About Kartik Purnima
Killing of Tripurasura and Diwali of Gods
Kartik Purnima is observed as the Diwali of the Gods or the Dev Diwali. Tripurasura created 3 cities in space and called them together Tripura.Lord Shiva killed demon Tripurasura on this day of Kartik Purnima and thus this day is also known as Tripura Purnima and after this, Lord Shiva came to be known as "Tripurari".
Get 100 times more Punya on Kartik Purnima
People often can be seen on the pilgrimage all over the country and it is considered that if you do daan (donation) to poor, do worship gods and goddesses, do everything good, then you will get the 100 times more punya on the day of Kartik Purnima than on normal days equivalent to 10 Yajnas. Special pujas and rituals are performed in temples across the country and people also observe fast on Purnima day. The Kartik month along with four month long Chatur Maas and Akashdeep festival in Kashi concludes on this day of Kartik Purnima. Some communities also perform Tulsi Vivah and Tulsi Puja final day rituals end on the day which starts with Prabodhini Ekadashi.
Kartik Purnima Mela
Kartik Purnima Mela on the banks of Ganga River at Garh Mukteshwar is a great attraction with a million devotees. It is said that a mere darshan of River Ganga at Garh Mukteshwar will get one Moksha (salvation) and this bathing ritual in Garh Mukteshwar Bridge Ghat in Uttar Pradesh is taking place for more than 5000 years.
Bhishma Panchaka fasting started on Ekadashi day ends on the day of Kartik Purnima. Vaikuntha Chaturdashi fasting and Puja is performed on Chaturdashi Tithi i.e. one day before Kartik Purnima. Lord Vishnu worshipped Lord Shiva on the day of Kartik Chaturdashi during Shukla Paksha and offered Him one thousand lotus flowers. On Dev Deepawali or the day of Kartik Poornima, devotees light earthen lamps or Diya(s) in the evening. It is also believed that Lord Vishnu awoke on this day of Kartik Poornima after a long sleep and thus celebration of Dev-Deepawali.In Tamil Calendar, it is known as the Aani Purnima.
What To Do/Not to do on Kartik Poornima
Kartik Poornima is also known as the birthday of Matsya (incarnation of Lord Vishnu as fish) and the birthday of Vrinda (personification of Tulsi plant). Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati was also born on this day of Kartik Pournami. The day is also dedicated to the dead ancestors, known as Pitr.
Wish you all Happy Kartik Purnima 2018!