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A groom on a horse makes his way to the venue of a wedding ceremony in the old quarters of Delhi February 20 2015.Reuters

Delhi, and its twin suburbs of Noida and Gurgaon, that constitute the National Capital Region (NCR), are often prone to be in news for the wrong reasons. From severe smog and pollution to fatal diseases caused by chikungunya and dengue-carrying mosquitoes that defy Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swacch Bharat campaign, these are just two of the problems residents of Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida have to face.

In addition, there are monster traffic jams that the region faces whenever something major happens: in July 2016, severe rains left commuters stranded in Gurgaon for hours; and in March, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was caught unawares on the road in a morning jam, though there was no downpour. Even the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, found himself at a standstill in August in the rains.

But nothing compares with the traffic jams Delhiites face when it comes to the wedding season. Despite the recent cash crunch, and the so-called slimming down of the big fat North Indian weddings, the start of the wedding season has proved that invitees are hitting the road as aggressively as before – perhaps because a free buffet saves them some precious cash anyway. Google Maps has been advertising on billboards asking people to check the traffic situation on the roads and Uber will probably start sending well-timed discount coupons soon.

And while it makes perfect sense to leave the SUV at home and take a cab, Delhiites feel it's beneath their dignity if they arrive at a wedding in their sherwanis and silks without a key to hand over to a valet.

Be that as it may, anyone who's on the road during these auspicious wedding dates, is likely to be a victim of collateral damage: even if you haven't been invited to a single wedding and are merely trying to get home to the loving spouse after a bad day with the cranky boss, you're going to be stuck too. So treat this as fair warning and save these dates for December 2016 and all of 2017: enter them into your calendar app and it could save you fuel, time and heartburn.

Auspicious Hindu wedding dates (Shubh Lagan Muhurat)

