Kartik Brata in Puri Jagannath Temple in Orissa

Kartik Brata is observed in Orissa in the Kartik month and the main observance in the month includes praying early morning at the Lord Jagannath Temple during the morning Mangal Arati. Kartik Brata 2014 is from October 8 to November 6, 2014. Other important rituals in the month-long Kartik Brata include partial fasting, reading the Kartik Mahatmya from Padma Purana.

Most the devotees undertaking Kartik Brata stay in Puri and make it a point to visit Lord Jagannath Temple daily. Most devotees only consume the Mahaprasad from the Jagannath temple kitchen. Another important ritual in the month is the worship the holy Tulsi or Basil tree as the image of Lord Jagannath.

The last five days of Kartik month is considered highly auspicious and the Jagannath Temple performs Panchuka. During the period, Lord Jagannath is depicted in five different new Veshas (attires) on each day.