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Query from: ratna, usa, 10/29/06
Topic: SPIRITUALITY      Submitted on:
Subject: kartika masam monday fasting

hi amma, please explain how to do shiva pooja,fasting until,rules, kartika somavaram day . what can i eat fasting day?

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Response from: Hari Rama,   
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After taking bath, wearing neat and clean clothes, the worshipper should make oneself sanctified. All the things for Shiv-poojan, as given before in the list of substantial material required, should be kept ready. The CHAUKI, on which the Shiv-Diety is to be throned should be covered by the white cloth and then the phallus-deity be enthroned after giving it a bath in milk, then in GANGAAJAL (water of river Gangaa) in full devotion.

In the same way, the SHIV-TALISMAN should also be placed on the CHAUKI. Shiv-Deity, may be of any metal, stone, wood or clay. It is convenient to have an inscribed Talisman on a copper-plate, otherwise it can be drawn on a bark of birch tree by white sandal.

After giving throne to Lord Shiva, incense stick and the clay-lamp be lighted. The KALASH should also be placed on the right side, filled with water. The leaves of the wood-apple should be sanctified by giving them wash in clean water. It is the assumption that ‘Raam’ ‘Raam’ is also written on these leaves by white sandal, it is more pleasing to God Shiva. To begin with Pooja after having seat on the Aasan infront of the Diety.

CONTEMPLATION MANTRA OF GOD GANESH It is a well assumed and known fact in Hindu religious rites and worship of any God, that it must be begun after paying devotional regards to Shree Ganesh Ji first. Hence, in Shiv-Poojan too, we are to worship Lord Ganesh first. His deity should also be place on the CHAUKI by the right side of the main deity. He should be given substantial offers as Arghya, unbroken rice, flowers, niaiviaidya etc. pronouncement of Contemplation Verse, which is as follows:

Aum sumukhashchiaikadantashcha kapilo gajakarnak: I Lambodarashcha vikato Vighanaasho vinaayak: II Dhoomrakeyturganaadyaksho Bhaalachandro gajaanan: I Dwaadwashayi: taani naamaani ya: Patheychhu-nuyaadapi II Vidyaarambhey vivaahey cha Praveyshey nirgamey tathaa I Sangraamey sankatashchayiva Vighna tasya na jayatey II Shuklaambaradharan Deyvan shashivarn chaturabhujam I Prasanna vadanan Dhyaayeytsarva vighnopashaantyey II see the full puja procedure from the below site.……

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Response from: Pandit R DAKSHINA MOORTHI,   
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Dear Member:

You can do shiva Pooja by invoking Lord Shiva in either a picture, shiva lingam (may be sphatik, mud, or stone), or on a kalasam (consecrated pot). Shiva is ashutosh - one who is easily pleased with worship. You can satisfy Lord Shiva by simply chanting the following 8 names if time is a constraint:

"Om Bhavaaya devaaya namaha" "Om sarvaaya devaaya namaha" "Om Ishaanaaya devaaya namaha" "Om Pasupate Devaayana namaha" "Om Rudraaya devaaya namaha" "Om Ugraaya devaaya namaha" "Om Bheemaaya devaaya namaha" "Om Mahato devaaya namaha"

If time permits, you can chant Shiva sahasranaamam, or at least shiva ashtottara satha naamaavali.

You should avoid worshipping Lord Shiva with flowers that are too dark red in colour usually. Thaazhampoo (a spiky long flower - I am unable to recall how it is called in English) is prohibited for Shiva Pooja.

Regarding the fast, you can fast throughout the day till sunset and then have a normal diet devoid of onions/ garlic. Or, you can just take liquid foods throughout the day. Or you can survive only on fruits during the day and then have a normal diet at night after the shiva pooja.

Kartika somavaara vrattam is highly efficacious in ensuring family well-being and progress.

Blessed be Pandit R.DAKSHINAMOORTHI.

