Kartik (Damodar) Mass
20th Oct- 19th Nov 2021
What is Kartik Maas ?
Kartik is the holiest month in the Hindu lunar calendar. It usually overlaps with the months October & November in the English calendar. Kartik Maas, also known as Damodar Maas, is described in the scriptures as the best among months for performing austerities.
dvadasu api masesu kartikah krsna vallabah tasmin
sampujito visnur alpakair apy upayanaih dadati
vaisnavanam lokam iti evam niscitam maya
"Among all twelve months, the month of Kartika is dear to Lord Sri Krishna. If somebody performs a little worship of Lord Sri Hari in this month, He offers that devotee His own abode. This statement is true."
Story Behind Kartik Maas
Kartik (Damodar) Maas is a month-long festival commemorating Damodara-lila, the sweet pastime of baby Krishna stealing butter and consequently being tied to a mortar by His dear mother Yashoda. In Sanskrit, “dama” means rope and “udara” means belly. Damodara refers to Krishna who was bound with a rope by His mother Yashoda.
It is a mesmerizing childhood pastime of Lord Sri Krishna to deliver the sons of Kuvera -Nalakuvara and Manigriva which were cursed by great Sage Narada.
Glories of Kartik Maas
Following are excerpts from some scriptures (Puranas) describing the glory of the pious Kartik month:
When one offers a lamp during the month of Kartika, his sins of many thousands and millions of births perish in half an eye blink.
Even if there is no mantras, no pious deeds, and no purity, everything becomes perfect when a person offers a lamp during the month of Kartika.
A person who during the month of Kartika offers a lamp to Lord Keshava has already performed all yajnas (and bathing in all the holy rivers.
If somebody performs even a little worship of Lord Shri Hari in this month, He offers that devotee His own abode.
A person who happily reads the Bhagavad Gita in the month of Kartik does not return to the world of birth and death.
The pious result obtained by bathing in all holy places and giving all charities is not equal to one ten-millionth part of the result obtained by following the vow of Kartik.
What to do in Kartik Maas?
Everyone should perform some extra devotional service in this Kartik Maas by:
Worshipping Lord Krishna by chanting His Holy Names.
Daily sing the Damodarastakam-prayer.
Daily offer a ghee-lamp to Radha-Damodara with love & devotion.
Daily worship, water, circumambulate Tulasi Devi and pray for eternal residence in Sri Vrindavana-Dhama.
Daily hear Hari-Katha from elevated Vaishnavas
Visit holy places such as Vrindavana-Dhama, Sridhama Mayapur and Jagannatha Puri and take bath in sacred waters (Radha-Kunda, Ganges, etc.)
Give in charity to deserving Vaishnavas/Brahmanas.