Kartik Mass or the month of Kartik holds an important place in Hindu culture. It is the time when devotees observe fast, do charity, light ghee lamps, chant mantras and take bath in the holy rivers to feel closer to the Supreme God.
Many festivals are celebrated during this month and Kartik Purnima is one of them. This is the month when you can rid your body of pagan views and deeds.
Learn how you can celebrate Kartik Mass and what you need to do on Kartik Purnima through this blog. Know about its significance and all the festivals that fall during this month.
What is Kartik Maas?
The most pious month in the Hindu calendar, Kartik Maas, is devoted to the worship of Lord Krishna. Among the 12 months of the year, it is this month that takes us closer to the Almighty as it has a special place in the heart of the Supreme God.
Every act of kindness, vrata, and duty towards God performed during this month manifests and brings us closer to Lord Krishna. Offering one Tulasi leaf to Lord Krishna and lighting a lamp in the temple every day washes off sins of millions of kalpas and every act to please God increases manifold during Kartik Mass.
Significance of Kartik Purnima
It is the holiest month for Hindus. If you are a devotee of Krishna and His avatars, you must know the significance of Kartik Purnima. This day is regarded as the most auspicious day. It is also celebrated as Dev Deepavali.
Kartik Purnima Vrata
“Kartik is the best, the purest of purifiers, and most glorious of all months. Kartik month is particularly dear to Lord Sri Krishna. This month is full of bhakta vatsalya. Any vrata, even the smallest, will yield huge results. The effect of performing a Kartik Vrata lasts for one hundred lifetimes, whereas ordinary vratas only last for one lifetime! Srimati Radhika is the presiding deity of the holy month of Kartik. Rupa Goswami and others refer to Radharani as Kartik Devi; in other words, Radhika is the goddess or presiding Deity of the Kartik Vrata.” – Padma Purana
Fasting purifies the soul and brings you closer to the deity. If you observe a fast on the opportune day of Kartik Purnima, you feel its power for lifetimes to come. Kartika Purnima date in the year 2020 falls on 30th November.
Kartik Mahina Mantra
Kartik Mahina is devoted to Lord Vishnu and his ten avatars, especially Lord Krishna. By chanting his name, lighting a diya and reciting a special mantra, you can feel close to the Almighty.
“Akasa-dipa-mantra: damodaraya nabhasi tulayaà lolaya saha pradipan te prayacchami namo’ nantaya vedhase”
Translation: In this month of Kartika I’m elevating this dipa to the sky for You, O Damodara, who are accompanied by Laksmi. O Unlimited, O Supreme Creator, I offer my obeisance to You.
What are the Festivals and Auspicious Days in the Kartik Month 2020?
Kartik Mass 2020 comes bearing many holy days. The festivities begin on 31st October 2020 and last till the end of November. The list of festivals, along with their significance, is given below:
- Sharad Purnima – 31 Oct 2020: Lord Krishna expanded Himself a thousand times and performed Raas Lila.
- Bahulashtami – 09 Nov 2020: Appearance of Radha Kunda and Syama Kund
- Rama Ekadashi – 11 Nov 2020: Fast from grains
- Dhanteras – 13 Nov 2020
- Naraka Chaturdashi – 14 Nov 2020: Lord Krishna killed Narakasura and freed 16,000 queens.
- Diwali – 15 Nov 2020: Lord Rama returns to Ayodhya
- Damodar Lila – 15 Nov 2020: When mother Yashoda binds Krishna
- Govardhan Puja – 16 Nov 2020: Worship of cows and Govardhan hill
- Bhaiya dooj – 17 Nov 2020: Yamuna met her brother Yamaraj
- DISAPPEARANCE DAY OF SRILA PRABHUPADA – 18 Nov 2020
- Gopashtami – 22 Nov 2020 – Sri Krishna becomes a cowherd boy
- Kamsa Vadha Lila – 23 Nov 2020: Killing of Demon Kamsa and freeing Devaki and Vasudev
- Disappearance Day of Srila Gaur Kishor Das Babaji – 25 Nov 2020
- Utthana Ekadashi – 26 Nov 2020: Fasting from grains
- Bhishma Panchak – 26 Nov 2020: In the last five days of Kartik, Bhismadev prayed to Lord while preparing to leave his body
- Tulasi Vivah – 30 Nov 2020: Marriage ceremony of Tulasi and Lord Vishnu
What are the Rituals of Kartik Purnima?
