Importance of Kartik Purnima

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According to Hindu calendar, the eighth month of the year is Kartik month. The full moon of the bright fortnight of Kartik month is called Kartik Purnima. There are fifteen full moon days each year. When Ardhamas or Malamas comes, their number increases to sixteen. This date has been very special since the beginning of creation. In the Puranas, this day is said to provide salvation in terms of bathing, fasting and austerity.

Its importance is very much not only for Vaishnava devotees but also for Shaivite devotees and Sikhism. This day is special for the devotees of Vishnu because the first incarnation of Lord Vishnu took place on this day. In the principal manifestation, Lord Vishnu was as a fish or fish. God needed to take this manifestation to ensure the Vedas, to secure the Saptarishis, grains and King Satyavrat till the finish of the Holocaust. This made the making of the world simple once more.

According to Shiva devotees, on this day, Lord Bholenath killed a great demon Asura named Tripurasura, from which he was worshiped as Tripurari. This made the gods very happy and Lord Vishnu gave the name Tripurari to Shiva, which is one of the many names of Shiva. Therefore, it is also called 'Tripuri Poornima'.

Similarly, in Sikhism, the day of Kartik Purnima is celebrated as Prakashotsav. Because on this day Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh sect was born. On this day, the followers of the Sikh community take a bath in the morning and go to the gurudwaras and listen to the gurvani, and make a promise to follow the path given by Nanak. It is also called Guru Parva.

In this way, this day is special for not one but several reasons. On this day, Ganga-bathing, lamp donation, other donations etc. are of special importance. On this day, the donation of Kshirsagar is of infinite importance, the donation of Kshirsagar is done by filling milk in a vessel of 24 fingers, leaving gold or silver fish in it. This festival is celebrated in the evening by lighting a lamp like Deepawali.

It is likewise accepted that by observing Shiva Shankar in Kritika on this day, an individual is learned and well off for seven births. On this day, when the moon is ascending in the sky, loving Shiva, Sambhuti, Santi, Preeti, Anusuya and Kshama, these six Kritikas bring the happiness of Shiva.