Kartik Snan or Karthika Snanam is an auspicious bath ritual observed in holy rivers during Kartik month. In 2016, Kartik Snan dates – starts on October 16 and ends on November 14 in North Indian Hindi calendars.
As per Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada calendars, Kartik Snan 2016 begins on 31 October and ends on 29 November.
But mostly, Kartik Snan is performed till Kartik Purnima only (November 14, 2016).
Kartika Snan katha or legend or story of Kartik snan is mentioned in Puranas as a conversation between Sage Vasista and King Janaka. Devotees can fetch the merits of Aswamedha Yagna by performing bathing in holy rivers during Kartik month.
Important dates for Kartik Snan 2016
Kartik Pratipada – October 16, 2016 in Hindi calendars and 31 October in other lunar calendars.
Kartik Amavasya – October 30, 2016 (in Hindi calendars) and in other calendars on November 29.
Kartik Ekadashi – November 11, 2016 – Prabhodini Ekadasi
Kartik Dwadashi – November 12, 2016 – Ksheerabdi Dwadasi
Vaikunta Chaturdashi – November 13, 2016
Kartik Purnima – November 14, 2016 – Tripurari Purnima