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Karthigai Somavaram 2018

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Introduction to Karthigai Somavaram

Karthigai Somavaram refers to the Mondays in the Tamil month of Karthigai (mid-Nov to mid-Dec). These days are considered highly auspicious to connect with Lord Shiva and gain his graceful blessings to absolve your sins and attain transcendental bliss.

Significance of Purattasi Saturday

It is believed that Lord Shiva’s energies are available in abundance during the Karthigai month. According to sacred texts, Lord Shiva appeared in the form of infinite fire during this month. Also, Moon has a special association with Shiva, who adorns him in his matted hair. Moon is the ruling planet of Mondays, and since Mondays are also auspicious for Lord Shiva, Karthigai Mondays are highly revered for the worship of the Supreme Lord.

Mythology behind Karthigai Somavaram

According to legend, Chandra (Moon) was cursed by King Dhaksha, as he did not treat his 27 wives (Daksha’s daughters) equally and hence his powers and luster began to fade. When he was in the last waning stage, he ardently prayed to Lord Shiva to save him. Shiva was pleased with his prayers, relieved him from the curse and placed him on his head as a crescent moon. Lord Shiva with the crescent moon adorned on his head is called “Chandramouleeswarar” or “Someshwara.” It is believed that Chandra was blessed with this boon by Lord Shiva on a Monday in Karthigai month. Hence, Mondays of Karthigai month are idyllic to worship and receive blessings from Lord Shiva.

Rituals of Karthigai Somavaram Vrat (Fasting)

Karthigai Somavaram

Most Shiva devotees observe Karthigai Somavaram Vrat (fasting) and perform special Poojas for Lord Shiva on all Mondays. Fasting is begun in the early morning and is broken with the sighting of the moon. Through the day, devotees chant Shiva mantras including ‘Panchakshari mantra’ and other prayers praising Lord Shiva. Cooked rice and flowers are offered to Lord Shiva. It is highly believed, the rigorous worship on the Mondays shall please Lord Shiva who would grant all your earnest wishes come true.

Performing Archana (Pooja) with Vilva leaves to Lord Shiva on Karthigai Somavaram is believed to promote mental strength and clarity. Since Lord Shiva appeared in the form of ferocious fire during this month, Sangu Abishekam (hydration Pooja with conch shells) is widely performed in all Shiva temples, to cool him down and receive his abundant blessings.

Benefits of Observing Karthigai Somavaram Vrat

Appeasing Lord Shiva on the auspicious Karthigai Somavaram days and observing Vrat (fasting) can bless you with the following benefits:

  • Beget a good spouse and longevity of husband
  • Blessing of sound health, wealth and prosperity
  • Enjoy a debt-free life
  • Peaceful personal and professional lives
  • Absolve sins, and help attain inner peace, and moksha (salvation)
Connect With The Divine

The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.

Shiva Homa

Lord Shiva is the archetype of Universal Consciousness, the primordial energy responsible for all possibilities. This homa invokes his blessings to dissolve your karma and bestow health, happiness, and success.

Shiva Yantra

Fear will no more be a road block to your success! Assault all the evil spirits that dominate your positivity. Let the Shiva Yantra unearth the hidden power in you to come out of the ill spell around.

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