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November 19, 2012

Karthika Somavar Vratham & Koti Somavar Vratham

Karthika Somavar Vratham:
This is one of the 'Vratham' people perform to impress Lord Shiva in South of India.Actually this can be observed on all Mondays but there are some special days , in which when this 'Vratham' is said to be performed will be attaining more sanctity .According to Puranas, Mondays of Karthika masam in South and Mondays of Shravana masam in North of India are considered to be the most auspicious days to perform the 'Vratham'.

  Kartika Somavara Vratam 2012 dates are November 19, November 26, December 3, and December 10


 This procedure may vary from place to place.One who performs this vratham should wake early in the morning , perform spiritual head bath with cold water and perform Abhishekam to Lord Shiva with 5 different variety substances .They are Milk,Honey,Curd,water,Ghee, Ocimum(Tulasi) leaves.This is traditionally called 'Rudrabhishekam '.

People offer Bilva patra (Machi patram) and Vibhudhi to Lord Shiva and worship Him with offerings or Prasadam.

It is believed that the Moon observed Somavara Vratam to escape from the curse of Daksha and to get the blessings from Lord Shiva and a spot in His matted locks.It must be noted that Kartik month in North India is generally dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

It is also said that one who does this will enjoy the glory of joy and every pleasure in this world  and will reach to Kailasam ( Lord Shiva's world) after death.

Koti Somavara Vratham:

'Koti Somavara Vratham' is observed in 'Shravana Nakshatram' (star) which usually comes before 'Karthika Pournima' ,that is today November 19

People perform the rituals like Abhishekam and Rudrabhishekam as stated above and lit three ghee lamps before The LorD Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. It is said that one who lits the lamps will attain  moksha from all the sins (even from all the life times) ,also  relieves from all the belongings and bonds on earth.It is also said that one who perform this will be happy forever and reach 'Kailasam' after death

The prayers and rituals are observed as stated as above expect for the 'Rudrabhishekam' which is performed for 11 times this day to attain moksha 

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