About Kartik Purnima
Kartik Purnima is celebrated by Hindus all over the world, the deity of primary importance on this day is Lord Vishnu, whose one form is Lord Krishna. The Purnima on the day of Shukla Paksha in the Kartik month is known as Kartik Purnima. Kartik Purnima is also known as Tripuri Purnima and Ganga Snan. ‘Kartik ‘ month is considered to be the most sacred among all the twelve months of the year. Kartik Purnima is considered as an auspicious day according to Hindu mythology. It is considered to be day of Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Angira and Lord Sun.
When it is celebrated
Kartik is the eighth lunar month as per the Hindu calendar and is considered the holiest month among all lunar months. Kartik Purnima falls on the 15th day of the bright fortnight of the Kartik month. It falls around one month after Sharad Purnima, 15 days after Diwali and two days after Tulsi Vivah.
The day of Kartik Purnima has religious as well as spiritual significance. It is believed that on worshipping Lord Vishnu on this day can benefit immense fortune. Kartik Purnima is also celebrated as the birthday of Tulsi plant. The day of Kartik Purnima is auspicious and any religious activity done on this day gives immense benefits. Performing puja, Daan or Snan on Kartik Purnima is equivalent to doing 100 Ashvamedha Yagya. It is believed that Kartik Purnima provides Dharma, Artha, Kama and Salvation.
Kartik Purnima has immense religious value according to the Hindu mythology. There is a tradition of taking a bath in Ganga referred as ‘Kartik Snan’ and donating lamps on this day. On this day the observer should worship the 6 Kruthikas, Shiva, Sambhuti, Santati etc at time of moonrise. Devotees keep a fast on Kartik Purnima, perform ‘Satyanarayana Vrat’ and recites ‘Satyanarayana Katha.’ They also perform ‘Rudrabhishek.’ The temples of Lord Shiva are brightly illuminated. It is believed that the Gods were overjoyed and celebrated the day in the heaven by lighting several diyas. To celebrate the festival of Kartik Purnima, thousands of diyas are lit at all temples as well as on the banks of river Ganga. Some devotees even light a wick on the floats made from the leaves of the banana tree and set it afloat on the river.
Donating lamps, reciting Vedic mantras and bhajans are believed to be very rewarding on Kartik Purnima. Kartik Purnima also marks the marriage ceremony of Lord Vishnu with Devi Vrinda (Tulsi plant). The grand Pushkar fair comes to an end on Kartik Purnima. Devotees take a sacred dip in the Pushkar Lake to seek salvation. There is a custom even of donating of Ksheer Shayya. One should fill the dish with milk and should disburse a fish made of gold or silver in the dish an donate it.
During the month associated with Kartika Purnima, Hindus refrain from eating any non-vegetarian food. In a lot of household, wheat flour halwa is prepared for puja and prasad, and is then distributed among devotees. Also, annakoot- a type of prasad is offered to Lord in temples.
It is believed that Lord Shiva killed the demon Tripura on the Kartik Purnima day, and that devotees who worship him on this day achieve the four aims of human life – Dharma, Arth, Kama and Moksha. It is also believed that all deities come down to earth on this day and bless their devotees. Large fairs and melas are also organized in most villages, towns and cities on this day. It is believed that donations given on this day achieve benefits equal to 100 Ashvamedh Yagyas.
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