Karthik Masa or Damodar month is beginning from 29 Oct, 2012. Please read the glories of this month and take time to offer lamp to Krishna in this auspicious month. We will be offering lamps to the lord every evening after 7 pm arti, everyday till 28 Nov 2012, which is the last day of the Damodar month.
The Padma Purana describes the month of Kartik as Krishna’s favorite month. Devotional activities performed during this holy month are rewarded with greater spiritual results than usual so devotees often take vows to increase their spiritual practices or to simplify their material needs for the entire month. It is a way that they can remember Krishna more and increase their service to Him.
The Padma Purana further recommends the daily offering of a ghee lamp to Krishna during Kartik so in ISKCON temples around the world devotees offer ghee lamps to Krishna either in the morning or evening while singing the Damodaraska prayers. These beautiful verses taught to the devotees by Srila Prabhupada glorify the Damodar pastimes of Krishna, which occurred during the Kartik month.
Many festivals related to Krishna’s or His devotees pastimes occur during this month: Rasa-lila, Diwali, Govardhana Puja, Appearance of Radha-kund and the disappearance festival of Prabhupada.
Ways to take Part:
You can visit ISKCON Mayapur and spend time in the company of devotees absorbing your mind in the everlasting peace and bliss. Mayapur Tourism is organizing day tours to Mayapur on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) for this Kartik Month.
If you wish to book this tour, please write to [email protected] with your area location and number of passengers.
Invite Sri Radha-Damodar to your own place:
With all your help, we can light every single house and every single heart with the mercy of Lord Damodar this month and convert the whole world into Vaikuntha – a place where there is no place for any misery or anxiety – for which we are all looking for.
Take time to offer a Lamp in Kartik Month (29 Oct – 28 Nov 2012)
At home, keep a picture of Sri Radha-Damodara and offer lamp either in the morning or evening. If you need any help, you can invite devotees to your home who will be happy to visit and to perform the Damodara Arti. You can spread the mercy and receive the unlimited benefit by inviting your friends when Arti is taking place at your residence.
Some of the benefits of offering lamp in the month of Karttika:
“When one offers a lamp during the month of Karttika, his sins in many thousands and millions of births perish in half an eye blink.”
“Please hear the glories of offering a lamp during pleasing to Lord Kesava. O King of brahmanas, a person who offers a lamp in this way will not take birth again in this world.”
“By offering a lamp during the month of Karttika one attains a pious result ten million times greater than the result obtained by bathing at Kuruksetra during a solar eclipse or by bathing in the river Narmada during a lunar eclipse.”
“A person who during the month of Karttika offers a lamp to Lord Kesava has already performed all yajnas and bathing in all holy rivers. ”
“The ancestors say: When someone in our family pleases Lord Kesava by offering to Him a lamp during the month of Karttika, then, by the mercy of the Lord who holds the Sudarsana-cakra in His Hand, we will all attain liberation.”
“By offering a lamp during the month of Karttika one burns away a collection of sins as big as Mount Meru or Mount Mandara. Of this there is no doubt.”
“A person who offers a lamp during the month of Karttika attains a result that cannot be obtained with even a hundred yajnas or a hundred pilgrimages.”
“A person who offers a lamp to Lord Krishna during Karttika attains the eternal spiritual world where there is no suffering.”