Puraan | 9-Bhavishya Puraan | 4-Uttar Parv
9-Bhavishya Puraan, 4-Uttar Parv-103-105, p 493-495
Mahaa Kaarttikee Vrat
Once when she was grazing in another person's farm, that he caught her and brought her to his house. Atri Rishi saw that she-goat and knew that she was queen Kalinhbhadraa. He pitied her and got freed her. She went, ate Ber (a kind of Indian berry) leaves and drank cool water and did Paaran of her Krittikaa Vrat. Rishi Atri preached her Yog Gyaan and went back to his Aashram. After a while she left her physical body through Yog. After that she was born as Yoglakshmee from Gautam Muni's wife Ahalyaa. Gautam Muni married her to Shaandilya Muni. She always fed Braahman, felicitated Atithi (guests), and worshipped Devtaa. One day Maharshi came there and knew everything about her. He asked her - "Yoglakshmee, How many Krittikaa are there?" Yoglakshmee remembered her previous life and said - "Krittikaa are six." Kind Muni then preached her Mantra and Krittikaa Vrat. After doing that she enjoyed for long time and then got Moksh."
Yudhishthir asked the method of doing this Vrat. Kishn said - "This occasion is on Kaarttik Poornimaa, in Krittika Nakshatra, on Thursday or Monday. Therefore this comes in many years, with great difficulty and with great Punya. That is why one should keep fast on ordinary Kaarttik Poornimaa too. On that day after completing one's daily chores, one should take vow to keep Nakt Vrat or complete fast. Take bath in some Teerth place or in one's own house, worship Devtaa, Rishi, Pitar and Atithi and do Havan. In the evening, fill six pots with milk or Ghee, keep six Krittikaa idols made of gold, silver, gems, butter, or flour in them. Cover them with Kalaavaa (red colored cotton holy thread), apply Sindoor, Kumkum, sandal paste; and worship them with jasmine flowers, Dhoop, lamp, Naivedya and then donate them to Braahman. When Braahman goes home taking them, the Vratee should follow him six steps. Whoever does this Vrat like this, he goes to Nakshatra Lok."
One should donate water filled pitcher, shoes, umbrella, gold, clothes, food and Dakshinaa every month. One should do Keertan with these names in 12 month - Keshav, Naaraayan, Maadhav, Govind, Vishnu, Madhusoodan, Trivikram, Vaaman, Shreedhar or Hrisheekesh, Raam, Padmnaabh or Daamodar, and Devdevesh respectively. If somebody cannot give all the things every month to Braahman, then he should donate a golden Moon worshipped with fruits and clothes."
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 05/29/13