Kartik, the eighth Lunar Month as per the Hindu calendar is one of the holiest months of all. Also, it is extremely auspicious month for any auspicious work. Mere prayers can yield huge results during this phase of the year. The most special thing about this month is that people worship both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu during this period.
However, Kartik Month is particularly dear to Lord Shri Krishna. This phase comes between October and November in the Gregorian calendar. There is a tradition of taking a bath in the holy river before the sun rises, the fifteenth Lunar day or Purnima of Kartik month is called Kartik Purnima and this day is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains as their cultural festival.
This year Kartik Purnima falls on the 316th day of 2019 on Tuesday, 12th of November. A lot of customs and traditions culminate on the day of Kartik Purnima, which makes it even more of an auspicious day. Each part of our country has a different tale to tell, different grounds to celebrate the grandeur of this holy month.
As an important reason for this festival, on this day Lord Vishnu takes the incarnation of Matsya, one of his ten Avatars. People also say that on the same day, Lord Shiva annihilates three demons, Tripurasura- Vidyunmali, Tarakaksha, and Viryavana. Hence it is also popular as Tripura Purnima or Tripurari Purnima. It is believed that on this day all the gods celebrate in heaven by lighting the diya,thus, we also call it Dev Diwali.
One may observe the following foremost activities or rituals throughout the entire month of Kartik-
In the Kartik Month, the Sun becomes debilitated. Specifically, the sun is in debilitation in between 15 October to 15 November, and those people who born in this period have done some very bad karma in respect of father or son, and it is said that those who had sun in debilitation should follow the rituals of Kartik Maas it’ll be very helpful for them to please the departed ancestors.