Kartik Masa ( Karthika Masam) 2017 Vidhi Vidhanam - Telugu calender dates and procedure
Kartik Masa ( Karthika Masam) falls in eighth month of the traditional Hindu Telugu calendar followed in both the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Kartika Masa 2017 (Karthika Masam) is considered very auspicious for performing rituals, puja and homam for family wellness and prosperity. Karthika masam is considered the month of Harihara; meaning hari (Lord Vishnu) –hara (Lord Shiva). Though Satyna Narayana swami vratam is usually done year along as per family birth stars, karthika masam is all good for this vratam.

There is no masam more auspicious than karthika masam
There is no scriptures comparable to holy vedas
There is no holy water than river ganga

Satyna Narayana swami Puja Vidhi Vidhanam, will cover it in my next article, you can click here to check more details on it.

Before knowing the rituals to be performed in Kartika Masa, let us check on the telugu calender.

The dates of important festivals and auspicious days in Telugu Kartika Masa are:

October 20  – Bali Padyami
About Bali Padyami – Bali Pratipada is the first day of Kartika Masa in south India. Few also consider it to be fourth day from Diwali (deepavali), the hindu festival of lights. Celebrated in honour of the notional return of (Daitya) Bali to earth
Good to do: Puja to gods, gifts to loved ones, donating food for poor
October 21 - Yama Dwitiya
About Yama Dwitiya– Dwitiya referring to second of the day, it completes the meaning of the second day of Kartika masam. This day is also celebrated as Bhai Dooj in certain parts of India, depicting the love and bond of brother and sister.
Good to do: Fasting and praying for wellness of your dear ones.

October 22 - Bhagini Tritiya
About Bhagini Tritiya – Third day of the Kartika masam.
Good to do: Shiva puja, Vishnu puja, karthikeya puja.

October 23 – Tholi Karthika Somavaram and Nagula Chavithi
First Monday of Kartika masam is so special for hindus. Special prayers will start from morning 2 AM, head bath, abhishekam of shiva lingam, special prayers, Aarthi, and offerings to poor are done at temples across telugu states and india as well.

About Nagula Chavithi – Milk, fruits and eggs are offered to snakes near temples.

Nagula puja, karyakramam. To know more about nagula chaviti puja vidhi vindanalu, process and procedure, check out the below link
Nagula chavithi vidhi vidhanalu, puja niyamalu

October 24 – Naga Panchami
About Nagula Panchami – Nagula Panchami is one of the most important rituals dedicated to Nagas or Snakes in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is observed in this month.
Nagula Panchami puja, karyakramam. To know more about nagula chaviti puja vidhi vindanalu, process and procedure, check out the below link
Nagula Panchami vidhi vidhanalu, puja niyamalu

October 25 – Naga Shasti
October 31 to November 4 – Bhishma Panchak Vrat
October 31 to November 4 – Tulsi Vivah
November 3 – Vaikunta Chaturdashi
November 4 - Kartik Purnima / Tripurai Purnima
November 11 - Kalbhairav Ashtami
Karthika masam in north indian calenders begins on October 6 and ends on November 4, 2017 and Kartik Month in Marathi, Gujarati and Kannada calendar is more or less similar to Telugu Calendar except for few minor changes in calender dates.

Karthika Somavaram  - Kartika Masam Monday – Rituals

Somvar (Monday) gets its name from one of thousand names of Lord Shiva – Someshwara. The crescent moon (Soma) on the matted locks of Shiva gives him the name Someshwara.

1)    Karthika somavaram or Kartika masam Monday are considered special for all hindus especially lord shiva devotees
2)    Pooja to naga (snake/in ant hills ) – Milk and egg offerings to nagulamma; its believed to remove naga dosham with naga blessings
3)    Fasting observed on these days believed to relieve from bad karma effects and been a virtuous act.
4)    Donate offerings to poor, disabled, old and poor; See Lord Shiva in every living being
5)    Visit one temple per day if possible. If possible, a different temple per each day.
6)    Recite, hym and write beej mantra every day – 11, 51, 105,108, 111 times per day.

Telugu Kartika Masa Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha

Kartika Masa Telugu calendar 2017 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from October 20 to November 4.
Telugu Kartik Masam 2017 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from November 5 to November 18, 2017.

Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Telugu Kartika Masa are:
Prabodini Ekadasi – October 31; Uttpati Ekadasi – November 14

Pradosh Fasting Dates in Telugu Kartika Masa are:
Pradosh – November 1; Pradosh – November 15

Sankatahara Chavithi is dedicated to lord Ganesh ji in Kartika Masam 2017, which is on November 7 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 9:07 PM – IST. As it is Tuesday, there is Angarak Yog.
Purnima in Telugu Kartika Masa 
Kartik Purnima or Full moon day is on November 4, 2017. The Pournima (purnima) this karthika masam begins at 12:58 PM indian standarad time on November 3 and ends at 11:24 AM on November 4 2017. Ends with Karthika snanam and Tulsi Puja. Purnima Vrat is on November 4. Bhishma Panchak Vrat also ends on the day.  Kartik Snana ends on November 4.
Amavasi in Telugu Kartika Masa 

Kartik Amavasya or No moon day is on November 18. Amavasya starts at 2:57 PM IST on November 17 and ends at 4:07 PM on November 18.

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