Kharmas is an inauspicious month in Hindu calendar followed in North India. In 2017, Kharmas is marked from December 16, 2016 to January 14, 2017. Another Kharmas period is from from March 15, 2017 to April 14, 2017. The period is considered to be a bad period and marriages, house warming are not held. Kharmas is followed mainly in Bihar, Jharkhand and in parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh.
Annually, Kharmas is the period from mid December to mid January and also from mid March to mid April.
It is believed that there is no sun transition during this inauspicious month called Kharmas and, as such, Hindus refrain from commencing or doing anything new and auspicious during the period. It is only after the sun starts its Uttarayan journey for the next six months after Kharmas that the period becomes pious for devout Hindus.
Kharmas is not followed in southern, western and eastern parts of India.