Kartik Snan (Hindi: कार्तिक स्नान) is an important rituals for Hindus that is observed on the Purnima tithi (full moon day) in the Lunar month of ‘Kartik’ in the Hindu calendar (popularly known as Kartik Purnima). For those following the English calendar, this date falls during the months of October to November.

The month of Kartik is the 8th lunar month of the Hindu calendar and is believed to be very auspicious. Several references citing the holiness of this month is mentioned in several Hindu scriptures.

Kartik Snan 2020 starts on October 31, Saturday and ends on November 30, Monday

6 months and 30 days to go for the event

Purnima tithi timing : October 30, 5:46 pm - October 31, 8:19 pm

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Ujjain: Ascetics bathe in the Shipra river during the last 'shahi snan' at Simhasth Kumbh 2016 in Ujjain on May 21, 2016.

According to the Hindu mythology, it is believed that during the month of Kartik, Lord Vishnu incarnated in the ‘Matysa’ (fish) form in order to restore the Vedas. The actual ceremony of Kartik Snan starts from Kartik Sudda Padyami and continues all through the month. Varanasi, Kurukshetra and Pushkar are important Hindu pilgrimage places that remain crowded for the propitious Kartik Snan.

Rituals during Kartik Snan:

The most important ritual during Kartik Snan is taking a bath in the sacred rivers or water bodies. On this day, devotees wake up at the time of sunrise to take the religious bath. Both men and women perform this sacred bath.

Taking a holy dip in the Ganga River at Prayag and in the ‘Badarikashrama’ in the Himalayas on Kartik Purnima is believed to be means of acquiring salvation. Even if bathing in Ganga is not possible, one must visit any water body nearby.

Some devotees also keep a fast on this day to please Lord Vishnu. The observer of this vrat must also feed a Brahmin.

On the occasion of Kartik Snan, devotees worship Lord Satyanarayan, the Supreme Preserver while some devotees even worship Ganga Mata, the Goddess of the holy rivers.

As a part of the puja, havan is also performed. Six different ‘Kritikas’ are worshipped in the night that includes Shiva, Sambhuti, Santati, Preeti, Kshama and Anusuya. After the completion of puja, a buffalo is also donated to a Brahmin. It is believed that one who performs the complete puja rituals, reaches ‘Shivalok’ after death.

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Donating lamps on Kartik Snan is considered to be highly rewarding. Lighting deep in the temples of Lord Shiva, Surya Dev, and Chandra Dev is believed to be very rewarding. This act is equivalent to performing an Ashwamegha Yagya. Individuals can also make other forms of donations, according to their wishes.

Important Timings On Kartik Snan

Sunrise31 October, 2020 06:35 AM.
Sunset31 October, 2020 06:35 AM.
Purnima Tithi Begins30 October, 2020 05:46 PM.
Purnima Tithi Ends31 October, 2020 08:19 PM.
Place : Ujjain [ India ] See More

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Haridwar: Devotees throng Ganga ghats on Kartik Purnima in Haridwar on Nov 25, 2015.

Significance of Kartik Snan:

The significance of Kartik Snan is mentioned in several Hindu religious scriptures and Puranas like Padma Purana, Skanda Purana and Naarad Purana to name a few. Lord Krishna himself narrated the glories and rituals of Kartik Snan to His wife, Satyabhama. On this auspicious day, Hindus in large numbers perform the ritualistic bath. The benefits of taking snan in the Kartik month is equivalent to taking 1000 Ganga Snan and over 100 Magha Snan. It is a popular belief that by taking a holy dip in the month of Kartik and by offering donations, one gets freedom from all his/her committed sins.

According to the Hindu legends, on this day, Lord Shiva defeated a demon, Tripurasur and rendered Earth as a safe place. Also as per the Ayurvedic studies, the last 8 days in the month of Kartik and the beginning 8 days of the ‘Margashirsha’ month (the month following Kartik in the Hindu calendar) is referred as ‘Yamdanshtra’, meaning ‘the strength of death’. During this period it is advised to take bath in the ponds or other water bodies, eat light meals and perform religious activities and prayers. Doing this imparts goods health and spiritual grace. Recent studies have also proved the scientific significance of Kartik Snan. Bathing during this time early in the morning generates energy and also frees the body from all forms of ailments.

Kartik Snan festival dates between 2017 & 2027

2017Thursday, 5th of October
2018Wednesday, 24th of October
2019Sunday, 13th of October
2020Saturday, 31st of October
2021Wednesday, 20th of October
2022Sunday, 9th of October
2023Saturday, 28th of October
2024Thursday, 17th of October
2025Tuesday, 7th of October
2026Monday, 26th of October
2027Friday, 15th of October

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