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Response from: Upendrasarma jupudi,   
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You beter perform the siva abhishekam in early morning before sunrise. Shiva has five faces accordingly at varuious time he will be in that form. early morning he will be in Sajyojatha mukha which is so pleasant 2) Vamadeva mukham 3)Aghoramukham at midd day i.e 12.00 N00n 4) Tatpurash mukham 5)EesanamukhamThis is also very good time i.e Just before sunset (Pradosha kala) it will have its own effects it will good results.In all the five faces 1st 3rd and 5th will give very goodresults. Don't think that other will not give results.Shiva si Ashutoshudu means he feels very happy just for small things because of that only if we pore few drops of water on him he will good results. On monday you perform Abhishekam in the early morning and be in fasting till evening . again in the evening befor sunset you prform abhishekam and pooja with Bilwa and have your food(Satwika ahara without onionand Garlic, Spicy).In between you can take some milk /Fruit juice /Coconut water but not any solid food

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Response from: kanthi avasarala,   
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dear ratna,on monday of karthikamasam ,one should have to wakeup by 4 am,do coldwater head bath,then lit diya and do puja near thulasi amma and recite all the slokas and sthothrams related to sivakesavulu,gents do abhishekam to lord shiva.they say that before karthika damodara goes off,(a star in the sky) the puja should be finished off that is before 6 am,after puja be fast up to evening six,then in the meanwhile after eve 6 pm,after eve puja we offer all the food items prepared at 5 pm as naivedhyam , and have food at 8 pm. in the noon they read karthika puranam etc.with fast.. actually this is the procedure followed by our traditional ancestors. but now a days being busy, only some people are doing this.some people have morning lunch and eve tiffin. this is the 2nd procedure of karthikasomavaram.u can have fruits or milk when u r fasting.

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Response from: girija shanker,   
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Hi ratna,

Shri Skandha Puranam, one of the 18 major puranams suggests some vratas to obtain the grace of Lord Shiva. Somavara Vratam is one of them. The Soma Vara Vratam, you have enquired about is for Lord Shiva; Soma means ‘moon’ in Sanskrit and telugu; thus, came about the name for the Lord who wears the moon, the Soma, on his hair. Since Mondays are called somavarams, this vratam is prescribed for Mondays. It is observed on the Mondays of ‘Karthika masams,’ between middle of November and middle of December.

Now let us see how you should observe this vratam:

On the Karthika Somavaram Day, get up early in the morning. After bathing, you could finish making your prashad and start on the pooja for Lord Shiva. You could recite ashtothrams and various slokas and hymns pertaining to Lord Shiva. You could do Abhisheka, which is an important part of the pooja.

You may get detailed information about Abhisheka from the site – it also tells some more information about pooja and abhisheka:…

At the end, arati is performed.

The object of performing the puja in this manner is to treat the deity as one would a guest, with honour and respect. In temples, the deities are treated as kings.

Though the steps of worship are the same for all deities, there is some difference in the puja of each. For instance, the kind of flowers offered is different for each deity.

Presently, a puja might also involve japa or meditation. A very important part of any puja is the applying of tilaka and the distribution of prasada to devotees.

Another site for you:…

This site suggests the materials for Abhisheka: Pure water, milk, sugarcane juice, ghee, honey, waters of sacred rivers, sea water.

After pooja, you may share the food with other devotees ; some people do partial fasting, say they skip a meal and some do fasting the whole day. There are no hard and fast rules for fasting. You may also have a meal in the afternoon and eat some fruit for the night.

I hope I have given you some useful information.

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Response from: NEERAJA NAVEEN,   
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Shivji or Shankar or Bholenath or Mahesh is the Destroyer in the Hindu Trinity. Brahma is the Creator, Vishnu the Protector and Mahesh.the Destroyer. He is known as Bhole Shankar as He is the simplest and most easy to please. He has immense power and can destroy the whole Universe with His extreme short temper but at the same time He is also most forgiving. Shiv and His Consort Parvati, the incarnation of Maa Shakti, are revered by all Hindus.

