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Kartik Purnima 2014 - Tripuri Purnima 2014 - Kartika Dipartana 2014

Kartika Purnima has a lot of tales behind its celebration

Kartik Purnima in 2014 is going to be celebrated on 6 November, Thursday. Every year, the full Moon day in the month of Kartik is known as Kartik Purnima. This day is considered as one of the most auspicious days in India. On this day, people bathe at a water body like river. After taking bath, devotees worship Goddess Laxmi and Lord Vishnu. Few people also observe Satyanarayana Vrat on this day and perform Satyanarayana Katha. Apart from this, donation and Rudrabhishek is considered auspicious on this day. Any auspicious ceremony performed on this day is considered to be equivalent to 10 Yajnas.

Significance of Kartik Purnima

People also know this festival as Tripuri Purnima and Dev Diwali (Diwali of the Gods). The name Tripuri Purnima has been derived from Tripurari, which is the name of the foe of Tripurasura. According to Hindu scriptures, Tripurari is the name given to Lord Shiva as he defeated Tripurasura. On this day, Lord Shiva incarnated himself as Tripurakanta and killed Tripurasura. In some legends describing Kartik Purnima, the term Tripurari also denotes the 3 three sons of Tarakasur.

Legend of Tripurasura & Tripurakanta

While celebrating Kartik Purnima in 2014, it is a good idea to know the legend related to this festival. Tripurasura defeated all Gods and conquered the entire world. Apart from this, he created 3 three cities in space and called them together Tripura. Lord Shiva came to the rescue of Gods and killed Tripurasura. Also, he demolished his Tripura with one arrow and pronounced the day to be celebrated as festival of illuminations. This day is also considered as Dev Diwali (Diwali of Gods).

Apart from this, Kartik Poornima is also known as the birthday of Matsya (incarnation of Lord Vishnu as fish). Also, it is the birthday of Vrinda who is the personification of Tulsi plant. Not only this; Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva and God of war was also born on this day.

On the other hand, this day has special importance for Goddess Radha, lover of Krishna (the incarnation of Lord Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Lord Krishna worshipped Goddess Radha and performed Rasalila.

This day is also dedicated to the dead ancestors, known as Pitr.

Rituals Allied to Kartik Purnima in 2014

Like every year, the day of Kartik Purnima in 2014 is also associated with Prabodhini Ekadashi. Chaturmas, the 4 month period of Lord Vishnus sleep ends with the last day as Prabodhini Ekadashi. As an auspicious time begins with Prabodhini Ekadashi, many fairs begin with Prabodhini Ekadashi and end on Kartika Purnima. Day of Kartika Poornima is considered as the most important day of the fair. As the fair closes on this day, the festival is followed with the celebration including Prabodhini Ekadashi. Also, Kartik Purnima is the last day of Tulsi Vivah, which starts with Prabodhini Ekadashi.

On the day of Kartik Poornima, devotees take the holy bath at a water body. This bath is considered as most auspicious bath of the year and known as Kartik Snaan. This bath is taken at sunrise as well as moonrise of the day. In the evening after Moonrise bath, devotees offer homage to the Almighty via 6 prayers, like Shiva Sambuti, Satait and allied prayers.

After bathing and praying, devotees offer Annakoot (Holy food) to the Almighty at the place of worship. Any type of violence is prohibited on this day. Apart from this, hair cutting, shaving, tree cutting, flower and fruit plucking, crop cutting and even sexual union is prohibited on this day. It is believed that donation on this day fetches blessings of Almighty. Especially when one donates cows, feeds Brahmins and observes fast. Gifting gold is believed to be fulfilling the desires of the people.

Tripuri Purnima is celebrated just the day after Maha Shivratri. As this day is celebrated to commemorate the defeat of Tripurasura by Tripurari, Lord Shiva is worshipped. Lamps are lit at temples for the entire night, as it is the day of illumination. People light 360 or 720 wicks on this day at the place of worship in hope of getting salvation after death. 720 wicks symbolize the 360 days and nights of the years. During this time, all religious and spiritual places become alive with lights of lamps, especially the Ghats of Varanasi. Devotees give lamps to the priests as gift. Lamps are lit at holy places for the entire night. Also, this day is known as Kartika Diparatna and lamps look like jewels in the month of Kartik. The Diyas are also flown in small boats in water. Area around holy trees like Tulsi, Sacred Fig and Amla are also kept lighted. It is believed that this light of lamps help other creatures around like fishes, birds and insects in attaining salvation by seeing the holy light.

This is how Kartik Purnima is celebrated all over India. Such a glorious festival, one should not miss the chance of celebrating it. With this brief article on Kartik Purnima, we hope you will make the best out of this time. Happy Kartik Purnima 2014!

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