Karthika Vratam


Karthigai or Krithika is one of the 27 nakshatras in Vedic astrology. The day this star appears is celebrated as Krithigai. As we know the 27 nakshatras follow a certain sequence based on Moon and when Moon moves to Krithika constellation, it is observed as Krithigai or Karthika Vratam. This festival is dedicated for Lord Muruga as it is His birth star. Special pujas and rituals for Lord Muruga are performed to please Muruga for His blessings.

Karthika Vratam 2023

Mon , 2nd Jan 2023

Legend of Krithigai Vratam

Skanda Purana talks volumes about Lord Muruga, events associated with His birth, childhood, His bravery in war, His penance, and His kundalini yoga skills. Lord Muruga was created from the Third eye of Lord Shiva in the form of 6 fiery flames that later became six baby boys. These six babies were taken to their foster mothers or Karthigai Pengal- Celestial maidens by Lord Agni and Lord Vayu. They nurtured and cared for the six babies until their boyhood. Once they attained boyhood, Goddess Parvati in the form of Vameshvari, amalgamated all six boys into a single boy with six heads and named him Shanmuga- A lord with six faces. He went onto win huge battles with demons and guard Pleiadeans, unveil Kundalini techniques to the mankind.

Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati blessed Karthigai maidens with a boon that their day will be celebrated as Karthigai Nakshatra and will be special for Lord Muruga. Thus, honouring Karthigai Nakshatra is perceived as honouring Lord Karthikaya as well.

Significance of Krithigai Vratam

This Krithika Star has two presiding deities, Lord Agni (Fire element) and Lord Muruga. Sanskrit word Kritika means "Sharp Spear" or "Critical" and denotes destruction of toxic masculinity, negativity, and mental impurities. Lord Muruga or Lord Skanda or Karthikeya who is the Commander in chief of the Celestial Army of Godly Forces was said to be born in this Nakshatra. Lord Agni is a lord with Seven Sharp fiery Tongues, and He signifies burning desire for knowledge. Observing this festival or any pooja ritual on this special star boosts mental and spiritual wealth.

Krithigai Vratham

This festival is very famous in South India and people follow this vrat with utmost devotion. The devotee takes a holy bath early hour or in the brahma muhurtha. The house is cleaned and the pooja altar is set up. Devotees fast all day on Krithigai and break their fast after evening pooja. An Idol or a picture of Lord Muruga is placed in the centre or on a pedestal with flower decorations. Traditionally, people make a live lamp out of rice flour and jaggery called Maa Vilakku, lighting it with ghee is very considered auspicious. Perform hydration ceremony (Abhishekam) to the idol, offer flowers or garlands. Lamps, Incense sticks or Dhoop, sandal paste, Holy ash, neivedhyam- preferrably milk payasam are offered to Lord Subrahmanya during arati. Pooja rituals are performed both morning and evening. Slokas chanted include Tamizh slokas like Kanda Shasti Kavacham, Kanda Sashti Kavacham and Subramanya Ashtotra.

Aadi Krithigai

The Krithika nakshatra of Tamizh month of Aadi or Vedic Ashada month that falls between July - August is considered highly auspicious for spiritual pursuits. It is said that divine forces descend down in this month to bless the Earthlings and are readily available to answer our prayers. In the yogic world, Aadi or Ashada month falls in the Dakshinayana, when the Sun transits from Southern Hemisphere from the Northern hemisphere. This is the time period to turn to the Gurus, Lord Muruga being the Guru of the Gurus- Gnanaguru who preached the meaning of OM- sound to Lord Shiva, this month's Karthigai is special.

Benefits of Krithigai Vratam

  • This vrat or Lord Muruga worship holds various spiritual and material secrets embedded in them. 
  • Karthigai is simply the best way to access Lord Muruga's energies. This pooja and vrat performed with unshakable faith blesses Spiritual Wisdom, Mind Power, Stable Health, and Eternal Victory. 
  • People with poor placements of Planet Mars, Rahu and Ketu that is affecting marital relationships and financial situations can observe this vrat for a sure solution. 
  • It is stated in many Vedic texts that Lord Muruga has "The Kindest Heart" and cannot stand sufferings of his devotees. There are many incidents in Sages' lives where they encountered Lord Muruga's presence simply by calling upon Him. 
  • Typically, if a person observes this vrata for six continuous karthigais beginning from Tamizh months Adi till Thai, it is said that the devotee will gain incomparable amounts of wealth, fortune, and spiritual benefits. 
  • Observing this vrat for 12 continuous years is believed to bestow moksha. 
  • Lord Agni's worship on this day is also said to enhance the quality of life. 
  • Lord Muruga is readily available on these days to offer a desired result in our life by shredding out all the karmic impurities and bondages.

All Karthika Vratam dates in 2023 and Karthika Nakshatra Timing

DATE

 Tithi Timing 

January 2nd
Sunday

Karthika Nakshatra Timing : Jan 02, 2:24 PM - Jan 03, 4:26 PM

January 30th
Monday

Karthika Nakshatra Timing : Jan 29, 8:21 PM - Jan 30, 10:15 PM

February 26th
Sunday

Karthika Nakshatra Timing : Feb 26, 3:59 AM - Feb 27, 5:18 AM

March 25th
Saturday

Karthika Nakshatra Timing : Mar 25, 1:19 PM - Mar 26, 2:01 PM

April 22nd
Saturday

Karthika Nakshatra Timing : Apr 21, 10:59 PM - Apr 22, 11:24 PM

May 19th
Friday

Karthika Nakshatra Timing : May 19, 7:29 AM - May 20, 8:02 AM

June 15th
Thursday

Karthika Nakshatra Timing : Jun 15, 2:12 PM - Jun 16, 3:07 PM

July 13th
Thursday

Karthika Nakshatra Timing : Jul 12, 7:43 PM - Jul 13, 8:52 PM

August 9th
Wednesday

Karthika Nakshatra Timing : Aug 09, 1:32 AM - Aug 10, 2:29 AM

September 5th
Tuesday

Karthika Nakshatra Timing : Sep 05, 9:00 AM - Sep 06, 9:20 AM

October 3rd
Tuesday

Karthika Nakshatra Timing : Oct 02, 6:24 PM - Oct 03, 6:03 PM

October 30th
Monday

Karthika Nakshatra Timing : Oct 30, 4:42 AM - Oct 31, 4:01 AM

November 26th
Sunday

Karthika Nakshatra Timing : Nov 26, 2:05 PM - Nov 27, 1:35 PM

December 24th
Sunday

Karthika Nakshatra Timing : Dec 23, 9:19 PM - Dec 24, 9:19 PM

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