Karthik Masa is reckoned as a promising month for the Hindus. It commences on the very day after Diwali, which also indicates the commencement of winters. Karthik Masa starts on the 8th month of each year, as soon as the sun enters into the Scorpion sign. As per the Gregorian calendar, Karthik Masa falls in the month of November. There are a number of customs and rituals that need to be followed throughout this month.
Karthik Masa is auspicious to both, the followers of Lord Vishnu as well as Lord Shiva. During this period, the temples of Lord Shiva and Vishnu are flocked by thousands of devotees. During Karthik Masa, people from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh follow the “Karthik Somwar Vratam”. During this month, on the Poornima day, the Kartik Nakshatra stays with the moon, therefore, giving the name “Karthik Masa” to this month.
Lord Shiva is also known as “Soma” or “Someshwara”. The Karthik Somwar Vratam is executed to please Lord Someshwara. Each Monday of the Karthik Masa is favourable to offer the Puja and the Abhishek to God Shiva to acquire His blessings. In the Hindu religion, it is believed that Karthik Masa is the month when people can get deliverance from their sins by offering their prayers to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. This article highlights various reasons why the Karthik Masa is considered to be so auspicious.
Importance Of Karthik Masa
The following points will enlighten you on why Karthik Masa is so important in the Hindu religion.
Vishnu Bhagwan retires on the Ashadha Suddha Ekadashi and awakens on the Karthika Suddha Ekadashi.
As per mythology, Lord Shiva killed the Tripurasuras on the Karthika Pournami and saved the world, hence, he is also famous as “Tripurhari”.
It is only in the Karthik Masa that the River Ganga enters into each and every pond, river, well and canal to make them sacred.
People take the Ayyappa Deeksha during the month of Karthik Masa which continues up to the Makar Sankranti (15th January) day.
The Practices Performed During The Karthik
You need to follow some important rituals during this month, in order to understand the importance of Karthik Masa. The very first thing you must do is wake up before the crack of dawn, i.e., at the “Brahma Muhurtha”. Next, bathe in the holy river water. Offer naivedyam at home and go to the temples on each Monday to offer Pooja. Read aloud each chapter from the Karthika Puranam each day, throughout the month. Light the sacred diyas every morning and evening. Eat vegetarian food for the whole month and take your meal only once in the entire day. Do charity to the needy. Perform Japa every day. On the Karthika Pournami, it is known to be good to light diyas in the Shiva Temple. To get rid of your sins eat food beneath the Amla tree. The last day of the Karthika Masam is also very promising and is known as the “Poli Swargam”, which is the day of Amavasya. On this day, take 31 wicks and light the diyas on a trunk of banana and place it in the river.
Significance Of Karthik Masa
There is a tremendous significance of Karthik Masa. If you follow the rituals of Karthik Masa, your life will be disciplined and you will also learn about the social values. It is as per these ethics that the old Hindu scriptures have been written. The rituals of Karthik Masa include bathing before the dawn near the lakes or rivers. This teaches you to wake up early morning every day. One of the many Karthik Masa rituals also includes bathing in cold water, which helps you fight the cold during the winter months. Karthik Masa rituals also help you to understand about water pollution and well-being. One of the rituals also includes charity, which teaches you how to be benevolent towards the needy people.