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The auspicious month of Kartika

Post Author: Damodara Svarupa Dasa    Date: 2007-10-27 15:00:00

"In the month of Kartika one should worship Lord Damodara and daily recite the prayer known as Damodara ashtakam, which has been spoken by the sage Satyavrata and which attracts Lord Damodara." (Sri Hari bhakti vilasa 2:16:198)

Performing vrata in the month of Kartika is glorified profusely in the puranas. Since this month is very dear to Krsna by performing austerities, or restraining ones sense gratification and performing activities to please the senses of the Lord, one becomes very dear to Sri Krsna.

One should increase ones devotional service by performing more deity worship, hearing and speaking about the Lord, by extra japa of the Lord's name, worshipping tulasi, staying awake at night chanting, visiting holy tirthas and offering lamps to the Lord - hence the festival Deepavali or Diwali, meaning "a row of lights".

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