In this episode, Giriraj Swami and Radhanath Swami elaborate on Damodar Lila followed by Damodarastakam kirtan of Aindra Prabhu.
It was during Kārttika that Krishna allowed Himself to be bound with ropes by His mother, Yasoda. Out of loving anger at her transcendentally naughty child, she tied him (dama) around the abdomen (udara) with ropes. Thus the month of Kārttika is also known as the month of Damodara, “He Who was bound around the abdomen”.
During the month of Damodar, or Kārttika (October/November), rewards for service to Krishna are greater than at any other time of year. For instance, Krishna always likes tulasi leaves, so it’s always a good time to offer tulasi leaves to Krishna. However, in the Hari-bhakti-vilas of Sanatan Goswami, we find these statements:
The result one obtains by giving ten thousand cows in charity can be obtained by offering only one tulasi leaf to the Supreme Lord during the month of Kārttika. (7.335)
During the month of Kartik we should meditate on this: As we’re offering these lamps, this lamp is the expression of the light of our hearts, which is devotion. We’re offering this for the pleasure of the Lord, the lamp of our love.