Kartik Snan or Karthika Snanam is an auspicious bath ritual observed in holy rivers during Kartik month. In 2018, Kartik Snan dates – starts on October 24 and ends on November 23 in North Indian Hindi calendars.
As per Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada calendars, Kartik Snan 2018 begins on November 8 and ends on 7 December.
But mostly, Kartik Snan is performed till Kartik Purnima only (November 23, 2018).
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 2018
Kartik Pratipada – October 25, 2018 in Hindi calendars and 8 November in other lunar calendars.
Kartik Amavasya – 7 November 2018 (in Hindi calendars) and in other calendars on December 7.
Kartik Ekadashi – 19 November 2018 – Prabhodini Ekadasi
Kartik Dwadashi – 20 November 2018 – Ksheerabdi Dwadasi
Vaikunta Chaturdashi – 22 November 2018
Kartik Purnima – November 23, 2018 – Tripurari Purnima