Kartik Purnima is literally defined as the Purnima or the full Moon night of the Kartik Month. It is a very auspicious festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains all over India. It is also well known by the names of Tripuri Purnima or Dev Diwali meaning Diwali for the Gods. The famous Pushkar fair or the Pushkar Mela ends on this day, the most auspicious day of the fair. It is celebrated with decorating and gifting deep and diyas. Thus, the day is also known as Kartika Deeparatna.
Story Behind Kartik Purnima
The story behind Kartik Purnima revolves around the demon son of Tarakasur, Tripurasur. He had become very powerful and had even defeated the Gods. He had even managed to create three cities in the heavens called Tripura. Even the Gods feared him. Lord Shiva then incarnated as Tripurantaka or ‘killer of Tripurasur’, and destroyed him with his cities in a single shot of the arrow. The Gods were overjoyed and celebrated the day as a festival of illumination. Thus, the name Dev Diwali.
Kartik Purnima is the birthday of Matsya, Lord Vishnu’s fish incarnation.
Why is it Celebrated
A holy bath at Pushkar or in the Ganges river, especially at Varanasi is deemed very auspicious. Kartik Purnima is the most popular day for bathing in the Ganges at Varanasi. This auspicious Snaan is called Kartik Snaan. A ritual bath on Kartik Poornima in the Pushkar Lake is considered to lead one to salvation.
The full moon day of shukla paksha in the month of kartik is known as kartik purnima. The shubh purnima tithi begins at 11:17 pm on 13th November, 2016 to 7:22 pm on 14th November, 2016.
Many festivities and fairs including the Pushkar fair that begin on Prabodhini Ekadashi end on Kartik Purnima. Known as the day of illumination, Kartik Purnima fills life of one and all with the light of prosperity and luxuries. The holy dip or the ‘Kartik Snaan’ is believed to eliminate all sins.
Products to perform the puja
It is a very auspicious day of the year when Worshipping Lord Vishnu is believed to eliminate all sins and evil. The rituals include:
On kartik purnima day and lamps are lit on intersections, under Peepal trees, in temples etc.
kartik purnima day is considered to be day of Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Angira and Lord Sun.
The ancestors are offered prayers on this day.
The devotees try to take a holy dip on this day as the Gods are believed to transcend in the holy waters on this day.
Donations or daan are given to the poor as per the devotees stature.
Rudraabhishek is done with yagna to appease Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi to attain eternal wealth and prosperity.