The Kartika Maasam gets its name from “Damodar” that happens to be the name of Lord Krishna. Kartika month happens to be the most auspicious month that gives the greatest pleasure and unbound happiness.
Significance of the Kartika month
This month of the Hindu calendar is very dear to Lord Krishna. It signifies Bhakta Vatsalya, which means unbound paternal affection. Devotees strongly believe that any vrata or good deed will yield everlasting good results. It’s a belief that the effect of performing good deeds will last for hundreds of years. Kartika Hindu Month is all about Lord Krishna, glorifying his lifestyle and worshipping him with utmost devotion.
Kartika in the words of Brahma
Brahma tells Narda that Kartika maasa is the best to worship Narayana. Narayana is the supreme among all the deities. Here are some excerpts from the Puranas that describe the significance of the month of Kartika:
Worshipping Lord Shri Hari during this month helps gain the Lord’s abode.
Whoever burns a lamp even for a short time in Lord Shri Hari’s temple gets rid of all the sins
Eating only one meal a day during the entire month makes the person famous and powerful.
Receding the Bhagavad Gita during the month of Kartika helps attain moksha.
Gifting a divine lamp during Kartika Month is unequal in comparison to any other gift.
The results coming from bathing in all holy places and donating to several charities come nowhere close to that coming from following the rituals of Kartika maasa.
The importance of Kartika month
The Importance of Kartika Month reflects in the following practices and rituals that give unmatchable results:
- Devotees should offer a ghee lamp to Krishna and sing the Damodarastakam
- Always remember the Supreme Lord Hari and perform more Harinam Chanting.
- Listen to Srimad Bhagavatam before performing any other duties. Make sure to hear the scriptures from sadhus. Read Gajendra Moksha Lila-stava from 8th canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. This particular part teaches you to completely surrender to the Supreme Lord
- It’s advisable to eat only the prasadam during this month to gain maximum benefits
- Recite Siksastaka of Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu every day of this month. Meditating to this is also very beneficial.
- You should also make it a point to read the Updeshamrata of Srila Rupa Goswami
- Light a lamp to Tulsi Devi while also praying for eternal residence in Vrndavana.
- Associate yourself more with devotees and practice brahmacharya
Festivals associated with Kartika Month
The festivals having a grand celebration during the Kartika Month are:
It is the most famous occasion, especially in North India. Married women observe fast starting from sunrise till moonrise. They believe that fasting will induce the well-being and prosperity of their husbands.
This is another famous North Indian festival during Katika month where mothers observe a fast from dawn to dusk. It’s done with the belief that it will ensure the well-being of their sons.
It is one of the prominent ekadashis among twenty four Ekadashi vrats. Devotees of Lord Vishnu observe this occasion to seek his blessings.
The occasion marks the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon Narakasura. Kali Chaudas and Roop Chaudas are other names of this grand festival.
The first five days of Diwali festival concentrates on the auspicious Lakshmi puja. This puja is the most important occasion of Diwali.
The day marks the victory of Lord Krishna over Indra. Devotees celebrate this day as Annakut Puja, Bali Pratipada and New Year day.
It’s the occasion for sisters to pray for their brothers’ welfare and happiness by performing Teeka ceremony. This day, brothers offer gifts to their sisters.
The Sun God, Surya, is the god of energy and the life-force on earth. Chhath Puja celebrations take place to promote overall well-being, prosperity and progress.
The famous Kansa Vadha marks the death of Kansa by Lord Krishna. The day also marks the reinstatement of Ugrasena as King of Mathura.
It’s yet another famous occasion among the twenty four Ekadashi vrats which devotees observe to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu.