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Query from: Sree hari, India, 11/16/06
Topic: SPIRITUALITY      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: karthika masam last day,

Hi, i heard the karthika masam last we have to leave a deepam in water. Can any one tell me when to do this, where to do and how to do, i did pooja the whole masama now wanted to know about the karthika deepam, thanks in advance

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Response from: somayajulu sistla bhavani,   
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Dear Sree hari, The importance of Karteeka masam and significance of Kateeka deepam has been fully explained in Kartteka Mahatyam. The kartteka mahatyam was fully explained in english in 221 slokas .For details please go to site. www.salagram.net/kartika-maha…... The last day rituals are explained in the following slokas: Kartika mahatmya from 16th chapter Hari Bhakti Vilasa naktaà yama-caturdaçyäà yaù kuryäc chiva-sannidhau na tat kratu-çatenäpi präpyate puëyam édåçam naktaà-night; yama-caturdaçyäà-of Yama-caturdaçé; yaù-who; kuryät-should do; çiva-Çiva; sannidhau-in the presence; na-indeed; tat-that; kratu-çatena-with a hundred yajnas; api-also; präpyate-is attainmed; puëyam-piety; édåçam-like that.

"A person who spends the night of this Yama-caturdaçé near the Deity of Lord Çiva attains great piety. Even with a hundred yajïas one cannot attain piety like it.

Text 219

kumäré baöukän püjya tathä çaiva-tapo-dhanän räjasüya-phalaà tena präpyate nätra saàçayaù kumäré-a young girl; baöukän-brähmaëa boys; püjya-worshiping; tathä'so; çaiva-tapo-dhanän-of austerities for Lord Çiva; räjasüya-phalaà-the result of a rajasuya-yajna; tena-by that; präpyate-is attained; na-not; atra-here; saàçayaù-doubt.

"A young girl who at that time worships brähmaëa boys who perform austerities to please Lord Çiva attains the result of performing a räjasüya-yajïa. Of this there is no doubt.

Text 220

kärttike bhauma-väreëa citrä kåñëä caturdaçé tasyäà bhüteñäm abhyarcya gacche chiva-puraà naraù kärttike-during the month of Kärttika; bhauma-väreëa-on Tuesday; citrä-wonderful; kåñëa-Kåñëa; caturdaçé-caturdasé;; tasyäà-on that; bhüteçam-Lord Çiva; abhyarcya-worshiping; gacchet-may go; çiva-puraà-to the abode of Lord Suva; naraù-a person.

"When it falls on a Tuesday the Kåñëa-ekädaçé of the month of Kärttika is especially wonderful. A person who worships Lord Çiva on that day goes to the abode of Lord Çiva.

Text 221

kià ca amävasyä-caturdaçyoù pradoñe dépa-dänataù yama-märgändhakärebhyo mucyate kärttike naraù kim- ca-furthermore; amävasyä-caturdaçyoù-of amavasya and caturdasi; pradoñe-in the evening; dépa-dänataù-by offering a lamp; yama-märga-on the path of Yamaräja; andhakärebhyaù-from the blindness; mucyate-is liberated; kärttike-in Kärttika; naraù-a person.

It is further said: "A person who offers a lamp on the evening of the amävasya' and the caturdaçé becomes free from the darkness of the path to Yamaräja." with best wishes

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Response from: Mural T R S ,   
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Dear Sri Hari,

On the full moon day of the month of Kartika (November-December) which falls on the ascension of the Kritigai star, the Hindus celebrate the Kartika Deepam. It is on this day that the huge beacon is lit on the holy hill Arunachala, in South India. Once Lord Shiva assumed the form of a hill at Tiruvannamalai in South India. Here He quelled the pride of Brahma and Vishnu who were quarelling as to their relative greatness. One day, when Lord Shiva was in meditation, Parvati left Him and went to the hill of Arunachala. There She performed penance. She was the guest of the sage Gautama. It was during Her penance here that Mahishasura was killed by Durga hidden by Parvati. Parvati saw Shiva as Arunachalesvara. She was taken back by the Lord to His side, and made His Ardhangini once more, that is, She occupied half of the body of the Lord. Arunachalesvara is Tejo Lingam. Arunachala or the Tiruvannamalai Hill is the place that represents the fire element. (The five elements are represented by five holy places in India.) When the light on the top of the Tiruvannamalai Hill is unveiled on the Kartigai Deepam day, people see the big light and worship it. They recite again and again in a loud voice “Harohara”. The esoteric meaning is that he who sees the light of lights that is burning eternally in the chambers of his heart through constant meditation attains immortality. The light on the Arunachala brings the message to you that the Self or Lord Shiva is self-effulgent, He is the light of lights.On the Kartika Deepam day in South India, people make bonfires in front of temples in the evening. It is said that Lord Shiva burnt the chariots of several demons who were torturing sages and celestials. This bonfire symbolises this legend. People place rows of earthen lamps in front of their houses on the evening of Kartigai Deepam and worship the Lord. They also light a variety of fireworks. Annihilate the three impurities, namely, egoism, selfish action and delusion. Burn the mind, senses and the desires in the fire of knowledge of the Self or Shiva-Jnanam. Attain full illumination and behold the light of lights, which illumines the mind, intellect, sun, moon, stars, lightning and the fire. This is real Kartika Deepam. May the light of lights illumine you all! May Lord Shiva bless you with more light! May you merge in this supreme light and attain the eternal abode of bliss and immortality!

