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Kartika Pournima

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

On the midnight of the next full moon, the moon will appear just in front of Kritika constellation from earth. Hence the current month is called Kartika month. Kritika Nakshatra (Plaiedes constellation) is a constellation located among billions of stars of a nebula with a circumference of fifty light years, in which only six stars are clearly visible.

Kritika Nakshatra, Earth and Moon coming in a straight line is considered suitable for shakti-sadhana. Kritika has influenced the entire human race and there are myths about them in almost every culture. Halloween is also celebrated only when they are right above the head. In the month of Kartika, there is a full moon in this constellation. The word Kartika means arrowhead, knife tip, plow fruit. Agni is the god of the constellation Kritika. Agni means energy. This is power. Fire is the life force of life. Kritika is best known as the sisters that reared Subramanium Swami brother to Ganapathi and who carried the Vel.


photo credit. www ancient origins.net . The Pleiades, an open cluster consisting of approximately 3,000 stars at a distance of 400 light-years (120 parsecs) from Earth in the constellation of Taurus. It is also known as "The Seven Sisters", or the astronomical designations NGC 1432/35 and M45. ( Public Domain )

Sri Maha Ganapate Namaha Sri Sarasvatyai Namaha Sri Padavallabha Narasimha Sarasvati Sri Guru Dattatreyaya Namaha


This year 8th.November 2022 Purnima Tithi POS Trinidad

Begins - 06:45 AM on Nov 07, 2022 Purnima Tithi Ends - 07:01 AM on Nov 08, 2022

Drik panchang.


Today, Kartika Pournima, is a very powerful day. This day is celebrated as a big festival in the Panduranga temple in Maharashtra. Those who perform the special Satyanarayana Puja on this day are bestowed with energy and Knowledge. So do not miss out on participating in the Satyanarayana Vrata. This ritual is traditionally performed every full moon day. Satya means truth. Narayana is our Parabrahman, our God. I said many times before that God is formless. We give him a form, because we follow the Karma theory. The formless Lord is capable of taking on a form.


Deepa Danam

One more important item during Kartika Pournima is “Deepa Danam”. Deepa is light, specifically in this case, light lit with ghee (clarified butter). Deepa signifies Parabrahman. We are showing the light to our ancestors through Deepa Danam.

All beings are constantly suffering due to the darkness of ignorance. If you touch and see the light, the darkness will be removed. That light shows the path to knowledge. We all need a little Knowledge. We mistakenly believe we have a lot of knowledge because we have diplomas, degrees and Phds. That is not Knowledge. That is only intellect and is different from Knowledge. You must use that intellect to gain Knowledge, otherwise, there is no use. What you know is limited to worldly things; you don’t know your inner God. You may know what is going on in the world, you may know Mathematics and other subjects, but you do not know reality.

Reality comes from the spiritual path.

If you follow the spiritual path and follow the Guru and study good scriptures and experience the association with wise people, maintain good friendship, practice humility, truth and contentment, then you will understand the God in you. You will know who God is and who you really are. That is the big question “Who am I?” Am I the body? No. Because the body ends one day. The five elements of nature take away the body after a 100 years or after 10,000 years. The duration does not matter, the body will eventually be taken away. Vedanta refers to that as “Mithya” or Maya or illusion. This drama in our world is all an illusion. Husband, wife, children etc are all an illusion. One day they will all disappear. Grandparents, parents, uncles aunts, every one disappear. Old souls go and new souls come to earth. This is maya. That is why Swamiji is always giving you short stories so we can attain knowledge as much as possible.


Kartika Pournima and Deepam

So, today is Kartika Pournima. This lunar month of Kartika is very powerful. Emperor Janaka once asked Sage Vasishtha about the greatness of the lunar month of Kartika. The sage described the greatness of the month of Kartika in 30 chapters and said that showing deepa (light) to God or Guru this month bestows good results.

The first principle in the description says: Deepa jyoti parabrahma – Deepa is itself God


Deepam sarva tamopaham – If you give Deepa to Guru or to the temple, your Tamo Guna will be removed. Tamo Guna is the quality of inertia including procrastination, excessive sleeping, eating etc. You like sleeping and eating and quarreling and entertaining bad thoughts all the time. If you do Deepa Danam, Tamo guna is burned out completely.

Deepam sadhyate arvam – If you have goals, intentions, or want to ask boons of Guru or God, beseech the Lord with prayers and have a heart-to-heart conversation. Every evening in this lunar month, you must compulsorily show Deepa to Guru. Today is such a powerful full moon day. This full moon day, all kinds of Gods are on earth. 365 billion Gods are present on earth today.


All rivers are energized today on Kartika Pournima.

It is not just the Hindu waters but the oceans too that are energized. So, take a head bath today and pray to God. We are all fortunate to perform Satyanarayana Puja today in the Hanuman temple today. Tomorrow is also Pournima. Both days are important for

Satyanarayana Puja. I bless everyone that is participating in this Puja. Swamiji protects you always and blesses you all. I cannot explain the greatness of this month adequately. Every day of Kartika masa is very powerful.


Excerpts from Speech of HH Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji in the morning – November 22, 2018 – KSHT, Dallas.

PhotoCredit ; Avadootha Datta Peetham

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