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Kartik Purnima

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Introduction:

The full moon day or the 15th day in the Hindu month of Kartik, ushers in an auspicious occasion known as the Kartik Purnima. Which has a great significance among Hindus, Sikhs and Jains? It coincides with the Sikh festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti and the religious day of the Jains who celebrate it by undertaking an auspicious journey or the Shri Shatrunjay Tirth Yatra to worship Lord Adinath at a the famous temple situated on the Shatrunjay Hills.

Kartik Purnima is also celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Vishnu's first incarnation, the Matsya (fish) avatar. It is also the birthday of Vrinda (the epitome of the Tulsi plant) and of Lord Kartikeya, the son of Shiva.

This day is also significant for Radha-Krishna devotees. It is believed that Krishna and Radha performed the raasa (dance) on this day and Lord Krishna worshiped her.

 

Kartika Poornima Celebrations

On Kartik Purnima, a large number of people bathe in different rivers. According to the traditions, taking ritual bath in the rivers is considered auspicious. A person, who carries out charities, donations, ritual baths etc. on this special day, is granted with supernal joys.

In Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Shiva Linga Mahajala Abhishekam is organized on the day. Kartik Purnima is also a day to perform the Tulsi Vivah. These celebrations are also associated with the legend of Lord Kartikeya, who is said to have killed the demon Tarakasura.

 

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Significance of kartik purnima:

Kartik Purnima marks the end of the Chaturmas period during which the Gods are believed to sleep. On the day of the Kartik Purnima the Gods are said to awaken and hence many rituals and fairs are conducted on this day.

According to legends, Lord Shiva killed a demon named Tripurasura on the day of Kartik Purnima and so people light lamps to celebrate His victory. This celebration by lighting lamps is known as the Dev Deepawali and is celebrated on a huge scale in the holy city of Varanasi.

On the day of the Kartik Purnima, the worship of Goddess Tulsi is also observed. People light lamps and worship the Tulsi plant for better health and prosperity. Many fairs like the Pushkar fairs in Rajasthan and other parts is also conducted on the day of Kartik Purnima.

 

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