http://www.astrojyoti.com/KartikaDe… http://www.ramanuja.org/sv/bhakti/a… http://www.audarya-fellowship.com/f…

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Sree hari,

Please see this link

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On the full moon day of the month of Kartigai November-December) which falls on the ascension of the Kritigai star, the Hindus celebrate the Kartigai Deepam. It is on this day that the huge beacon is lit on the holy hill Arunachala in South India.

Once Lord Shiva assumed the form of a hill at Tiruvannamali in South India. Here He quelled the pride of Brahma and Vishnu who were quarrelling as to their relative greatness. One day, when Lord Shiva was in meditation, Parvati left Him and went to the hill of Arunachala. There She performed penance. She was the guest of the sage Gautama. It was during Her penance hem that Mahishasura was Killed by Durga hidden by Parvati. Parvati saw Shiva as Arunachal lesvara. She was taken back by the Lord to His side, and made His Ardhangini once more, that is, She occupied half of the body of the Lord.

Arunachalesvara is Tejo· Lingam. Arunachala or the Tiruvannamalai Hill is the place that represents the fire element. (The five elements are represented by five holy places in India)

When the light on the top of the Tiruvannamalai Hill is unveiled on the Kartigai Deepam day, people see the big light and worship it. They recite again and again in a loud voice "Harohara". The esoteric meaning is that he who sees the light of lights that is burning eternally in the chambers of his heart through constant meditation attains immortality. The light on the Arunachala brings the message to you that the Self or Lord Shiva is self-effilgent, He is the light of lights.

On the Kartigai Deepam day is South-India, people make bonfires in front of temples in the evening. It is said that Lord Shiva burnt the chariots of several demons who were torturing sags and celestials. This bonfire symbolises. this legend.

People place rows of earthen lamps in front of their houses on the evening of Kartigai Deepam and worship the Lord. They also light a variety of fireworks. Annihilate the three impurities, namely, egoism, selfish action and delusion. Burin the mind, senses and the desires in the fire of knowledge of the Self or Shiva Jnanam.

Attain full illumination and behold the light of lights, which illumines the mind, intellect, sun, moon, stars, lightning and the fire. This is real Kartigai Deepam. May the light of lights illumine you all! May Lord Shiva bless you with more light! May you merge in this supreme light and attain the eternal adobe of bliss and immortality!

You can also see these links

http://www.astrojyoti.com/KartikaDe…

http://www.salagram.net/Kartika-mah…

http://www.mailerindia.com/hindu/ve…

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Response from: Prasanna Kasturi,   
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Karthika Deepam is a festival of lights, celebrated in the south month of Kartika. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Kaarthika month which coincides with Krithika star. It is also considered as the extension of the Deepavali festival. In some houses, they double the number of lamps every day from the day of Deepavali and this way, they end up with a number of lamps on the day of Kaarthigai Deepam.

It is celebrated in a special manner in Thiruvannamalai. Lord Shiva asks Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu to find out the exact location of his head and his feet. Since Lord Shiva takes a gigantic form, they are not able to find out anywhere. Then Lord Shiva takes the form of a jyothi (light of fire) on the hill of Thiruvannamali. Therefore, this festival is also known as Annamalai Deepam. Here, a special torch is lighted on the zenith of the hill and it is believed that Lord Shiva's jothi will be visible on this day.

Lord Muruga took the form of six babies in a lake called "Saravana Poigai". On this day, all his six forms were united by Parvathi(his mother) and this way, he had six faces. Special poojas are performed to Lord Muruga.

On this day, people clean the houses. In the evening, they draw kolams (rangoli) in the front of the house and also place some lamps on it. The lamps are placed in the pooja and lighted. Then the Deeparathana is done in which the lamps are moved to different places in the house. The lamps glow all over the streets on this day. The lamps are arranged near the doors and windows and also in the balconies. In this way, people of South celebrate Kaarthika Deepam for three days. I hope this helps you.

