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Kartika (Hindi: कार्तिक Marathi:कार्तिक, Kārtik {{ne:कार्तिक}} or Sanskrit: कार्तिक[1] Kārtika, Telugu: కర్తీక, Kannada"ಕಾರ್ತಿಕ" Kārtik, Tamil: கார்த்திகை, Bengali: কার্ত্তিক Kartik), is a month of Hindu and Bengali calendars, named after the Hindu god, Kartikeya.

In the lunar Hindu calendar, Kartika begins with the new moon in November and is the eighth month of the year except in Gujarat, where it marks the new year that falls on Diwali. In the solar religious calendar used in Tamil Nadu, Kartikai begins with the Sun's entry into Scorpio and is the eight month of the year. Karthika masam / Kartheeka masam is the eighth lunar month of Indian Astrology. It comes around November of Gregorian calender. Karthika masam is considered very sacred and there are many reasons for it:

Importance of Karthika masam

  • Lord Vishnu goes to sleep on Ashadha suddha ekadashi and wakes-up on Karthika suddha ekadashi.
  • Lord Shiva kílled Tripurasuras on Karthika pournami and protected the world.
  • In this month Ganga (Godess of river Ganges) enters in to all rivers, canals, ponds and wells and makes them as pious as Ganga.
  • Ayyappa deeksha is also taken in Karthika masam and is continued up to Makara Sankranthi (Jan 15th)
Karthika puranam

The most important aspect of Karthika masam is hearing Karthika puranam. It is called as Karthika vratham. It normally includes the following rules:

  • Waking up early in Brahmi muhartham (4.00A.M)
  • Taking bath in rivers or ponds remembering Ganga
  • Shiva puja / Damodara (Vishnu) puja
  • Lighting Akasha deepam on sun-set
  • Understanding Karthika puranam
But this post is intended to give an elaborate description of different worships done in Karthika masam. All of these are not compulsory but if done will give enormous spiritual wealth.

TithiTithi devta and PujaPhalam (Benefit)
Karthika suddha PadyamiLord ShivaTejas (Glory)
Karthika suddha VidiyaLord VishnuSanthi (Peace of mind)
Karthika suddha TadiyaShaktiAishwarya prapthi (Wealth)
Karthika suddha ChavithiNaga devathas / Lord SubrahmanyeswaraAyush and Arogya prapthi (Longevity and Health)
Karthika suddha PanchamiLord SubrahmanyeswaraKarya siddhi (Success in work)
Karthika suddha ShasthiLord SubrahmanyeswaraSanthana prapthi (Children)
Karthika suddha SapthamiLord Surya (Sun)Tejas and Arogya (Glory and Health)
Karthika suddha AshtamiGodess DurgaSankata nivarana (Relief from Miseries)
Karthika suddha NavamiPithru devathasKutumba soukhyam (Happy family)
Karthika suddha DasamiLord Ganesh /
Gajendra moksha parayana for Lord Vishnu
Relief from Obstacles
Karthika suddha EkadashiLord ShivaKarya siddhi (Success in work)
Karthika suddha DwadashiLord VishnuDhana dhanya vriddhi
(Wealth and Good life)
Karthika suddha TrayodashiLord VishnuTejas (Glory)
Karthika suddha ChaturdashiLord Kala BhairavaAkala mruthyu haranam (Relief from sudden Deaths)
Karthika suddha PournamiLord Shiva / Lord KrishnaMoksha
Karthika bahula PdyamiLord Agni (Fire)Tejas (Glory)
Karthika bahula VidiyaAshwani devathas (Two Doctors of Gods)Arogya (Health)
Karthika bahula TadiyaGauri (Parvathi)Soubhagya (Good for Husband and Children)
Karthika bahula ChavithiLord GaneshKutumba saukhyam (Gives happy family life)
Karthika bahula PanchamiLord SubrahmanyeswaraVijaya (Victory)
Karthika bahula ShasthiLord SubrahmanyeswaraSanthana vriddhi (Children)
Karthika bahula SapthamiLord SuryaAyush and Arogya (Longevity and Health)
Karthika bahula AshtamiAshta LakshmiSanthi (Peace)
Karthika bahula NavamiGodess DurgaKarya siddhi (Success everywhere)
Karthika bahula DasamiAshta dikpalakas (Indra, Agni, Yama, Nirruthi, Varuna, Vayu, Kubera, Eeshana[Shiva])Keerthi (Fame)
Karthika bahula EkadashiKuberaDhana prapthi (Money)
Karthika bahula DwadashiLord VishnuYoga prapthi (Eternal unity)
Karthika bahula TrayodashiLord YamaVyadhi nivarana (Relief from severe diseases)
Karthika bahula ChaturdashiMruthyunjaya (A form of Lord Shiva)Arogya (Relief from diseases and Healthy body and mind)
Karthika bahula AmavasyaPithru devathas

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