Monday is Lord Shiva’s special day. Hindus fast on Mondays and perform the Shiv Pooja. Shaivites are members of sect of Hindus who are worship Lord Shiva ardently. Shiv Lingam is the object of worship and is bathed with water and milk to please and appease Lord Shiv. Maha Shivratri is also celebrated with Shiv Pooja.

This fast series is done to please Lord Shiv, the naïve God who is so easy to please. One begins the fast on a Monday of the bright fortnight of any month. Many people observe this serial fast during the Chatur Maas (The four holy months from June/July to October/November). On the 17th Monday, Udyapan or thanksgiving to Lord Shiv is done.

The person who observes the fast should do Shiv-Parvati Pooja after having a bath, he should then read the “Solah Somvar Katha” and fast till sunset. During the fast hours, he may have some fruits, nuts and milk. He can have one meal at sunset.

u can do ordinary puja to shiva on that day with fasting or u can do karthika vratam .u see it in telugu in links :…


or u can perform slolah somvar vratha

for solah somvar vratha katha and monday fasting u see the links below:……………

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Response from: Bharani Kalyan,   
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hi u can have head bath early inthe morning..and if u have lingastakam,sivastrotram..etc u can read them and also if u do pooja to tulasi and vusiri its very good itseems tat too specially in kartika masam. and u can have fruits and liquids while fasting..but evening u can have dinner after sunset and do pooja to tulasi and then u can have u r dinner

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Response from: sathyaja kizakkekara,   
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receiting shiva panchaakshara mantra is the most important.For shiva, there is no pooja rules at home.fasting has to done from early morning without any food or water till evening...6.30.till deepa aaraadhana is done.chanting AUM mantra atleast for 5 minutes early morning and evening can b included.If u r taking any medicine or under any ill healthy condition, please dont fast.( so that the question of what can u eat doing fast is not at all araising). Shambho mahadeva.....

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Response from: Ravula V S Rao,   
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Dear Ratnaji,

Fasting full day is not recommended - spiritually and scientifically.

You have to get up early morning and can can do abhishekam to Lord Shiva - to the Shiva Linga.

Ladies are prohibited to perform abhishekam to Lord Shiva - Lingam.

Right from the morning till evening fasting to be done - in between fruits and milk can be taken with limited quantity and just after sunset - take bath and food.

Chanting Lord name throught the day will give better results.

We should not think of bad things/ do bad deeds.


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Response from: Mural T R S ,   
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Dear ratna,

you can get the details about Karthika Somavara vratham in this link.…

Performing vrata in the month of Kartika (Damodara) 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 the Krsna. As Satya yuga is the best of yugas, as the vedas are the best of scriptures, as ganga is the best of rivers, so kartika is the best of months, the most dear to Krsna. The vrata may begin on the ekadasi of the waxing moon of asvina, on the purnima, or (samkranti) when the sun enters the house of Libra.

Five activities are glorified: staying awake, early morning bath, worship of Tulasi, offering lamps and performing austerities.

One should practice brahmacarya, give charity, and perform homa and japa.

One is advised to give up eating beans, kalami saka, patola, eggplant, meat, fish, liquor, oil massage, illicit sex, grains cooked by others.

One should eat once a day havisana.

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.

One should worship Radha Damodara and recite the Damodarastaka daily.…

Devotees who are getting Abhisheka material (Milk, Juice, Buttermilk, Flowers, Fruits, Naivedyam), please bring the milk etc. to lead priest well ahead of time of Abhishekam by 6.30 pm.

Fasting in Sanskrit is called upavaasa. Upa means “near” + vaasa means “to stay”. Upavaasa therefore means staying near (the Lord), meaning the attainment of close mental proximity with the Lord. Then what has upavaasa to do with food?…

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You can also see this link for Somavar Vratam…

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