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Kartik Amavasya 2023: Date, Time, Importance, and Pooja Rituals

DateMay 10, 2023

Kartik Amavasya is an important religious festival in the Hindu calendar. It is observed on the no Moon day (Amavasya) of Kartik month. Hindus perform spiritual practices like offering prayers and conducting rituals to honor Vishnu and Shiva on this day. They take a dip in holy rivers, perform Pooja, light lamps, and chant Mantras to seek divine blessings. The day is also called Tripurari Purnima, as on this day, Shiva killed the demon Tripurasura.

Kartik Amavasya 2023: Date and Tithi timings

In 2023, Kartik Amavasya is on November 13. The Amavasya Tithi begins at 14:46 on November 12, 2023, and ends at 14:58 on November 13, 2023.

Kartik Amavasya 2023

Kartik Amavasya – Astrological Importance

Kartik Amavasya has great importance in Hindu astrology. Astrologically, this is a good time to perform rituals for deceased ancestors, who supposedly visit their descendants on earth on this day. So the latter perform special Poojas and Tarpanam rituals to pacify them.

It is also a good day for starting new ventures and engaging in spiritual practices like meditation and yoga. The belief is that the energy of the New Moon combines with the blessings of our ancestors and creates a conducive atmosphere for spiritual growth and development.

Also, Kartik Amavasya enjoys a special connection with Vishnu. So, people worship him on this day by observing fasts and offering special prayers to him.

Spiritual Meaning of Kartik Amavasya

Kartik Amavasya marks the beginning of the holy month of Kartik. This month is very auspicious for engaging in spiritual practices and penance. By performing good deeds during Kartik month, one can gain immense blessings and spiritual merit.

Another important factor is the worship of Vishnu, especially in the form of Saligram, which is very sacred. Devotees perform austerities, offer prayers, and observe fasts to seek divine blessings and spiritual growth.

Kartik Amavasya also reminds us of the story of King Bali, a demon who was a generous and virtuous ruler. Vishnu, in the avatar of Vamana, a dwarf Brahmin, asked Bali to give him three paces of land. Bali agreed readily, but Vamana became huge in size and covered the entire earth and heaven with his two steps. Then he asked Bali where to keep his third step.

Bali, without hesitation, offered his head for the third step, and Vamana pushed him down into the netherworld. But he gave Bali a boon whereby he could visit earth and see his subjects once a year on the day of Kartik Amavasya. Hence, this day is also called Bali Padyami.

Pooja Vidhi for Kartik Amavasya 2023

  • Arise early in the morning, take a bath, and wear clean clothes. Sit in a clean and serene place for the Pooja.
  • Light a diya/lamp in front of the deity. You can worship Shiva or Vishnu on this day.
  • Offer fruits, flowers, sweets, and other things, like milk, honey, etc., to the deity.
  • Chant prayers and Mantras that are dedicated to the deity. (Chant the Mantra, “Om Namah Shivaya,” if you are worshipping Shiva, or “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya” if the deity you are worshipping is Vishnu).
  • Offer incense and light agarbatti to create a pleasant and peaceful atmosphere.
  • Perform aarti. Sing bhajans or devotional songs.
  • Offer Dakshina to a priest or a needy person.
  • Complete the Pooja by seeking the deity’s blessings for you and your loved ones.
  • Why People Worship Lakshmi, Ganesha, and Vishnu on this Day?

    Goddess Lakshmi bestows wealth, prosperity, and good fortune. Worshipping her on Kartik Amavasya brings abundance, financial stability, and success in business. By performing Lakshmi Pooja on this, you can remove financial obstacles and gain prosperity.

    Ganesha is the deity of wisdom, knowledge, and new beginnings. People worship him before any auspicious ceremony, as he can remove obstacles and grant success. So, praying to Ganesha on this occasion can help one overcome obstacles and gain success in their endeavors.

    Vishnu preserves the universe. He bestows good health, prosperity, and happiness. Worshipping Vishnu on this holy day can bring peace and harmony and help you overcome all challenges.

    The 3 deities can remove all negative energies from people’s lives and make their cherished dreams come true. So, performing Poojas for them on Kartik Amavasya can bring immense benefits.

    Remedies for the ill effects of Kartik Amavasya 2023

    Though Kartik Amavasya is an auspicious day, it can have some negative effects on people’s lives. To overcome them, you can perform some Vedic remedies. They are given below.

  • Worship Goddess Lakshmi to remove financial obstacles and gain prosperity.
  • Donate food to the poor. It can reduce the negative effects of Kartik Amavasya.
  • Light a diya with sesame oil on this day to ward off negative energies and attract positivity.
  • Recite the Vishnu Sahasranamam for peace, harmony, and good health.
  • Chant the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra to overcome fears, negativity, and illness.
  • Wear red-colored clothes on Kartik Amavasya. This can attract positivity and eliminate negative energies.
  • Offer milk and honey to a Shivalinga to overcome obstacles and gain success.
  • Perform Rudrabhishekam to overcome negative energies and gain prosperity, peace, and happiness.
  • Take a dip in a holy river on this day, as this can remove negative energies and purify the soul.
  • Donate to charity.
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