Karma Clearing Mondays of Lord Shiva
Lord Shiva’s energy is abundantly available during the Tamil month of Karthigai (mid–November to mid–December). According to the scriptures, in ancient times, Lord Shiva revealed himself in the form of infinite fire during this sacred month. Planet Moon (known as Soma in Sanskrit) who rules Monday has a special connection with Shiva, who is also known as Someshwara (the one who wears the crescent Moon on his matted hair). Mondays are always very auspicious for Lord Shiva, and Karthigai Somavaram refers to the four most special Mondays of the year that fall in the month of Karthigai.
Shiva Bestows Health and Prosperity
According to sacred Puranas, planet Moon was cursed by King Daksha to wane as he did not treat his 27 wives (Daksha’s daughters) equally. As his form and light started to wane, the Moon went into meditation calling upon the blessings of Lord Shiva.
When the Moon was in the last stage of waning, Lord Shiva, pleased with his meditation, reduced the curse by placing him on his head in the form of the crescent moon. According to the scriptures, it is during Karthigai Somavaram that Shiva reduced his curse and blessed the Moon. Likewise, propitiating Shiva on Karthigai Mondays can absolve your sins and bestow you with good health and prosperity.
Karthigai Somavaram (Karma-Clearing Shiva Mondays): 4-Week Grand Ceremonies
4-Priest Ardhanareeswara Homa on Nov.20, 2017 (IST) – According to sacred texts, Lord Shiva assumed the form of Ardhanareeswara, the composite form of Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Shakti together in one body, during this month of Karthigai. Sacred fire lab invoking this unique form of formless Shiva and Shakti energy can promote unity among couples, strengthen relationships in profession/business, destroy all obstacles and can nourish you with overall wealth, wellbeing and prosperity
Panchajanya Homa on Dec.11, 2017 (IST) – Panchajanya is the name of the conch in the hands of Lord Vishnu. During this sacred ritual, 108 conch shells filled with holy water are energized in the Pooja by chanting Rudram-Chamakam (Prayer to Rudra, form of Lord Shiva for wish fulfilment). This is followed by Panchajanya Homa (Divine Conch Fire Lab) during which the water in the conch shells are doubly energized. This energized holy water is then used to anoint Lord Shiva with Krama style chanting of Rudram, a wish fulfillment prayer to Rudra, which has the benefits of anointing Shiva with amirtham (elixir) that can absolve all your sins and help you attain eternal bliss
Archana (Light & Sound Ceremony) at 4 different Powerspots for 4 Mondays – It is believed that light and sound rituals to Lord Shiva at his 4 special powerspots can bestow you with abundance, unity among couples, mental peace, family welfare, marriage and progeny blessings, relief from adverse planetary effects and illnesses and removal of obstacles and past Karma
108 Conch shell Abishekam (Hydration Ceremony) to Lord Shiva for 4 Mondays – Conch shell hydration ceremony is one of the favorites of Lord Shiva. This cooling bath greatly invokes his blessings
Rudram Chamakam Chanting on first and last Monday – Vedic mantras for Lord Shiva recited to purify the mind, body and soul can grant your wishes and help in absolving all your sins
Trishati Archana (Light & Sound Ceremony) on first and last Monday – Archana to Shiva chanting Rudra Trishati (300 names of Rudra) can destroy the effects of bad karma accrued in the past