Damodara Masa

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Category - Festivals
October 23, 2018 5:08 PM PDT
Mayapur, West Bengal, India

Kartik month or damodar maas is starting. The devotional service recommended for this month includes—daily reciting the Damodar Astak, reading Damodar Lila from Srimad Bhagvatam or Krsna Book, Bhagavat Gita, chanting at least few extra rounds of Hare Krishna Mahamantra and Tulsi seva.

Deepotsava, also known as the festival of lights, is celebrated in the month of Kartika (October – November) every year. It is a month-long festival commemorating Damodara-lila, the sweet pastime of baby Krishna stealing butter and consequently being tied to a mortar by His dear mother Yashoda. In Sanskrit, “dama” means rope and “udara” means belly. Damodara refers to Krishna who was bound with a rope by His mother Yashoda.

It is not possible to describe the glories of Kartika month. In this month devotees observe strict vows (Damodara Vrata) and worship Lord Damodara by offering a ghee lamp every day. It is said that by offering a lamp to Lord Hari in the month of Kartika one gets unlimited prosperity, beauty and wealth. All the sins committed in thousands and millions of births perish; and one attains the eternal spiritual world where there is no suffering.

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