During Karthikai vratam on Mondays is ideal. I suggest fasting on Mondays only.
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Karthigai Somavaram, or Karthika Somavara Ubayam, is the Mondays in the Tamil Month Karthigai which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kartika Somavar Vratam is observed by Shiva devotees in the month and special pujas and rituals are held in Shiva temples in maintained by Tamil community. Fasting from sunrise to sunset is undertaken by many devotees. In 2008, the dates of Karthigai Somavaram are November 17, November 24, December 1, December 8 and December 15.
Kartigai Somavar Vratam is from sunrise to sunset. Devotees do not consume food after sunrise. Some people opt for a liquid diet or fruit diet and others go for the traditional strict fasting of without food.
Prayers and puja dedicated to Shiva is performed early in the morning. The puja begins with prayer to Lord Ganesh. A picture of Lord Shiva or Shivling is used for the prayer.
It must be noted here that Lord Shiva is also known as Ashutosh – one who is easily pleased. So a devotee needed not worry about the elaborate puja rituals. A simple recital of ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ with devotion will please Lord Shiva.
Karthigai Somavar Vratam ends with the evening puja after sunset.
Shiva devotees usually avoid diet consisting of garlic and onion while breaking a fast.
Narrated experiences - Narathar, Manu etc. about fasting throughout Karthikai month is given in http://www.murugan.casz83.com/fasti… But considering the present day problems, I would advise fasting on Mondays only.
Karthika Masam is very important for Lord Shiva. Especially Monday’s are important. So On Monday’s and Karthika poornima we will do fasting. Remaining days simply do Lord Shiva pooja. Fasting time will be from the woke time to night(after 7p.m.) , during that time we should not take any solid food, liquids are fine. In night take normal food with out any masala’s, onion or garlic. Prepare a sweet and offer it to God.
1)Ahoi Ashtami is dedicated to worship Ahoi Bhagwati or Ahoi Mata. Ahoi Ashtami is observed on Kartik Krishna Ashtami. This festival is observed mainly in North India. The puja procedure and rituals of Ahoi Mata Puja on Ahoi Ashtami may differ from region to region but the general procedure of Puja is given here.
Ahoi Ashtami fast or Upvaas is very similar to Karva Chauth vrat. Mothers observe fast on Ahoi Ashtami day for wellbeing of their children. They wake up before the Sunrise and go to temples to offer prayers to Ahoi Mata.
Some people perform Ahoi Bhagwati Puja at their homes. They draw a picture of Ahoi Bhagwati at a sacred and sanctified place in their puja rooms and a bowl of water is placed on it. Printed images and posters of Ahoi Bhagwati Mata are also available nowadays. A red coloured thread which is applied with turmeric powder in both the edges is wrapped around the bowl of water. After that, all the women listen to the story of Ahoi Mata which is recited by an elderly lady. The women break their fast in the evening after seeing the Moon and stars in the sky. 2)Kedara Gauri Vrata or Kedareshwara Gowri Vratham is an observance to perform on Diwali Amavasya. Kedara Gauri Vratam 2009 date is October 18. Usually, on the day of Kedara Vratam, married women or married couple worships Kedareshwara, Lord Shiva. Kedareshwara is another name of Lord Shiva.
In some places, Kedara Gauri Vratam is observed from Ashwayuja Bahula Ashtami (8th day in the second phase of Ashwayuja masam) and concluded on Ashwayuja Amavasya (No Moon day of Ashwayuja masam). But, in practice Kedara Gauri Vratham is performed for on a single day i.e. Deepavali Amavasya day.
Devotees perform Kedareshwara Gowri Vratam to get rid of their sorrows and sins and to lead the life with happiness and pleasure. Performing Kedara Gauri vrath gives almost all joys for devotees.
In Andhra Pradesh and some places of Karnataka and Maharashtra, Kedara Vratham is a main ritual for farming communities. Farmers and their families observe the vrata by decorating and worshipping their wealth of animals.
