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Vrishchika Masam 2018 – Malayalam Vrishchikam Month in Kerala in 2018

Vrishchikam, or Vrishchika Masam, is the fourth month in a traditional Malayalam calendar and is a highly auspicious month. Vrishchika Masam 2018 begins on November 17 and ends on December 15. The 41-day Sabarimala Manadalam Kalam and Vratam begin from the first day of the month. Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple opens on the day for the two-month long annual pilgrimage season.

Vrischikam 1 is known as Mandala Kala Arabham or beginning of the Sabarimala season.

Thousands of devotees abstain from non-vegetarian food and observe certain austerities in the Vrishchika Masam mostly dedicated to Lord Ayyappa.

Some of the other important auspicious days in the month include Triprayar EkadasiGuruvayoor Ekadasi and Trikarthika.

The corresponding month in Tamil Calendar is Kartik or Karthigai.

Vrishchika Masam 2018 Ekadasi
November 19 (Guruvayur Ekadasi)
December 3 (Triprayar Ekadasi)

Vrishchika Masam 2018 Pradosham
November 20
December 4

Important festivals include:
November 23 - Chakulathukavu Pongala
November 23 - Kadampuzha Prathishta
November 23 - Kumaranallur Karthika
Trikartika - November 23
Vaikathashtami - November 30
Narayaneeya Dinam in Guruvayur - December 14

Amavasi and Pournami
Pournami, or full moon day, on November 23
Amavasai is on December 7