Today, 10 November 2014 is Karthika Somavaram. Mondays in Karthika Masam as per Telugu and Kannada calendars are highly auspicious for Shiva Pooja.
10 November 2014 is Third Monday in Karthika Masam as per Telugu Panchangam. It is also significant that this Somavaram is also observed as Prabodhini Ekadashi.
Vemulawada Rajarajeshwara Swamy Temple, Keesaragutta Ramalingeshwara Swamy Temple and Komuravelli Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple are the famous temples to visit in Telangana for Karthika Somavaram Pooja.
Special pujas are performed to Lord Mallikarjuna swamy in Srisailam temple. It is one of the only two Jyothirlinga temples of South India. Another Jyothirlinga temple in South India is Rameshwaram Shiva temple.
Pancharama temples (Pancharamas) are the best places to visit during Karthika masam. Sahasra Kalasha Archana, Kumbhabhishekam, Sahasra kumbha Abhishekam, Laksha Deeparadhana, etc. are special rituals held in Kartik month.
Pancharama temples in Andhra Pradesh are
- Amararamam – Bala Chamundika ammavaru sametha Sri Amaralingeshwara swamy temple in Amaravathi.
- Draksharamam – Manikyamba ammavaru sametha Sri Bhimeshwara swamy temple in Draksharama.
- Somaramam – Sri Ksheera Rajarajeshwari sametha sri Someswara swamy temple in Bhimavaram.
- Ksheeraramam – Parvathi sametha Sri Ramalingeshwara swamy temple in Palakollu.
- Bhimaramam – Bala Tripurasundari sametha Sri Kumara Bhimeshwara swamy temple in Samarlakota.
Other famous Shiva temples that host jubilant Karthika masa pujas are – Keesara Ramalingeshwara swamy temple, Srikalahastiswara swamy temple in Sri Kalahasthi, Mahanandi Sri Mahanandishwara swamy temple, Kaleshwaram Mukteshwara swamy temple, Vemulawada Rajarajeshwara swamy temple, etc.
Famous Shiva temples in Karnataka that celebrate Karthika masa pujas are – Dharmasthala Sri Manjunatha swamy temple, Mahabhaleshwara swamy temple in Gokarna, Murudeshwar Shiva temple, etc.
Panchang, Karthika Somavaram – 10 November 2014
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:41 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 17:40
Chandrodayam (Moonrise) 20:50 Chandrastama (Moonset) 09:32
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Chaturthi – 26:12*
Nakshatra Mrigashirsha – 15:31
Yoga Shiva – 08:48
Karana Balava – 26:12*
Purnimanta Month Margashirsha
Amavasyanta Month Kaartika
Shaka Samvatsara: Jaya
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Plavanga
Rahu Kalam: 08:03 – 09:25
Gulika Kalam: 13:33 – 14:55
Yama Gandam: 10:48 – 12:10
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Tula
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Mithuna
Amrita Kalam 30:22* – 32:04*
Abhijit: 11:48 – 12:32
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 24:26* – 26:08*
Durmuhurthams: 14:44 – 15:28