The Padma Purana describes the month of Kartik as Krishna’s favorite month (18th October – 17th November). Devotional activities performed during this holy month are rewarded with greater spiritual results than usual so devotees often take vows to increase their spiritual practices or to simplify their material needs for the entire month. It is a way that they can remember Krishna more and increase their service to Him.
The Padma Purana further recommends the daily offering of a ghee lamp to Krishna during Kartik so in ISKCON temples around the world devotees offer ghee lamps to Krishna either in the morning or evening while singing the Damodaraska prayers. These beautiful verses taught to the devotees by Srila Prabhupada glorify the Damodar pastimes of Krishna, which occurred during the Kartik month.
Many festivals related to Krishna’s or His devotees pastimes occur during this month: Rasa-lila, Diwali, Govardhana Puja, Appearance of Radha-kund and the disappearance festival of Prabhupada.
Ways to take Part:
You can visit ISKCON Delhi and spend time in the company of devotees absorbing your mind in the everlasting peace and bliss. Everyday from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm devotees offering ghee lapm to Lord Damodara and sign the beautiful Damodarastakam prayers.