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A brief introduction to the Kartika Puranam and a complete set of 30-stories to be recited during the Hindu holy month of Kartikam
Kartika Puranam is one of most popular puranams according to the Hindu traditions. Extracted from the even more popular puranam, the Skanda Puranam, Kartika Puranam is considered to be powerful as it is one of the very few Hindu epics that brings punya just by listening to the epic stories. It may be recalled that the Skanda Puranam itself is one of the 18 major epics of the Hinduism.
Embedded into short stories, the Kartika Puranam is divided into 30 easy-to-understand chapters, each chapter recited on each day of the Hindu holy month of Kartika Masam. The Kartika Masam generally comes in middle of October or early November and stays for 30 days. Please refer to the Panchangam for correct dates.
The first Monday of the month of Kartikam is considered very powerful. Read on to know more from the story of the Karkasa, a beautiful girl who turns to a dog and how she returns back to her beautiful body.
Sage explains the process of Karthika Vratham to be observed on Kartika Somvaram. He tells the story about how a dog gets the entry to Kailasam after taking part in Karthika Somvara Vratam