calendar in which the month ends with a Purnima and begins with another Purnima. It is vice-versa in the other, the Amant calendar. While the Purnimant calendar is followed in most of the Northern regions of India, it is the Amant calendar that the southern states mostly adhere to. However, the difference is seen only in the names of the months; all festivals fall on the same dates.
Margashirsha will begin from 24 November 2018 and will continue till 22 December 2018.
Here is the list of festivals falling in the month of November-December 2018. Take a look.
1. Kaalbhairav Jayanti
Kaalbhairav Jayanti refers to the day when Lord Kaalbhairav was born. Lord Kaalbhairav is another fierce form of Lord Shiva. It is also known as Bhairav Ashtami, Bhairava Jayanti and Kala-Bhairava Ashtami. It is said that the one who worships Lord Shiva on this day stays blessed and protected from all forms of negative energies. Kaalbhairav Jayanti shall be observed on 29 November 2018.
2. Utpanna Ekadashi
Ekadashi refers to the eleventh day of a fortnight. There are two fortnights in a month; hence, there are two ekadashis as well. Utpanna Ekadashi will fall on 22 December 2018. The legend associated with this day tells us how all the Ekadashis began to be considered more auspicious than many other days of the months. An Ekadashi fast for Lord Vishnu is observed on this day, which shall fall on 3 December this year.
3. Vivah Panchami
Vivah Panchami is the fifth day of the fortnight. This day marks the day when Lord Ram and Goddess Sita got married. Hindu devotees celebrate the festival with huge religious fervour. This year the festival will be celebrated on 12 December.
4. Gita Jayanti
Celebrated on the eleventh day of the waxing phase of the moon, Gita Jayanti is the day when Bhagvad Gita was imparted by Lord Krishna to Arjuna. The most widely known literature of the world, Bhagvad Gita literally means the song of the universe. It falls on the Ekadashi during Shukla Paksha in the month of Margashirsha. This year it will be observed on 19 December 2018. it is also known as Mokshada Ekadashi.
5. Dattatreya Jayanti
It is the birth anniversary of the Hindu deity Lord Dattatreya. Lord Dattatreya was the combined form of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Dattatreya Jayanti falls every year on the Purnima of the Margashirsha month. This year it will be observed on 22 December 2018.
6. Annapurna Jayanti
Annapurna day is meant to celebrate the birth anniversary of Goddess Annapurna, the Goddess of nourishment. It is believed that she was the incarnation of Goddess Parvati. Celebrated according to different traditions and rituals, it is mainly the womenfolk who perform the associated rituals. This year the festival will be observed on 22 December 2018.