The auspicious month of Kartika begins – on the 1st November. During this month, we honour Krishna’s extraordinary loving exchanges with His pure devotees by singing Damodarastakam and offering candles daily.
One such devotee, Yashoda, forgets that Krishna is God and relates to Him as His mother. When Krishna steals butter and yoghurt, Yasoda chases and then binds Him. This supremely charming pastime has been remembered, sung about, and honoured through the ages. Any spiritual activity we do during Kartika is magnified, so it’s an ideal time for us to immerse ourselves in Krishna consciousness.
By observing spiritual vows during Kartik we can get the shelter of Srimati Radhika, the Queen of Vrindavan. So we’re all encouraged to increase our chanting of Krishna’s holy names, reading Srila Prabhupada’s books, associating with Krishna’s devotees, and worshipping His all-attractive form of Sri Damodar. Of the twelve months, this month is particularly dear to Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Śrī Kṛṣṇa certainly rewards the devotee who worships Him during Kārtika with residence in His own abode, even if worshipped with minimum items. Dāmodara is famous as bhakta-vatsala, and His month imbibes His characteristics: it rewards even a tiny effort with huge results.
“When one offers a lamp during the month of Kārtika, his sins in many thousands and millions of births perish in half an eye blink.”
Text 77, Kartika-mahatmya, Hari-bhakti-vilāsa
Offer a candle everyday, in honor of a loved one, on a special occasion or the whole Kartika month. You will receive a picture in your inbox of the offered candle on Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha’s Altar. If you offer a candle for the whole month, you will receive a Kartika gift by post.
We can place your Kartik prayer at Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha lotus feet.