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After the razzle-dazzle of the Deepavali festival, followed by a visit to Siva temples on Nagula Chaviti, comes the Karthika Masam - the season of week-end picnics.

The renowned scholar and former principal of Mrs.A.V.N. College, Diwakarla Ramamurthy, says that Karthika (Ocotber-November) is the holy month. In olden days people used to sit and pray or meditate under the shade of 'usari chetu' (gooseberry or 'amla') as the breeze of this tree is good for health.

``Lord Narayana and Goddess Lakshmi are present in 'amla' trees during this month, and in the name of 'Karthika bhojanam' food will be cooked under these trees and partaken by the gathering. This practice has come to be described as 'vanabhojanam'.'

Explaining the objectives of such congregations in the midst of nature in the name of 'vanabhojanam', Prof. Ramamurthy says: 'In ancient times, it was done to indulge in 'satkalakshepam' (spending time in a good way) and worshipping sura (deities). These outings were dedicated to 'purana parayanam' (reading of scriptures) - an activity meant for concentration, contemplation and dedication of the individual soul to God.'

Such a noble practice has now mutated into picnicking with 'chaturmukha parayanam' (participants gambling with four sets of playing cards). Of course, the present generation also worships sura in another sense of the term---consuming liquor! Nowadays, consumption of liquor in picnics has become so rampant that on occasions the police would have a tough time controlling the tipsy revellers.

Well, the changing times and life style and scant respect towards the good practices and principles of the past have reduced this holy month of Karthika Masam to a picnic season during which families, office staff, neighbours and groups of friends arrange outings during weekends.

Eve teasing is another menace in these gatherings, and youngsters haunt these spots and try to get too friendly with the fair sex picnickers.

Playing games like housie, treasure-hunt, `cheetila aata', singing `antaksharis' and no-holds-barred gossips usually form part of these picnics. Children have their own games.

Salubrious Rushikonda and Bhimili lead the list of picnic spots as they are within the reasonable distance from the city, and a dip in the sea is an added bonanza. Madhavadhara, Mudasaralova, Yaradakonda, Simhachalam, Mutyalammapalem beach and Kondakarla Ava are the other prominent picnic spots.

The zoo on the outskirts of the city, abounding in shade-giving trees , provides an ideal rendezvous for picnickers to eat in groups and watch the animals in captivity. 'Vanabhojanam' has incidentally taken a new meaning with the last year's incident of an inebriated person losing his forearm while trying to feed a tiger at the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park.

This month is a boom time for caterers, tent house suppliers and transport contractors plying mini buses, as they take the organisational hassles off the shoulders of picnicking parties

These picnics also serve as 'kitty parties' with each participating family adding spice by contributing to the day's menu.

One redeeming feature of this season is that it is a harbinger of matrimony, as community-wise picnics are arranged for striking alliances among brides-and-grooms-to-be.

To sum up, this is a heady month of frenetic leisure activity, full of fun and frolic, for those who need a break from the monotony of the routine, besides being a forerunner for the festivities of the New Year, just a few weeks away.

PUSHPA BHARGAVA Online edition of India's National Newspaper

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Response from: kanthi avasarala,   
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hallo, on the last day of karthika masam,they take a big vessel of water and after the routine puja they leave deepam in the water asking her to go swargam,they call this as poli swarganiki velladam.they place diya, in banana (plantain) trees,they call it as arati doppa.they take it from baba tree trunks upper layer a thin layer it will be like a cardboard,they lit diya in it and they do the above proceedure,rest is the same procedure.

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Response from: Hari Rama,   
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Dear sree hari, The Karthika day begins with the cleaning of the houses, decorating the entrances of the homes with big and grand kolams. At dusk, small earthen lamps are lit and poojas offered. Then these small lamps are lit all over the houses, especially in the entrances and at the backyards. http://www.angelfire.com/folk/sicam… It is such a grand sight on the days preceding and succeeding the Karthigai deepam. Rows of sparkling earthen lamps outside every home, and the joyous burst of firecrackers mark this Festival of Lights.

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Response from: NEERAJA NAVEEN,   
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ON KARTIKA POURNAMI DAY U CAN LIT 365 WICKS(VATHULU) IN TEMPLE OR IN HOUSE .

OR MONDAYS U CAN LIT LAMP IN HOUSE OR LEAVE IN WATER IN TEMPLE IN KARTEEKA MAASAM.

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Response from: pravallika baby,   
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hi as far i know kartika deepam is done on kartika purninami .u can put deepam throught out kartika masam

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Response from: Seetha Hariharan,   
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Dear sree hari, Krithika poornima is festival day and we light lamps at our house.You can do on this day.

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Response from: chandrasekharan krishnamurti,   
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In a river or lake with kunkum,turmeric and flowers.

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