Kartika Month

20th Oct 2002
Svayam Sphuraty Krishna das

Dear Devotees,
Please accept my humble obeisances, All glories to Srila Gurudeva and Srila Prabhupada.

As you may be aware that from tomorrow 21 Oct, Damodar month or Kartika month or is going to start. This month is extremely dear to Krishna and His devotees. The glories of Damodar month or Kartika month have been given in detail in Padam Purana and Skanda Purana. Also, these Puranas describe the benefits of undertaking vratas and performing devotional activities during Kartika month. Srila Prabhupada , however, has taught us that we should perform devotional service simply to please Krishna, samsiddhir hari tosanam, without aspiring any kind of benefit.  Following are some devotional activities (very simple and easy to perform) that please Krishna very much if performed, particularly, during the auspicious month of Kartika:

  • Each family member should offer a ghee/oil lamp to Lord Radha Damodar in morning and evening while reciting Damodarastakam.
  • Tending tulsi plant - offering lamp and water everyday.
  • Offering  
    i) sweet rice mixed with pure ghee and
    ii) sugar cubes (kalkandu or misri).
  • Reading Srimad Bhagavatam everyday, particularly, Gajendra Moksha episode, SB Canto 8, Chapters 2, 3, 4.

Your aspiring servant,
Svayam Sphuraty Krishna das