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Invoke Chitragupta’s Blessings And Erase Your Negative Karmic Records.

Chitra Pournami is a Tamil festival observed in the Chaitra or Chithirai month during the full Moon day. The day is commemorated as the birthday of Chitragupta, a Hindu deity who is believed to maintain records of the good and bad deeds of men, for Yama or Yamraj, the God of Death. The day corresponds to a day in April or May as per the Gregorian calendar.

Chitra Pournami will prevail on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. On this festival, devotees bathe in sacred rivers to symbolize the washing of their misdeeds. This is customary at the river Chitra in the Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu, India.

Chitra Pournami is significant in Hindu religion, as it is believed on this day Chitragupta was originally born to Goddess Parvati in the form of a painting and later entered into the womb of Gomatha Kamadhenu and was born on the day of Chitra Pournami. While some texts relate the day to the wedding of Chitragupta. By performing good deeds or merciful acts, people try to appease the deity to deduct the share of bad deeds from the good ones. It is believed that taking part in Girivalam (walking around the hill), visiting temples, other Holy places and performing pooja rituals brings fruitful results. Taking a sea bath on the day, where the tithi of Pournami blends with the Chitra Nakshatra, is capable of eradicating sins.

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One can propitiate the blessings of Chitragupta in 2024 by adhering to the pooja timings on Tuesday the 23rd of April :

Pournami Tithi Begins – 05:55 PM on Apr 22, 2024
Pournami Tithi Ends – 07:48 PM on Apr 23, 2024

Chitra Pournami festival is dedicated to Chitragupta, who is the accountant of Lord Yama, and keeps a record of good and bad deeds performed by each individual. The festival plays an important part in the lives of devotees who visit temples, bathe in sacred waters, observe fasts, offer prayers and devoutly invoke the deity for forgiveness of sins. Mostly people from the Southern states of Tamilnadu and Kerala celebrate this festival. The river Chitra in Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu, is considered an important source for bathing to eradicate sins during this period. While in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, festivities are held at an old temple of Chitra Pournami Valiya Thottam Bhagavathi at Pachalloor en-route Kovalam. This temple has been celebrating the festival since last 200 years and is dedicated to Goddess Shakti.

In 2024, Chitra Pournami will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, between 17:55 on Apr 22, 2024 to 19:48 on  Apr 23, 2024

The festival of Chitra Pournami reminds people to keep away from committing bad or evil deeds and follow the path of Truth and Honesty. It is a day to cleanse sins through expiaton and sincere prayers. This can help them to get relief from their past and future sins and reduce its impact in their lives. It is believed that one’s urge and willingness to cleanse Karmas, which stand as obstruction in fulfillment of desires can take the person closer to God.

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The effects of observing Chitra Pournami festival brings in a sincere effort to liberate oneself from the clutches of negative energies. The full moon day of the Chithirai is considered auspicious and special for good effects on humanity. The day has the brilliance of the Moon and the power of the Sun in its exalted position which bears positive effects to observe the day religiously.

On this day devotees avoid consuming milk or milk products prepared from cow milk. However, it is preferable to use buffalo milk if available. After performing pooja and offering Naivedhya, people donate rice, vegetables and give Dakshina or alms to Brahmins in a Muram, a type of bamboo sieve. It is customary for devotees to consume saltless curd rice or survive the day without food. Avoiding food without salt is the primary condition of fasting on this day.

Chitra Pournami Story

As per holy scriptures a heated argument between Lord Indra and his Guru Brahaspati took an ugly turn, when Lord Indra failed to show respect to his Guru and started committing sins. Thus, he advised Lord Indra to embark on a pilgrimage to lessen the burden of his sins. While on pilgrimage, Lord Indra realized that he had been redeemed from his sins. He discovered a Shivling under a Kadamb tree and believed Lord Shiva had helped him to overcome his sinful deeds. After which, he started worshipping Lord Shiva with a Golden Lotus procured from a nearby pond. Thus, it is believed that it happened on a Chitra Pournami at Madurai in South India. So, from that day this festival is being celebrated in Southern India with great devotion and faith.

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Chitra means ‘Collection of Pictures’ and Gupta means ‘Hidden’. Chitra Pournami is the day dedicated to Chitragupata who tallies the deeds of people and reports to Lord Yama, the God of Death.

Chitra Pournami is celebrated especially by women ,though males can also do Pooja on this day. After bathing women clean the entrance of their homes and put Maakolam a Rangoli made out of rice flour, depicting Chitragupta with paper and pen or place Padi Kolam ( Ezhai Kolam) in the South direction opening for the deity to enter the house. Worshipping Chitragupta on this day is believed to ward off Ketu Dosha in a person’s horoscope.

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May Lord Chitragupta Bestow Special Blessings On You This Chitra Pournami Day!

With Ganesha’s Grace,