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Kartika month is special

In this month of Kartika HH states moon enters the zone of star Krittika which is a star of sun ruled by Agni devata who acting for the true king (sun) delivers his energy and visions to the earth from the heavens. In the same way when we do Deepa Danam to Guru, God in temple and elsewhere, in this month it yields great merit for Agni is the one who will deliver these lights (messenger) to the Gods in heaven. Agni is a true postman of the Gods.

Jai Guru Datta!

Abhishekam (ablutions) is a well-known ritual during this lunar month of Kartika. Some people think the milk used in Abhishekam is all a waste of money. No milk is wasted. The milk is distributed to the priests and workers after Abhishekam. Lord Gangadhara who holds the river Ganga in his matted locks likes getting Abhishekam.

That is why, many households set up Abhishekam in their shrines in such a way that drops of water keep trickling down on to the Shiva Linga. In this lunar month of Kartika, it is very meritorious to witness or perform Abhishekam.

Lighting a lamp is itself equivalent to the fire worship.

It is meritorious to light a lamp.

The lamp symbolizes the Paramatman; it symbolizes Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. It illuminates the path for our ancestors and brings us knowledge.

We should think a little analytically like scientists about why we light all these lamps. The potters are benefiting from the many earthen lamps we are buying for this event. Many wick makers and oil makers are also benefiting. Some devotees lament they are unable to perform fire worship. Why worry? Lighting a lamp is itself equivalent to the fire worship.

We are also churning nectar within our hearts. When we listen to something good, we must first recall it (manana) and then churn to extract the nectar from it (mathana). What we get as a result is the nectar of knowledge. That is the significance of this day (Ksheerabdi Dwadasi – the twelfth day in the lunar month of Kartika).

Krittika star.

In this lunar month of Kartika, the moon enters the zone of Krittika star. There is a lot of peace at this time.

We remind ourselves that there is no distinction between Siva and Kesava (Vishnu). It is also said that Lord Rama himself comes down to worship Lord Siva in the month of Kartika. We are a lighting the lamp of knowledge by participating in this Koti Deepotsavam. May you be bestowed with auspiciousness. May you all grow spiritually.

Sri Guru Datta.

November 9, 2019 – Speech of HH Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji in the evening during Koti Deepotsavam – Hyderabad.

Photo Credit ;Avadootha Datta Peetham

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