The day after Deepavali, in Hyderabad and some other Deccan places of South India, Sadar Festival is celebrated. Sadar is a colourful festival during which buffaloes are decorated and worshipped in a spectacular way. In the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, Sadar festival is celebrated by Yadav communities with utmost enthusiasm. 3)Lakshmi Puja is a main ritual observed on Diwali, also known as Deepavali. According to Puranas and other Hindu Sacred texts, diya or deepam marks the presence of Lakshmi in that particular place. Goddess Lakshmi is emerged to take away the darkness around us. There are some special stotras or prayers to praise and please Goddess Lakshmi. Here is one of the Diwali Lakshmi stotras:
* Nama shriyei lokadhaatraie brahmamathre namonamaha * Namasthe padmanethrayei padmamukhyei namonamaha // * Prasanna mukha padmayei padma kanthyei namonamaha * Namo bilva vanasthayei Vishnu pathyei namonamaha // * Vichitra kshama dharinyei pruthu shronyei namonamaha * Pakva bilva phalaapeena thungastasyei namonamaha // * Suraktha padma prathabha karapaadathale shubhe * Sarathnangadha keyura kanchinupura shobhithe // * Yakshakardama samliptha sarvange katakojhwale * Mangalyaa bharanaischithraei muktaharai rvibhu****ey // * Thaatankai ravatham saischa shobhamana mukhambhuje * Padmahasthe namasthubhyam praseeda harivallabhe // * Rugvajussamarupayei vadyayaithe namonamaha * Praseedasmaan krupadrushti paathei raloka yabdhije * Yedrushtathe thwaya brahma rudrendrathwam samapnuyu 4)Kartika masam is the holiest month for Hindus as it is favorite month for Lord Shiva and Vishnu. In 2009, Kartik month begins on 19th October and ends on 16th November as per the Hindu traditional calendars followed in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Many major festivals are celebrated during the month of Karthik.
In some places, Kartik month is dedicated to Lord Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva. Lord Kartik is also called as Skanda, Subramanya or Shanmukha. During this month, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, and Lord Kartik are worshipped. Many important and major festivals are celebrated during the Kartik month. Kartika Shukla Paksham in 2009 begins on – 19th October and ends on 2nd November. Kartika Krishna Paksham in 2009 beigns on 3rd November and ends on 16th November.
Some important festivals and auspicious days in Kartik Month 2009 as per Telugu and Kannada Calendars:
* Bali Padyami – 19th October * Brathru Dwitiya or Bhagini Hastha Bhojanam – 20th October * Sodari Tritiya – 21st October * Nagula Chavithi – 22nd October * Trilochana Gauri Vratham – 22nd October * Naga Panchami – 23rd October * Naga Shashti – 24th October * Bhanu Saptami – 25th October * Goshtashtami – 26th October * Karthaveerya Uthpatti or Karthaveerya Arjuna Jayanti – 26th October * Yagnavalkya Jayanti 2009 – 28th October * Utthana Ekadashi 2009 – 29th October * Bhodhana Ekadashi or Prabhodhini Ekadasi – 29th October * Ksheerabdhi Dwadashi 2009 or Yogini Dwadashi – 30th October * Chilku Dwadashi or Damodara Dwadasi – 30th October * Shani Trayodashi – 31st October * Vaikunta Chaturdashi 2009 – 1st November * Kartika Pournami 2009 – 2nd November – Maha Karthiki * Kartika Jwala Thoranam – 2nd November * Karthika Krishna Ekadashi – 12th November * Shani Trayodashi Pradosh – 14th November * Masa Shivaratri – 15th November * Kartika Amavasya – 16th November * Ama Somavara Vratam – 16th November – Sarve Amavasya Puja * Vrushchika Sankranthi or Vricchika Sankramana Punya Kaalam – 16th November
Fasting during Karthika Masam is usually done on Mondays or Tuesdays. If you are intending to perform on Mondays, perform Udyapanam (breaking of vow) on Karthika Bahula Chaturdashi (Naraka Chaturdashi) 17/10/2009. If you intended to perform fast on Tuesdays, perform Udyapanam on Full Moon Day. Details of Fasting: 1. Rise early on the selected day, perform puja, chant ashtottaram and offer neivedyam 2. You may take water or fruits if you feel weak or this is syour first time 3. Have a simple dinner (Pounded Rice or Boiled Rice with milk, curd, dry fruits but NO salt) 4. Concentarte more on god and less on your hunger throughout the day. Sreyo Bhuyat Sakala Jananam
actually somvar vrath is suggested thro out the year. but it is done during karthik month as this month is favorable to gods particularly shivji. this vrath is done only on Monday and fasting has to be done during daytime and after sunset one has to perform shiv pooja and offer the food to shivji and then take it. some drink liquids.
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