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Kartika Poornima is a holy festival majorly celebrated by Hindu, Jain and Sikh on the Purnima i.e full moon day or the fifteenth lunar day of Kartika). It is also known as Tripuri Poornima and Tripurari Poornima. It is sometimes called Deva Diwali which is the festival of lights of the gods. This festival is also known as the day of illumination which fills the life of one and all with the light of prosperity and luxuries. Kartik Poornima denote the three demon sons of Tarakasur. Kartik poornima is celebrated as the birthday of Matsya which is the fish incarnation of god Vishnu. Birthday of Vrinda, the part of the Tulsi plant and of Kartikeya is observed on this day. This day is dedicated to the pitrs or dead ancestors.
When It Is Celebrated?
Kartik Purnima is observed on the full moon day in the month of Kartik which is considered as one of the most auspicious days in India. On this day, people bath in holy rivers. Devotees worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu after taking bath,. People observe Satyanarayana Vrat on this day and perform Satyanarayana Katha. Apart from this, performing Rudrabhishek and making donation is considered auspicious on this day. Any propitious ceremony performed on this day is considered to be equivalent to 10 Yajnas.
How It Is Celebrated?
The day of Kartik Purnima is coupled with Prabodhini Ekadashi. On Chaturmas which is a four month period, Lord Vishnu’s sleep ends on the last day of Prabodhini Ekadashi and the prosperous time begins with Prabodhini Ekadashi. During these days, many fairs begin and end on Kartika Purnima which is considered as the most important day of the fair. On this day, the fair closes and the festival is followed with the celebration including Prabodhini Ekadashi. Kartik Purnima celebrated as the last day of Tulsi Vivah, which starts with Prabodhini Ekadashi. Devotees take holy bath at sacred water body on the day of Kartik Poornima which is known as ‘Kartik Snaan’. This bath is taken at sunrise as well as in the evening and after moonrise bath, devotees offer six prayers to God like Shiva Sambuti, Satait and allied prayers. A holy food called Annakoot is also offered to the Almighty at the place of worship. On the day of Kartik Purnima, earthen lamps are lighted at all temples as well as at the bank of river Ganga.