Kartik Purnima, which is also called “Tripuri or Tripurari Purnima”, is the Full Moon day of the Kartik month. Kartik Purnima generally falls in the month of November each year. There are numerous legends associated with Kartik Purnima, which prove why Kartik Purnima is an auspicious day.
People believe that, it was during this day when Lord Vishnu and Shiva descended on the earth. Hence, it is said that if you worship them throughout this entire month, you can be immensely benefited. During Kartik Purnima, people throng the Shiva and Vishnu temples in large numbers. As per one more legend, on the day of Kartik Purnima, Lord Vishnu was personified in the Matsya (or fish) form and saved Manu (who was the first man to be alive after the Maha Pralay). This is also a reason why is Kartik Purnima is auspicious.
Kartik Purnima is also popularly known as “Diwali of Gods”. It is also well known as “Tripuri Purnima” because Lord Shiva defeated the Tripuri demons on this auspicious day. On this promising day, thousands of devotees visit shrines, bathe in rivers and illuminate lamps. The article highlights some important points that will help you to understand the importance of Kartik Purnima.
Rituals of Kartik Purnima
There is a plethora of rituals that need to be followed, in order to value the importance of Kartik Purnima, as follows:
You must wake up before the sun rises and worship God.
Take bath in the holy Ganga River.
You must recite the name of God or sing a bhajan or a mantra.
Offer your prayers to Goddess Tulsi and Lord Vishnu in the evening.
Light lamps in the evening.
Don’t eat anything throughout the day, eat only in the evening after having worshiped the stars.
Donate food or clothing to the needy and give “Dakshina” to the priests or Brahmins.
Make sure to visit the temples every Monday to offer prayers and other spiritual activities.
Fairs Celebrated during Kartik Purnima
There are a number of fairs that are celebrated during Kartik Purnima in different states of India. In Rajasthan, the largest fair known as the “Pushkar Mela” is held in the town of Pushkar. The Pushkar fair is dedicated to Lord Brahma, and during this fair a large number of livestock is put up for sale. In Andhra Pradesh, people celebrate Anantagiri Jathara at the time of Kartik Purnima. Another big fair that is celebrated during this time is the “Kapal Mochan Mela”.
The Value of Kartik Purnima
There are various reasons why is Kartik Purnima is considered to be auspicious. Read on to know more.
This pious month is devoted to Lord Kartikeya.
On this day, Lord Shiva vanquished the Tripuri demons, and, hence, people also call it “Tripuri Purnima”. It is believed that this is the most favourable day to please Lord Shiva.
It is on this very day that Lord Vishnu emerged in the form of Matsya Avatar.
The birth of Guru Nanak Ji also coincides with Kartik Purnima and that is why it is auspicious for the Sikh devotees as well.
In Jainism, there is a special importance of Kartik Purnima. During this month the Jain followers (or Jains) offer their prayers to Lord Mahavir.
On this day, it is said to be good if you fast, in order to get rid of all your sins.
The prayers offered to the God, fasts done and donations made during Kartik Purnima give you the same benefits as that of Ashwamedha Yagya.