Kartik Snan or Karthika Snanam is an auspicious bath ritual observed in holy rivers during Kartik month. In 2017, Kartik Snan dates – starts on October 6 and ends on November 4 in North Indian Hindi calendars.
As per Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada calendars, Kartik Snan 2017 begins on 20 October and ends on 18 November.
But mostly, Kartik Snan is performed till Kartik Purnima only (November 4, 2017).
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 2017
Kartik Pratipada – October 6, 2017 in Hindi calendars and 20 October in other lunar calendars.
Kartik Amavasya – October 19, 2017 (in Hindi calendars) and in other calendars on November 18.
Kartik Ekadashi – October 31, 2017 – Prabhodini Ekadasi
Kartik Dwadashi – November 1, 2017 – Ksheerabdi Dwadasi
Vaikunta Chaturdashi – November 3, 2017
Kartik Purnima – November 4, 2017 – Tripurari Purnima