Kartika Masam, popularly known as Kartik month, is the eighth lunar month in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Kartika Masam 2009 begins on October 19 and ends on November 16 for Telugu and Kannada calendars. The month is considered auspicious by both Lord Shiva and Vishnu devotees.
Importance of Karthika masam
Lord Vishnu goes to sleep on Ashadha suddha ekadashi and wakes-up on Karthika suddha ekadashi.
Lord Shiva killed 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)
Story About Kartikha vratam
In South India, the month is also dedicated to Lord Muruga who is also known as Kartik and Skanda.
Kartika Masam Purnima (full moon day) is on November 2 and Kartika Masam Amavasi is on November 16 (No moon day).
Some of the important festivals and auspicious days in Kartika Masam in 2009 as per Telugu and Kannada Calendars are -
October 19th – Bali Padyami
October 22nd – Nagula Chavithi
October 22nd – Trilochana Gauri Vratam
October 23rd – Naga Panchami
October 24th – Naga Shasti
October 29th – Utthana Ekadashi
November 1st – Vaikunta Chaturdashi
November 12th – Uttpatti Ekadasi
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