Kartik Festival Importance
Kartik is a month in the Hindu calendar that typically overlaps October and November. This year (2018), the month of Kartik is celebrated from 23 October to 21 November.
The Kartik Festival is a time to celebrate and worship Lord Krishna. The festival glorifies Lord Krishna’s pastimes, and especially focuses on the loving relationship that Lord Krishna has with His devotees. This month is full of “bhakta vatsalya” – Krishna’s affection for his devotees. It is said that whatever you do during this month in remembrance of Krishna will bear 100 times (some references say a lot more than a 100 times) more merit than usual.
Kartik Festival Daily Rituals
Since the worship of Narayana goes with purity, sacrifice and austerity, devotees undertake special practices during the month of Kartik. Austerities that you can perform during Kartik include the following:
- Offer a candle or ghee lamp to Lord Krishna.
- Sing the Gopi Gita. The Gopi Gita has been described as the ‘longing song of the Gopis’, the ‘expression of their longing for Krishna’.
- Sing the Damodarastakam. The Damodarastakam is an eight-verse prayer written by sage Satyavrata Muni.
- Fast and control the desire for food. According to the scriptures, when you fast during an auspicious time, the hold of the material world is lessened by the fast, and that accelerates our spiritual growth. We recommend fasting on Ekadashi days – from sunrise until the following day – and for these periods follow a light diet of nuts and fruit.
- Lead a simple pure life, and avoid negative emotions.
- Change something in your life, or give up anything. For example, become a vegetarian! The month of Kartik is the month to do so, as your resolve will be strengthened and your intention rewarded.
- Chant the name of God. It is said that the name of God is God Himself, and by chanting we are drawn closer to Him. Then the mind and heart become aware of their true nature and sincerely long for the beloved Lord of all – Krishna.
Celebrate Kartik Night with us in Southall, London
When: Saturday 27 October from 5pm to 12pm (doors open at 4pm)
Where: SSPC Southall, Drill Hall, Featherstone Road, Southall, UB2 5AQ
Visit Shree Peetha Nilaya
So you love the picture at the top and wonder where it is from? This is one of over 100 glorious murals that were painted by Bhakti Marga Artists at the Bhutabhrteshwarnath Mandir, which is based at Bhakti Marga International’s headquarters – the Shree Peetha Nilaya Ashram near Frankfurt, Germany.
If you are interested in going there in person and wish to travel with others from the UK, then let us know here and we’ll get back to you.