The Glories of Offering Many Lamps During Karttika

BY SRILA GOPAL BHATTA GOSWAMI

Hari-bhakti-vilasa

Sixteenth Vilasa, Volume One

Text 138

atha tatra dipa-mala-mahatmyam-
skande tatraiva
dipa-panktes” ca racanam
sa-bahyabhyantare hareh
vishnor vimane kurute
sa narah sankha-cakra-dhrik

In the Skanda Purana it is said: “A person who lights many lamps inside and outside Lord Vishnu’s temple becomes a liberated soul. Holding a dish and conch, he attains a spiritual form like Lord Vishnu’s.

Text 139

dipa-panktes ca racanam
kurute kesavalaye
tasyanvaye prasutanam
lakshanam narakam na hi

“When a person lights many lamps in Lord Kesava’s temple, not a single of his hundred thousand closest relatives lives in hell.

Text 140

vishnor vimanam dipadhyam
sa-bahyabhyantare mune
dipodyata-kare marge
tena praptam param padam

“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.”

Text 141-142

bhavishye ca
yah kuryat karttike masi
sobhanam dipa-malikam
prabodhe caiva dvadasyam
ekadasyam viseshatah
suryayuta-prakasas tu
tejasa bhasayan disah
tejo-rasi-vimana-stho
jagad uddyotayams tvisha

In the Bhavishya Purana it is said: “A person who makes the Lord’s temple splendid with many lamps during the month of Karttika, and especially during the ekadasi or the dvadasi of that month, becomes glorious like ten thousand suns. Traveling in a splendid airplane that fills the universe with light, he leaves this world of birth and death.

Text 143

yavat pradipa-sankhya tu
ghritenapurya bodhita
tavad varsha-sahasrani
vishnuloke mahiyate

“For each lamp that he lit on the earth he is glorified on Vishnuloka for a thousand years.

Text 144

padme tatraiva
uccaih pradipam akase
yo dadyat karttike narah
sarvam kulam samuddhritya
vishnulokam avapnuyat

In the Padma Purana it is said: “A person who places a great lamp high in the sky during the month of Karttika takes all his relatives with him to Vishnuloka.

Text 145

vishnu-kesavam uddisya
dipam dadyat tu karttike
akasa-stham jala-stham ca
srinutasyapi yat phalam

“Please hear the result obtained by a person who offers a lamp to Lord Krishna in the sky or over the water during the month of Karttika.

Text 146

dhanam dhanyam samriddhis ca
putravan isvaro grihe
locane ca subhe tasya
vidvan api ca jayate

“He becomes wealthy, fortunate, and prosperous. He becomes a controller of others. He has good children. Everything before his eyes and in his home is beautiful. He becomes wise and learned.”

Text 147

kim ca
vipra-vesmani yo dadyat
karttike masi dipakam
agnishtoma-phalam tasya
pravadanti manishinah

It is further said: “The wise say that a person who offers a lamp in a brahmana’s home during the month of Karttika attains the result of offering an agnishtoma-yajna.

Text 148

catushpatheshu rathyasu
brahmanavasatheshu ca
vriksha-muleshu goshtheshu
kantare gahaneshu ca
dipa-danad dhi sarvatra
maha-phalam avapnuyat

“A person who places lamps on the royal roads, on crossroads, in brahmanas’ homes, at tree roots, in cow barns, in forests, in hidden places, and everywhere, attains a great result.