Kartik Month in 2008 – Kartik Mahina in Hindu Calendar

Kartik Maas (Month) is the eighth lunar Hindu month in the traditional calendar followed by Hindus in North India. This calendar is followed mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh. Kartik month is also considered to be one of the holiest months in Hindu calendar and millions of devotees take a holy bath in Ganga and other holy rivers. In 2008, Kartik month begins on October 15 and ends on November 14. Diwali, Lakshmi Puja and Bhai Dooj are some of the important festivals in Kartik mahina.

The greatness of the Kartik month is mentioned in the Uttar Khanda of Padma Puran. The month is considered holy because it is believed that Lord Vishnu took Matsya Avatar in this month to restore the Vedas. Taking bath (Snan) in holy rivers in this month is considered highly auspicious. The full moon day in Kartik month is observed as Dev Diwali in remembrance of Lord Shiva killing demon Tripura.

In the calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Kartik Month begins on October 29. Kartik, also known as Kartak, is the first month in Gujarati Calendar and the Gujarati New Year (Anakut day) is celebrated on this day.