Kartik Puja is observed on Shukla paksha Ekadashi in the month of Kartik along the River banks of Ganga in Varanasi. In 2013, Kartik Puja date in Varanasi is November 13.
This Ekadashi day is also called as Prabhodini Ekadashi, Bhodini Ekadasi, Utthana Ekadasi or Dev Utthana Ekadashi. On this day, Tulsi Vishnu Vivah is also performed.
Women perform some special rituals on Kartik Puja day. Deepdaan, Akash deep or Akhand deep, and annadaan are performed on this day.
Kartik Snan on this day is highly meritorious.
Tulsi worship during Kartik puja gives good results to devotees. Women believe that Tulsi mata blesses them with marital bliss and good health and longer life to their husbands.
A special ritual called ‘Kartik Puja’ is observed in Bengal on the last day of Saur Kartik Maas (Bengali Kartik Month). In 2012, Kartik Puja in Bengal is on 16 November.