Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
This is Kartika month(the eighth lunar month in Hindu Calendar).In this month, doing charity and holy deeds has a lot of significance. One should wake up early in the morning before sun rise. On Dwitiya, Saptami, Navami, Dashami, Thrayodashi and Amavasya(i.e 2,7,9,10,13,15th day) , use of amla(gooseberry) should be avoided ,whereas on the remaining days, one should take bath with the mixture of sesame seeds and gooseberry juice which prevents physical illness. By sitting & eating food under gooseberry tree, the diseases, caused by unwanted elements in food, are prevented during the year.
In Kartika Month, there is a lot of significance of donating diyas(lamps). In this month, lighting a diya of ghee(clarified butter) or sesame oil during evening time, in front of Guru or Lord Vishnu improves one’s eyesight. One should offer Tulsi(basil) to Lord Vishnu or Shaligram( a most sacred stone used for worshipping) in Kartika month which blesses with luxuries & liberation and at the same time eliminates troubles/ illness. Minimum 108 Tulsi leaves should be offered. Black gram (urad dal), honey, sesame oil, milk of cow, goat, buffalo only should be consumed. Gooseberry leaves should not be plucked in Kartik month. That’s why one should try to eat food beneath gooseberry tree or else keep gooseberry fruits near oneself. In this period, the intake of pulses should be kept to minimum.
The Hindu festival of Diwali falls in Kartika month. In our small booklet ‘Jagmag ho sara jahan’, the details of following are provided –
mantras to recite while taking bath on Trayodashi;
mantra to recite for Yama-Tarpan (offerings to the God of Death) while facing south direction and donating diya with the intension of pleasing Yamaraja which prevents accidental deaths & what shall be done on Trayodashi, Chaturdashi, Diwali and New Year.
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