Kartik Somavar Vratam is celebareted in the month of Kartik maas, and is highly aspecious in the Telugu and Kannada panchangam. In the year 2012 the Kartik Somawar dates are November 19, 26, and December 3, and 10. This year “Koti Somwaram” is also celebarated on 19 November 2012.
Soma is the another name of Lord Shiva. Known as Someswara, who keeps the “ Soma” the Moon on crescent on his matted hair. The Kartik Somawaram Vratam is performed to please the Lord Someswara (Lord Shiva). All mondays in this Month are aspecious and one can perform Pooja, Abhisheka, to Lord Shiva to get the blesssings of Shiva. This is the most favorite month for both of the Supreme Gods Lord Vishnu and Shiva. Praying to Lord Vishnu and Shiva during Kartik maas fetches them Moksha (Salvation). Kartik month is treated as the Sin-destroying month as per Hindu Ethics.
Importance of Karthika maasam
Lord Vishnu goes to sleep on Ashadha suddha Ekadashi and wakes-up on Karthika suddha Ekadashi.
Lord Shiva kílled Tripurasuras on Karthika pournami and protected the world so Lord Shiva also known as Tripurhari.
In this month Ganga (Godess of river Ganges) enters in to all rivers, canals, ponds and wells and makes them as pious as Ganga.
Ayyappa deeksha is also taken in Karthika masam and is continued up to Makara Sankranthi (Jan 15th)
River Bath ( Nadi Snanam). As per the Science, in Kaarthika Masam Water enrich with more Magnetic Power from the Earth and will be stored in water before the Sunrise this may be the one of the reason for taking a Kartika Snanam before Sunrise.
As in Magnetic Therapy, taking bath on Kaarhika Somavaram (Monday) in any Flowing Water for 15mts. That Human being will get relief from STOMACH DISORDERS, LEVER DISORDERS, and GENERAL Health Problems.