Malmas 2020 Dates and Significance: The ongoing Hindu year has Adhik Maas, or Adhik Ashwin which is also known as Purushottam Mass or Malmas. This month is extra in the Hindu calendar to keep the solar and lunar calendars aligned. Purushottam Maas is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it should be noted that Adhik Maas or Malmas reoccurs every 32.5 months. This year, Malmas started from September 18 and will go on till October 16th ahead of Navratri.
Malmas 2020 Dates
As mentioned earlier, Adhik Maas is variable and occurs every 32.5 months. In 2018, Adhik Jyaistha, the extra month after Jyaistha was observed from May 16 to June 13 and in 2020, the extra month after Ashwin, Adhik Ashwin started from September 18 and will go on till October 16.
Adhik Maas Significance
Adhik Maas, or Adhik Ashwin which is also known as Purushottam Mass or Malmas. This month is extra in Hindu calendar to keep the solar and lunar calendars aligned. Purushottam Maas is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The month is also called Adhik Ashwin because it is the extra month that falls after Ashwin. The month is a time for prayer, fasting, charity and self-improvement.
The solar year is made up to 365 days and about 6 hours and the lunar year is made up to 354 days. Hence, there is a gap of 11 days, 1 hour, 31 minutes, and 12 seconds between the lunar and the solar years. However, there will be two new moons in this month and a 30 days gap between Pitru Paksha and Devi Paksha because of which Navratri will begin on October 17.
Why is Adhik Maas considered inauspicious?
Adhik Maas is also called Malimmach or Mala Maas, which means unclear month. This month is considered inauspicious and no occasion are celebrated at this time. Weddings, Business ventures, house warming parties are not conducted at this time. People try to involve themselves in prayer, fasting, charity, and self-improvement.