December 2016
AUSPICIOUS WEDDING DATE HINDU PANCHANG AUSPICIOUS DATE NAKSHATRA
3 December, 2016 Margashirsha Shukla Chaturthi Uttara Ashadha
4 December, 2016 Margashirsha Shukla Panchami Uttara Ashadha
8 December, 2016 Margashirsha Shukla Navami Uttara Bhadrapada, Revati
9 December, 2016 Margashirsha Shukla Dashami Revati
13 December, 2016 Margashirsha Shukla Chaturdashi Rohini, Mrigashirsha
14 December, 2016 Margashirsha Krishna Prathama Mrigashirsha
January 2017
AUSPICIOUS WEDDING DATE HINDU PANCHANG AUSPICIOUS DATE NAKSHATRA
15 January, 2017 Paush Krishna Chaturthi Magha
17 January, 2017 Paush Krishna Panchami Uttara Phalguni
20 January, 2017 Paush Krishna Ashtami Swati
22 January, 2017 Paush Krishna Ekadashi Anuradha
23 January, 2017 Paush Krishna Ekadashi Anuradha
February 2017
AUSPICIOUS WEDDING DATE HINDU PANCHANG AUSPICIOUS DATE NAKSHATRA
1 February, 2017 Magha Shukla Panchami and Shashthi Uttara Bhadrapada, Revati
2 February, 2017 Magha Shukla Shashthi Revati
11 February, 2017 Magha Krishna Prathama Magha
13 February, 2017 Magha Krishna Tritiya Uttara Phalguni
14 February, 2017 Magha Krishna Chaturthi Uttara Phalguni, Hasta
16 February, 2017 Magha Krishna Shashthi Swati
21 February, 2017 Magha Krishna Ekadashi Moola
28 February, 2017 Phalguna Shukla Dwitiya and Tritiya Uttara Bhadrapada, Revati
March 2017
AUSPICIOUS WEDDING DATE HINDU PANCHANG AUSPICIOUS DATE NAKSHATRA
1 March, 2017 Phalguna Shukla Tritiya and Chaturthi Revati
5 March, 2017 Phalguna Shukla Ashtami and Navami Rohini, Mrigashirsha
6 March, 2017 Phalguna Shukla Navami Mrigashirsha
10 March, 2017 Phalguna Shukla Chaturdashi Magha
11 March, 2017 Phalguna Shukla Chaturdashi Magha
April 2017
AUSPICIOUS WEDDING DATE HINDU PANCHANG AUSPICIOUS DATE NAKSHATRA
17 April, 2017 Chaitra Krishna Shashthi Moola
18 April, 2017 Chaitra Krishna Saptami and Ashtami Uttara Ashadha
19 April, 2017 Chaitra Krishna Ashtami Uttara Ashadha
28 April, 2017 Vaishakha Shukla Tritiya Rohini
30 April, 2017 Vaishakha Shukla Panchami Mrigashirsha
May 2017
AUSPICIOUS WEDDING DATE HINDU PANCHANG AUSPICIOUS DATE NAKSHATRA
4 May, 2017 Vaishakha Shukla Navami and Dashami Magha
6 May, 2017 Vaishakha Shukla Dwadashi Uttara Phalguni
7 May, 2017 Vaishakha Shukla Dwadashi and Trayodashi Uttara Phalguni, Hasta
8 May, 2017 Vaishakha Shukla Trayodashi Hasta
12 May, 2017 Vaishakha Krishna Dwitiya Anuradha
14 May, 2017 Vaishakha Krishna Chaturthi Moola
16 May, 2017 Vaishakha Krishna Panchami and Shashthi Uttara Ashadha
21 May, 2017 Vaishakha Krishna Ekadashi Uttara Bhadrapada
22 May, 2017 Vaishakha Krishna Ekadashi and Dwadashi Uttara Bhadrapada, Revati
26 May, 2017 Jyeshtha Shukla Prathama and Dwitiya Rohini, Mrigashirsha
27 May, 2017 Jyeshtha Shukla Dwitiya Mrigashirsha
June 2017
AUSPICIOUS WEDDING DATE HINDU PANCHANG AUSPICIOUS DATE NAKSHATRA
2 June, 2017 Jyeshtha Shukla Navami Uttara Phalguni
3 June, 2017 Jyeshtha Shukla Navami and Dashami Uttara Phalguni, Hasta
5 June, 2017 Jyeshtha Shukla Dwadashi Swati
8 June, 2017 Jyeshtha Shukla Chaturdashi Anuradha
10 June, 2017 Jyeshtha Krishna Prathama and Dwitiya Moola
11 June, 2017 Jyeshtha Krishna Dwitiya Moola
12 June, 2017 Jyeshtha Krishna Tritiya Uttara Ashadha
17 June, 2017 Jyeshtha Krishna Ashtami Uttara Bhadrapada
18 June, 2017 Jyeshtha Krishna Navami and Dashami Uttara Bhadrapada, Revati
19 June, 2017 Jyeshtha Krishna Dashami Revati
28 June, 2017 Ashadha Shukla Panchami Magha
30 June, 2017 Ashadha Shukla Saptami Uttara Phalguni
July 2017
AUSPICIOUS MARRIAGE DATE HINDU PANCHANG AUSPICIOUS DATE NAKSHATRA
3 July, 2017 Ashadha Shukla Dashami and Ekadashi Swati
5 July, 2017 Ashadha Shukla Dwadashi and Trayodashi Anuradha
November 2017
AUSPICIOUS MARRIAGE DATE HINDU PANCHANG AUSPICIOUS DATE NAKSHATRA
11 November, 2017 Kartik Krishna Navami Magha
14 November, 2017 Kartik Krishna Ekadashi and Dwadashi Uttara Phalguni, Hasta
15 November, 2017 Kartik Krishna Dwadashi Hasta
21 November, 2017 Margashirsha Shukla Tritiya Moola
29 November, 2017 Margashirsha Shukla Dashami and Ekadashi Uttara Bhadrapada, Revati
December 2017
AUSPICIOUS MARRIAGE DATE HINDU PANCHANG AUSPICIOUS DATE NAKSHATRA
4 December, 2017 Margashirsha Krishna Dwitiya Mrigashirsha
13 December, 2017 Margashirsha Krishna Ekadashi Swati

If you study the calendar above, you will realise that May and June are the most action-packed months but there is a four-month period where there are no auspicious marriage dates. Devout Hindus believe this period, called Chaturmas, is when Lord Vishnu sleeps and it is considered unwise to disturb him.
 In 2017, Chaturmas starts on July 4 (Devshayani Ekadashi) and ends on October 31. Also, December 2017 has just two auspicious dates to get married on – though some astrologers have ordained that the full month is inauspicious.

Now that you know, we hope you can plan wisely: either to plan your own marriage and book a banquet hall plus wedding planner or simply to ensure you don't get stuck in one of Delhi or Gurgaon's monster traffic jams.

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