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Telugu Kartika Masa 2018 – Telugu Kartik Month in 2018 in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

Kartik Masa is the eighth month in a traditional Hindu Telugu calendar followed in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Kartika Masa 2018 is from November 8 to December 8. The month is dedicated both Shiva and Vishnu and people perform various rituals, vratas and austerities. Nagula Chavithi one of the most important rituals dedicated to Nagas or Snakes in Andhra Pradesh is observed in this month.

Special rituals and fasting are observed on Mondays in Kartik Month.

In Hinduism, Mondays are generally dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. But the Mondays in the month of Shravan and Kartik are considered special by Lord Shiva devotees.

Somvar (Monday) gets its name from one of thousand names of Lord Shiva – Someshwara. The crescent moon (Soma) on the matted locks of Shiva gives him the name Someshwara.

It is believed that the moon observed Somavara Vratam to escape from the curse of Daksha and to get the blessings from Lord Shiva and a spot in His matted locks.

Visiting Shiva Temples

  • All Shiva temples observe special pujas and rituals in the month. 
  • Sri Rajarajeshwara Temple at Vemulawada in Telangana attracts a million devotees during the month.
  • Visiting five temples of Shiva Pancharamlau or Pancharama is performed in the month.
An important prayer chanted in the month is the Damodarashtakam

Know about the special rituals and how to observe Kartik Mondays here - rituals and fasting are observed on Mondays in Kartik Month.

Telugu Kartika Masa Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha
Kartika Masa Telugu calendar 2018 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from November 8 to November 23.
Telugu Kartik Masam 2018 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from November 24 to December 7, 2018.

Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Telugu Kartika Masa are:
Prabodini Ekadasi – November 19
Uttpati Ekadasi – December 3

Pradosh Fasting Dates in Telugu Kartika Masa are:
Pradosh – November 20
Pradosh – December 4

Sankatahara Chavithi dedicated to Vinayaka in Kartika Masa 2018 is on November 26 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 9:07 PM – Indian Standard Time.

Purnima in Telugu Kartika Masa 
Kartik Purnima or Full moon day is on November 23, 2018. The Purnima begins at 12:35 PM on November 22 and ends at 11:46 AM on November 23. Tripurari Purnima is observed on the day. Kartik Snan ends. Tulsi Puja ends. Purnima Vrat is on November 22. Bhishma Panchak Vrat also ends on the day.  Kartik Snana ends on November 23.

Amavasi in Telugu Kartika Masa 
Kartik Amavasya or No moon day is  on December 7. The Amavasi begins at 12:01 PM on December 6 and ends at 12:18 PM on December 7.

The dates of important festivals and auspicious days in Telugu Kartika Masa are:
November 8  – Bali Padyami
November 9 - Yama Dwitiya
November 10 - Bhagini Tritiya
November 11 – Nagula Chavithi
November 12 – Trilochana Gauri Vratam
November 12 – Naga Panchami
November 13 – Naga Shasti
November 19 to November 23 – Bhishma Panchak Vrat
November 19 to November 23 – Tulsi Vivah
November 22 – Vaikunta Chaturdashi
November 23 - Kartik Purnima / Tripurai Purnima
November 30 - Kalbhairav Ashtami

Note - Kartik month in North Indian calendars began on October 25 and ends on November 23, 2018.

Note – Kartik Month in Marathi, Gujarati and Kannada calendar is similar to Telugu Calendar.

Next month in Telugu calendar is the Margashirsha Month.