Karthika masam is considered as the most auspicious month for Hindus. Kartik month is the favorite month for Lord Shiva amongst all 12 months. Karthika masam starts just the next day of Deepavali Amavasya.
In 2013, Kartik month starts on November 4, Monday and ends on December 2, Monday as per Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, and Gujarati calendars.
During Karthik masa, devotees perform various rituals and customs. They observe karthika Masa Vratam.
One should follow the rituals given below to lead a good life and to get Moksha (Salvation):
- Dont eat non vegetarian food
- Eat meal for once in a day, eat a light food in the evening
- Observe the puja of Lord Shiva
- Be calm and avoid violence
- Light diyas everyday
‘Vanabhojanams (Garden parties) and ‘Samudra Snan (ceremonial sea bath) are very common rituals to be performed during the Karthik month.
It is to note that in North Indian Hindi calendars, Kartik month 2013 begins on 19 October and ends on 17 November 2013.