Kartik month is also known as Damodar month. It is considered as the best, the purest of purifiers, and most glorious of all months. Kartik month is particularly dear to Lord Sri Krishna. This month is full of bhakta vatsalya. Any vrata, even the smallest, will yield huge results. The effect of performing a Kartik Vrata lasts for one hundred lifetimes, Kartik or the festival of offering lamps to Lord Krishna, glorifies Lord Krishna’s pastime of being bound with ropes by Mother Yashoda.
During Kartik hundreds of devotees will be offering lamps daily to the Sri Radha Vrindaban Behari and Sri Sri Radha Damodar every day. Radha Damodar temple will be lit with lamps every day and on Diwali day all the temples will be beautifully decorated; it is a sight unseen.
In Vedic literature there are several glories of lighting lamps in Kartik and there is an interesting story. Once, in a temple of Lord Visnu, there was a mouse living who was eating the ghee from the extinguished ghee lamps which had been offered by others to Him. One day when she felt hungry to eat ghee, she tried to eat the ghee from a lamp which was not yet extinguished. While eating ghee from the lamp, the cotton wick got stuck in her teeth. Since the ghee wick had a flame, the mouse started jumping in front of the Lord’s Deity form and thus died due to fire. But Lord Sri Visnu accepted the jumping of that mouse with a lit ghee wick in her mouth as His aratik. In the end, He gave her entry into His abode Vaikuntha.
In Skanda Purana it is mentioned, “A person who offers a lamp to Lord Krishna during Karttika attains the eternal spiritual world where there is no suffering.”
It is also mentioned that, “O sage, a person who makes Lord Vishnu’s temple splendid with many lights inside and outside, travels to the supreme abode on the path shining with light.”
And even a greater benefit is for those who facilitate this offering of lamp for others. In Sri Hari Bhakti Vilasa, Sixteenth Vilasa, Sanatan goswami says, “Lord Krishna is pleased by the offering of a single lamp during the month of Kartika and He glorifies anyone who lights a lamp for someone else to offer.”
“Of all gifts the gift of a lamp during the month of Kartika is the best. No gift is its equal.” Says Narada Purana and those gift these will be gifted immense blessing of Lord Damodar and a special gift pack of organic products from Govardhan Ecovillage.