Kantheyasya Lasathkaala Garalam
Giriraajaraja Thanayaa Jaaya Bhavaani Sathi
Nandi Skanda Ganaadhiraaja Sahithaa Sri Vishwanaatha Prabhu
Kashi Mandira Samsthithokhila Gururdeyaath
The meaning of the Sanskrit shloka dedicated to Lord Shiva is as follows –
O’ Lord Vishwanatha residing in Kashi, you are the one with poison in your throat, river Ganges on your head, you are the husband of Bhavani, you are part of Nandi, Skanda and Ganesha and you are the Guru of everyone and I pray to you to do good to the universe.
Karthika Somavaragalu are Mondays in the Hindu month of Karthika are known as Karthika Somavaragalu. The festival of lights Diwali / Deepavali falls in this month. October – November in the Gregorian calendar. This year (2013) it falls on 7th October, 14th October, 21st October, 28th October 2013.
Somavar / Monday is the day of Lord Shiva. He is also known as Someshwara, the one who wears Soma / moon on his head.
On these days special poojas are offered to Lord Shiva. Can do Karthika / Light seva to the gods and goddesses in temples by lighting many oil lamps. Light 2 oil lamps near the main door and also near the Tulasi / Holy Basil plant in the evenings during Karthika masa light 2 oil lamps near the main door and also near Tulasi plant.
Taking a holy dip in the ponds situated at Nara Hari Betta, Bantwal on the day of Karthik Somvara is considered to be sacred according to the Hindu mythology.