Karthika Masam Ending Poli Swargam 2023 Date : December 12 Kartika Amavasya has come…December 13 is called Poli Padyami. On this day the month of Kartikamas ends and the month of Margashira begins. During the month of Kartika, those who observe the rule…Kartika Amavasya Marnadu..the first day of Margashira month, the first day of Padyami day, lights the lamps. Kartikamasam is completed with that day..This day itself is called Polipadyami or Polisvargam. How did that name come about? Who is Polly? What is her story?
This is the story of Polipadyami!
Earlier in a village there were five daughters-in-law in a joint family. Chinnakodali’s name is similar among them. She had great devotion to God from her childhood. But the mother-in-law did not like the same devotion. Because there should be no other devotee than her, she was proud that she was the true devotee. That’s why it is not allowed to do pooja with little daughters-in-law. Even when the month of Kartik came, she would take the rest of the heifers and go to the river to take a bath, light the lamps and perform pujas, but she did not care about Polly. But Polly was not sad..When her mother-in-law and sisters-in-law passed by, she used to take some cotton from the cotton tree in the yard, put butter on the cotton and light the lamp. The basket is rolled on the lamp without anyone seeing it. Kartika used to take bath before sunrise and worship the lamp all the time. Finally the Kartika Amavasya is over and Polipadyami is coming. On that day too, everyone went to the river… handed a handful of work to Polly and left. But after completing the housework as usual, the Kartik Deepam was lit.
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All the gods blessed her after seeing her unwavering devotion no matter how many obstacles she faced. Angels came with flowers to take her to heaven while she was still alive. The mother-in-law who just reached home…the rest of the sisters-in-law were surprised to see Polini’s flight. They thought it was for them. But they were determined to see the similarity in it. They also tried to hang by their legs as if they wanted to go to heaven, but to no avail. The angels in the plane said that only Polly had pure devotion enough to reach heaven and left them below and took Polly away.
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The lamp is for the entrance to the gate of heaven
On the day of Kartika Amavasya, the day of Padyami, the lamp is lit… Devotees pray to tell the story of Poli and grant her entrance to heaven. Those who do not follow any rules every month, at least on Poli Padyami day they light 30 otthis and put them in banana pods and release them in water. On this day Brahmins are given lamp.
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Note: Rather than arguing whether there is a heaven or a hell or not… the idea in the story of heaven is that if you practice the methods and rules with devotion, as said by Shri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita…