Importence of Kartika Maasam & Characteristics of Gods


Karthika masam

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.

Tithi Tithi devata and Puja Phalam (Benefit)
Karthika suddha Padyami Lord Shiva Tejas (Glory)
Karthika suddha Vidiya Lord Vishnu Santhi (Peace of mind)
Karthika suddha Tadiya Shakti Aishwarya prapthi (Wealth)
Karthika suddha Chavithi Naga devathas / Lord Subrahmanyeswara Ayush and Arogya prapthi (Longevity and Health)
Karthika suddha Panchami Lord Subrahmanyeswara Karya siddhi (Success in work)
Karthika suddha Shasthi Lord Subrahmanyeswara Santhana prapthi (Children)
Karthika suddha Sapthami Lord Surya (Sun) Tejas and Arogya (Glory and Health)
Karthika suddha Ashtami Godess Durga Sankata nivarana (Relief from Miseries)
Karthika suddha Navami Pithru devathas Kutumba soukhyam (Happy family)
Karthika suddha Dasami Lord Ganesh /
Gajendra moksha parayana for Lord Vishnu
Relief from Obstacles
Karthika suddha Ekadashi Lord Shiva Karya siddhi (Success in work)
Karthika suddha Dwadashi Lord Vishnu Dhana dhanya vriddhi
(Wealth and Good life)
Karthika suddha Trayodashi Lord Vishnu Tejas (Glory)
Karthika suddha Chaturdashi Lord Kala Bhairava Akala mruthyu haranam (Relief from sudden Deaths)
Karthika suddha Pournami Lord Shiva / Lord Krishna Moksha
Karthika bahula Pdyami Lord Agni (Fire) Tejas (Glory)
Karthika bahula Vidiya Ashwani devathas (Two Doctors of Gods) Arogya (Health)
Karthika bahula Tadiya Gauri (Parvathi) Soubhagya (Good for Husband and Children)
Karthika bahula Chavithi Lord Ganesh Kutumba saukhyam (Gives happy family life)
Karthika bahula Panchami Lord Subrahmanyeswara Vijaya (Victory)
Karthika bahula Shasthi Lord Subrahmanyeswara Santhana vriddhi (Children)
Karthika bahula Sapthami Lord Surya Ayush and Arogya (Longevity and Health)
Karthika bahula Ashtami Ashta Lakshmi Santhi (Peace)
Karthika bahula Navami Godess Durga Karya siddhi (Success everywhere)
Karthika bahula Dasami Ashta dikpalakas (Indra, Agni, Yama, Nirruthi, Varuna, Vayu, Kubera, Eeshana[Shiva]) Keerthi (Fame)
Karthika bahula Ekadashi Kubera Dhana prapthi (Money)
Karthika bahula Dwadashi Lord Vishnu Yoga prapthi (Eternal unity)
Karthika bahula Trayodashi Lord Yama Vyadhi nivarana (Relief from severe diseases)
Karthika bahula Chaturdashi Mruthyunjaya (A form of Lord Shiva) Arogya (Relief from diseases and Healthy body and mind)
Karthika bahula Amavasya Pithru devathas Mano dhairyam (Mental stability)

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