Kartik Mahina is the eighth month in a lunar calendar followed by Hindus in
North India. Kartik Mahina 2010 begins on October 24 and November 21. Karva Chauth and Diwali festival is observed in this month. This calendar is followed mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh. Kartik Mahina is considered to be one of the holiest months in Hindu calendar and devotees take a holy bath in Ganga and other holy rivers known as Kartik Snan.
Kartik Month Krishna Paksha begins on October 24 and ends on November 6.
Kartik Month Shukla Paksha begins on November 7 and ends on November 21.
Other important festivals in the month are:
- Karva Chauth – October 26
- Ahoi Ashtami – October 30
- Dhanteras – November 3
- Diwali – November 5
- Lakshmi Puja – November 5
- Bhai Dhooj – November 7
It must be noted that Kartik month in calendars followed in Maharashtra,
Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka begins on November 7 and ends on December 5. Kartik, also known as Kartak, is the first month in Gujarati Calendar and the Gujarati New Year is celebrated on the first day of the month.
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.