Karthik masa (Kartik month) is the most auspicious month amongst all Hindu months. According to Hindus, worshipping of God during this month fetches the Moksha (salvation). Hence, devotees worship God and perform various rituals and customs very strictly.
Karthika Puranam details the rituals and customs to be performed during the month of Karthik. Various Hindu sacred texts have mentioned the list of basic rituals and customs of Kartika masam.
During this month, we need to observe certain dos and don'ts and please try to observe at least on the sacred days of Kartika Mondays & Kartika Fridays and On Kartika Poornima and Kartika Amavasya.
Devotees should not eat non vegetarian food for whole month of Karthik. Eating non vegetarian food is considered as ‘Brahma Hathya’ (Killing Lord Brahma).
For the whole month, devotees take meal only once a day. They will have breakfast at nights. If devotees are not able to do so, they follow this rituals at least on auspicious days like Karthik Monday, karthika Pournami etc.
Devotees take ceremonial or spiritual bath everyday for the whole month.
Devotees light diya every evening and perform Karthika masa puja.
Devotees recite at least one chapter of Karthika Puranam everyday. Those who would like to read Kartika Purana, please click the link below to read in English
FOR TELUGU SISTERS: those who prefer to read Kartika Puranam in Telugu, please click the link below to read
And another useful link in English
Yet another link about Kartika somavara vratam
Devotees perform rituals very strictly on most auspicious days of Karthika masam such as Karthika Mondays, Kalashtami, Kushmand Navami, Akshay Navami, Hari Bodhini or Prabodhini, Vailunth Chaturdashi, Vyasa Puja, Karthika Poornima or Tripura Purnima, Tulasi Vivah (Marriage of Goddess Tulasi).
As Kartik month, is the eighth month in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Kartika Masam 2009 begins on Monday, October 19 and ends on Monday, November 16 for Telugu and Kannada calendars. The month is considered auspicious by both Lord Shiva and Vishnu devotees.
In Today's world people start talking about the differences between Shiva and Kesava even by learned swamis. Even Shiva & Keshava themselves declared there is no difference of whatsoever and those who differentiates will never feel happy in their lives. At least during this sacred month of Kartik, please do not differentiate between Shiva and kesava.
This year Kartika Masam starts on a Monday and ends on a Monday which is not very common, hence it is extra special this year.
In South India, the month is also dedicated to Lord Muruga (Subrahmanya Swami) who is also known as Kartik and Skanda
Kartika Masam Purnima (full moon day) is on November 2 and Kartika Masam Amavasi is on November 16 (No moon day).
Kartika Masam Shukla Paksham in 2009 begins on October 19 and ends on November 2.
Kartika Masam Krishna Paksham in 2009 begins on November 3 and ends on November 16.
Some of the important festivals and auspicious days in Kartika Masam in 2009 as per Telugu and Kannada Calendars are -
October 19th – Bali Padyami
October 22nd – Nagula Chavithi
October 22nd – Trilochana Gauri Vratam
October 23rd – Naga Panchami
October 24th – Naga Shasti
October 29th – Utthana Ekadashi
November 1st – Vaikunta Chaturdashi
November 12th – Uttpatti Ekadasi
This Kartika masam 2009 as per Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra calendars is very auspicious because during this month Kartika Pournami and Karthika Amavasya both come on Mondays. The performers of Kartika Somvara vratham are very lucky to observe the vrata on Pournami and Amavasya along with other three auspicious Mondays.
As per Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu and Kannada calendars, the dates of Kartika Somavara vratham in 2009 are – October 19, October 26, November 2, November 9 and November 16.
It is highly desirable to spend our free time listening sacred chants of Lord shiva by clicking the link below
Some more sacred chants by clicking the link below
Another divine link for Shiva songs
For some divine videos of Lord Shiva, please click the link below
And finally a link for various aspects of the holy month
Kartika Puranam in TELUGU