For the Kartik Purnima festival, the devotees light ghee lamps and bathe in holy rivers. Most people do Kartik snana in the Ganges. On the day of Kartik Purnima, devotees go for early morning bath to become free from the sins committed in this lifetime and the previous ones.
According to the Brahma Khanda, “In the month of Kartik, which is very dear to Sri Hari, one who bathes early in the morning attains the merit of bathing in all places of pilgrimage. Anybody who offers the Lord a ghee lamp in the month of Kartik, O brahmana, becomes free from all kinds of sins, and he goes to the abode of Lord Hari.”
How Kartik Maas is Celebrated at Iskcon Dwarka?
The month of Kartik is a time for celebration at ISKCON Dwarka. The devotees at ISKCON Dwarka celebrate it in a very special way. Devotees gather before the Deities every evening to be in the presence of the Almighty during the Sandhya-Arati at 7 P.M.
You can learn more about Lord Krishna by listening to our speakers. Everyone has the opportunity to offer the Deities a ghee lamp while singing the Damodarashtakam prayers. At the end of every evening during Kartik Maas, a feast is organized which is sponsored by a different devotee or well-wisher.
All those who are present are served this sublime treat. Your soul will feel enlightened. The celebratory and joyous ambiance will keep you feeling peaceful.
Benefits of A String of Lamps (Dipa-Mala)
Lighting a string of lamps during the month of Kartik is a service towards Lord Vishnu. By arranging a dipa-mala inside and outside Lord Vishnu’s temple, a person will attain a form similar to the Lord’s. This will assure that the devotee’s family line of hundreds of thousands will not go to hell.
It is believed that the Lord awakens from their sleep on Devuthani Ekadashi. Arranging a dipa-mala on this particular day will render its holiness in every corner of the house and every nook of your body. Kartik Maas is also the month in which the demon Tripurasura was killed. It celebrates the victory of light. This dipa-mala will warm your heart and make you feel closer to Lord Sri Hari.
The Bhavisya Purana says, “O sage, he who arranges a dipa-mala inside and outside Lord Visnu’s temple will leave for the supreme abode on the path illuminated by those very dipas. (140) (Skanda Purana, dialogue between Brahma and Narada) A person who arranges a beautiful dipa-mala during Kartika and particularly on the days of Ekadasi, when the Lord awakens, and Dvadasi, illuminates the four directions with his radiance and, situated on a luminous vehicle, brightens the universe with the luster of his body. He will live in Visnuloka for as many as thousands of years as the number of ghee lamps that he arranged.”
FAQs on Kartik Purnima
Kartik Purnima is one of the most sacred days that helps you to feel closer to the Supreme God. By being a serious devotee for a month, you can hope to be welcomed by Lord Krishna to his abode by breaking the circle of life and death. These answers will help you to be a faithful devotee:
Q1. What should you not eat in Kartik month?
If you are fasting, you should not consume grain in any form. If you are not fasting, you may eat saatvik bhojan that includes fruits, some vegetables, and milk.
Q2. Is Kartik month good for marriage?
No, Kartik month is not good for marriage. However, you should consult the panchang for more details.
Q3. How to do Kartik Puja at home?
You should bathe early morning and light a ghee lamp in front of Lord Krishna’s deity. You must chant the krishna mantra as well.
Q4. How do you observe Kartik month?
Reading the Bhagavad Gita during the month of Kartik is considered to be one of the most pious things to do. This is the month when you should focus on doing charities. Early morning baths, chanting mantras, and lighting ghee lamps are all part of celebrating Kartik Maas.
Q5. When is Kartik Purnima?
This year, Kartik Purnima will be observed on 30th November 2020.