Puja-Prayers To Perform During Karthika Snanam
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The period from the full moon day in the month of Ashvija to the full moon day in kartika is identified as the duration for taking ceremonial baths called “kartika snana”. in this period, one should wake up early and go to the banks of a holy river at the crack of dawn, perform a sankalpam and take a dip in the river.
Kartika Snana Sankalpam – Karthika Snana Snakalpa mantram:
Deshakaalau sankeerthya ganga vaalukabhi saptarshi mandala paryantham kruthavarashe poundaree kashwamedhadi samastha krathu phala vyapthartham,
Iha janmani janmaantharecha balya kaumara yavvana vaarthakeshu jagrath swapna sushupthya vasthashu jnanatho jnanathasthcha,
Kamatho kamathah swathah preranayaa sambhavithanam sarvesham paapaana mapanodanartham,
Dharmartha kama moksha chaturvidha purushartha sidhyartham,
Kshema sthairya vijaya ayurarogya aishwaryaadheenam uttharottharabhi vrudyartham shivakeshavaanugraha siddhyartham
Varshe varshe prayuktha Kartika maase ….. vasare(Name the day of the puja) yukthayaam…. Thithau (name the thithi of the day) Shri …… (Name the Gothra of the performer) Gothrabhi jathah ……. (Name of the performer) Nama dheyoham – Pavitra Kartika pratha snanam karishye //
Next, one should offer an arghya (water offered in the two palms held together) to the Lord with the following mantra
“namah kamalanAbhAya namaste jalashAyine; namastestu hrishikesha gRuhANarghyam namostu te”
which roughly means “Salutations KamalanAbha, salutations jalashAyi, salutations Hrishikesha, please accept my arghya; salutations to you once again”. Please note that kamalanAbha (the one having a lotus in His navel), jalashAyi (the one sleeping in the ocean), Hrishikesha (controller of all indriyas or sensory organs) are all well known names of Lord Vishnu.
Later one should take a bath uttering the following mantra
“kArtikEham kariShyAmi prAtah snAnam janArdhana; prityartham tava devesha dAmodara mAya saha; dhyAtvAham tvAm cha devesha jaleasmin snAtumudyatah; tava prasAdAtpApam me damodara vinashyatu”
(“O Lord Janardhana, i am taking a holy morning bath in the month of kartika. i am doing this only to please you Lord Damodara and your divine consort Maya devi. i am concentrating on you as i take my bath in this water. O Lord Damodara, may my sins be destroyed by your grace”)
Next one should offer 2 arghyas to Lord Hari along with His consort Radha with the following mantras
“nitya naimittike krishnakArthike pApanAshane; gRuhANArghyam maya dattam rAdhaya sahito hare” and “vratinah kArtika mAsi snAtasya vidhivanmana gRuhANArghyam maya dattam rAdhaya sahito hare”
(the actual meaning of the mantras is not important, it roughly means “O Lord Hari, please accept the arghya offered by me to you and your divine consort Radha in accordance with the religious guidelines, in order to destroy my sins”).
After the completion of Kartika Snanam, the below given mantra is chanted:
Tularashim gathe surye, ganga thrailokya pavani
Sarvathra dravarupena saa sampurnaa bhaveththadaa
As the name itself indicates, ‘puNya-snAna’ is a bath that fetches a lot of puNya (merit), so one should perform it as much as possible in the allowed duration. However, if one is unable to take a bath throughout the month, then an effort should be made to at least do so during the last three days in the month – shukla trayodashi, chaturdashi and pUrNima (shukla trayodashi is the thirteenth day in the bright half of kArtIka, chaturdashi is the fourteenth day and pUrNima is the Full moon day).
Note:This is for your information only, to perform Karthika Snanam Prayers, please contact your near spiritualist or temple pujari to get clear details.