The month of Kartika is believed to be an auspicious month to worship Lord Shiva. Somavara (Monday) is an especially auspicious day of the week to worship the Almighty. The four Mondays in this month of Kartika are thus dedicated to the performance of abhishekam to Lord Shiva. These Mondays are considered highly auspicious to connect with Lord Shiva and gain his graceful blessings to absolve your sins and attain transcendental bliss.
It is believed that Lord Shiva’s energies are available in abundance during the Kartika month. According to sacred texts, Lord Shiva appeared in the form of ‘Om’. Chandra (Moon) was cursed by King Daksha because he did not treat his 27 wives (Daksha’s daughters) equally, and hence his powers and luster began to fade. When he was in the last waning stage, he ardently prayed to Lord Shiva to save him. Pleased with his prayers, Shiva relieved him from the curse and placed him on his head as a crescent moon. Lord Shiva, with the crescent moon adorning his head, is called “Chandramouleeswara” or “Someshwara.” It is believed that Chandra was blessed with this boon by Lord Shiva on a Monday in the month of Kartika. Hence, Mondays of this month are ideal to worship and receive blessings from Lord Shiva.
Most devotees observe Kartika Somavara Vrat (fasting) and perform special Poojas for Lord Shiva on all Mondays. Fasting is begun in the early morning and is broken with the sighting of the moon at night. Throughout the day, devotees chant Shiva mantras including ‘Panchakshari mantra’ and other prayers praising Lord Shiva.
Performing Archana (Pooja) with Bilva leaves to Lord Shiva on Kartika Somavara is believed to promote mental strength and clarity.
Benefits of Observing Kartika Somavara Vrat:
Eliminates health issues and provides longevity
To be blessed with abundance of wealth and prosperity
Creates inner peace and self-realization
Neutralizes our negative karmas and helps attain moksha