This is a month of festivals and people can be seen fasting, taking holy bath and worshipping their gods. The entire month is dedicated to religious activities.
Kartik Month Pooja
Kartik month is considered to be an auspicious month to perform religious ceremonies. Everyday of this month is a festival, as maximum number of festivals are celebrated in this month. It is believed that taking bath in holy water during the period of Akshin Paksha to Kartik Paksha is very auspicious. The devotees take bath in Ganga river early in the morning and worship god at their homes.
Worship Radha – Krishna with tulsi, amla etc in the morning after taking bath, along with all other gods and goddesses. In the evening worship Lord Vishnu and goddess Tulsi by lightning a diya. It is believed that in the Kartik month, the rays of Sun and Moon have a positive effect on the body and mind of humans. Worshipping Lord Vishnu, goddess Tulsi in Kartik month has a special significance and the one who does it is blessed with good fruits.
Tara Bhojan in Kartik Month
The devotees eat tara bhojan during Kartik month. They keep fast for the whole day and eat food only after worshipping the stars in the evening. On the last day of the fast, udhyapan is done and priests are offered some kind of dakshina. Donate saree to brahamin female, mother-in-law along with some money according to your potency.
Chhoti Sankali Fast in Kartik Month
Chhoti Sankali fast is observed on the full moon day of Kartik month. The observer doesn’t eat anything on the full moon day. Then next two days he can eat food followed by observing the fast again on the third day . If Sunday or Ekadashi comes in between these three days, then the observer doesn’t eat anything for 2 continuous days. This procedure of observing the fast continues for the entire one month. Udhyapan and homas are performed on the last day of fasting and 33 priests are served food along with one brahamin couple. The person should do udhyapan as per his potency. If you are unable to serve food to 33 brahmans, then just do it by serving the food to a brahman couple.
Badi Sankali Fast in Kartik Month
Badi Sankali fast begins from full moon day. The observer does not eat anything on the first day. The food can be taken on the second day followed by fasting on the third day. If Sunday or Ekadashi comes in between these three days, then the observer doesn’t eat anything for 2 continuous days. This procedure of observing the fast continues for the entire one month. Udhyapan to complete the fast is performed similarly to that of Chotti Sankali fast.
Narayan Tarayan Fast in Kartik Month
Narayan Tapayan Fast is observed for the whole month. The observer does not eat anything on Sharad purnima and the next day eat only one time. In the evening on duj or dwitya the fast is opened after seeing the stars. On the third day again, the person does not eat anything, followed by eating only one time on the fourth day. On the fifth day the observer opens the fast after seeing the stars. This procedure of observing the fast continues for entire one month. On the day of Udhyapan serve food to a brahmin couple and donate them some money and clothes as per your potency.
According to the ancient scriptures, Chandrayaan Fast is observed to please Lord Chandra and to achieve the blessing of Chadralok. People observe this fast to reduce their sins. Chandrayaan fast have a special significance and helps the observer to get relief from his sins and defects. The fast begins from the Shukla paksha if Kartik month and is observed in accordance of the phases of moon.
First Method of Chandrayan Fast
Chandrayaan fast can be observed in two ways. On the first day one mouthful of food is taken followed by two mouthful food on the second day and three mouthful on the third. In this way the quantity of the food increases according to the day. On the 15th day i.e purnima, the observer should et 15 mouthful of food. Then from the next day keep on reducing the quantity of food with each passing day i.e 14 mouthful food on the first day after the purnima, 13 mouthful of food on the second and so on. On the day of amavasya the observer does not eat anything completing the Chandrayaan fast.
Second Method of Chandrayan Fast
In the second method of Chandrayaan fast, the observer begins by eating 14 mouthful of food on the first day, 13 on the second. The quantity of food keeps reducing day by day. On the day of purnima the observer eats 1 mouthful of food, 2 mouthful on the second day, 3 mouthful on the third and so on. On amavasya the observer does not eat anything.
This fast begins from the day of Sharad purnima and both the methods are appropriate to observe the fast.
Methods of Chandrayan Fast
The observer should take bath in the morning and wear clean clothes. Then worship the goddess Tulsi and light a monolithic lamp at a clean place. Establish an idol of a god on a platform of wood and keep the tulsi plant next to it. Plant barley, wheat and jowar plants next to the tulsi plant. The observer should take one tulsi leaf and ganga water everyday along with charna-amrit. The observer can intake juices and milk during th fast. On the last day of the fast udhyapan is done as per the observer’s potency by giving dakshina to the priests.
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