Celebrate Different Festivities On The Auspicious Kartik Purnima

The Kartik month of the Hindu calendar is considered very auspicious. The full moon day during its Shukla Paksha period is known as Kartika Purnima. Lord Shiva slew Tripurasur, the demon, on this particular day. The festivities of this day start in advance, i.e. on the day of Devuthanna Ekadashi. It is also said that Lord Vishnu incarnated as Matsya on the day of Kartik Purnima. Why is the festival so important? Let’s find out. 

Kartik Purnima 2020 Date And Timing

Kartik Poornima falls on the 30th of November, 2020, Monday. 

Purnima Tithi Stars: 29th of November, 2020, 12:47 PM 

Purnima Tithi Ends: 30th of November, 2020, 02:59 PM

The celebration of Kartika Poornima is five days long due to Ekadashi being the 11th day, and Poornima, the 15th. These events consist of Tulasi Vivah, Bhishma Panchaka, Vaikunth Chaturdashi, and Dev Deepawali. Let’s read about these festivals in brief.

  • Tulasi Vivah usually starts on Prabodhini Ekadashi and concludes on Kartika Purnima. As per the Hindu scriptures, it can be observed on any convenient day between Ekadashi and Kartika Purnima. People in huge numbers perform the wedding rituals for the marriage of Tulasi Mata and Lord Shaligram during this period.
  • The fast for Bhishma Panchak begins from the day of Prabodhini Ekadashi and ends on Kartik Poornima. Vaishnav culture considers Bhishma Panchak fast conducted during the last 5 days of this month to be highly significant. 
  • The puja for Vaikunth Chaturdashi is done a day before Kartik Purnima. As per the Hindu scripts, Lord Vishnu was believed to worship Lord Shiva on this day. He used to offer 1,000 lotus flowers to the Lord. Special pujas are performed in Shiva temples on this day, including the worship of Lord Vishnu. 
  • The festival of Dev Diwali coincides with Kartik Purnima. The killing of Tripurasur by Lord Shiva had brought immense happiness to the Gods, as per the ancient scriptures. Hence, this day is celebrated in a similar way to Diwali. The view of earthen lamps lit on the banks of holy river Ganga and all the temples is a spectacle worth watching!

Significance Of Kartik Purnima

Kartika Purnima holds a religious as well as spiritual significance as per the Hindu mythology. Performing the Kartik Snan and offering prayers to Lord Vishnu is said to bless the followers with great fortune. This event is believed to be one of the most opportune days to conduct ritualistic ceremonies. The religious Puja performed on this particular day is said to bring happiness and bliss to one’s life. The Kartik Snan is a crucial part of the Kartik month as it is similar to performing 100 Ashvamedha Yagyas. 

Rituals To Follow On Kartik Purnima 

  • Take a holy bath by visiting pilgrimage places during sunrise and moonrise on this day. This Kartik Snan is believed to be an immensely sacred bath. 
  • Worship Lord Vishnu by offering flowers, lighting diyas, and incense sticks. 
  • Observe a fast for the entire day and read the Satyanarayan Katha after doing Rudrabhishek. 
  • To celebrate Kartik Purnima as the wedding of Vrinda and Lord Vishnu, the Kartik Purnima Mela or fair is organised in Pushkar during this month. The fair ends on this particular day, and devotees take a pious dip in the Pushkar Lake to attain salvation.

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The Legends Of Kartik Purnima 

Natives who follow Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva read the Kartik Purnima Katha on this day. This story shows how demon Tripurasur was conquered. Tripurasur had defeated all the Gods and took over the World as per the ancient scripts. He also created 3 cities in the space, which he named Tripura. Lord Shiva saved the Gods later and killed Tripurasur ultimately. Since then, the day has been celebrated as the festival of lights. 

The birthday of Vrinda who was personified as holy Basil also falls in Kartik Poornima. It is also the birth anniversary of Matsya, Lord Vishnu’s incarnation as the fish. Kartikey, the son of Lord Shiva is also believed to be born on Kartik Purnima. Hindu scriptures rightly portray that Kartik Purnima fasts and rituals pave the way to Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha.

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