Kartik Purnima

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Kartik Purnima

Kartik Purnima (October / November) is considered to be the holiest month of the Hindu calendar. The Full Moon Day or 15th Purnima day of the Shukla paksha (waxing moon) of the Kartika month is celebrated as Kartik Purnima. Now let’s perform Kartik Purnima Puja.

  1. Let’s first collect all puja items.
  2. Then we will do the puja preparation.
  3. Next we will perform the main Kartik Purnima Puja.
  4. We will conclude with the aarti.
Let’s Collect Kartik Purnima Puja Items & Learn Their Significance
  • Rice
  • Sandalwood
  • Moli (red thread)
  • Roli (red powder)
  • Lamp
  • Incense sticks
  • Coconut
  • Flowers
  • Sweets, Fruits
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Curd (Yogurt)
  • Clarified butter (Ghee)
  • Honey
  • Dry fruits
  • Yagyopavit (sacred thread)
Follow The Video To Prepare For The Kartik Purnima Puja.

Before doing Kartik Purnima Puja, we do the puja preparation or commonly called as panch peeth puja.
Lets follow the video through this step. Only after performing this step we proceed towards the main Kartik Purnima Puja.

Let’s Perform The Main Kartik Purnima Puja

After performing the panch peeth puja, we start the main puja.
Follow along the instructions and mantras to perform the main Kartik Purnima Puja.

We Will Conclude Kartik Purnima Puja With The Aarti.

Puja is considered incomplete without the aarti.
Let us now do the Kartik Purnima Puja to successfully conclude the puja.

Puja is considered complete after we offer dakshina


Mantras, Regional Information, Food Restrictions For Kartik Purnima Puja

Kartik Purnima

Kartik Purnima (October / November) is considered to be the holiest month of the Hindu calendar. The Full Moon Day or 15th Purnima day of the Shukla paksha (waxing moon) of the Kartika month is celebrated as Kartik Purnima.

It has many names including the Diwali of the Gods and Tripuri Purnima. This day marks the victory of Lord Shiva over the demons Tripuri. The Kartik Purnima festival also coincides with the Jain light festival and Guru Nanak’s Birthday.

Legend:

Tripuri Purnima is one of the most auspicious days for worshipping of Shiva, (next only to the Maha Shivaratri). According to Mahabharata there were three sons born to the demon Taraka. Kartikeya killed Taraka. Taraka’s sons were Taraksha, Kamalaksha and Vidyunmali. Demons in Vedic philosophy are very intelligent and strong but they tend to use their knowledge and strength towards the wrong means. These demon sons of Taraka had performed severe penance towards Brahma and won the gift of immense power. The boon that they received, granted them that they would live for a thousand years in three invincible, moving cities known as Tripuri and that they could only be destroyed by one arrow that would merge the three cities into one, and set them to fire. Tri means three and Puri means cities. Tripuri were resplendent, made up of gold, silver and iron. They were built to rival Indra’s grand city. As such powerful demons, the Tripura spent all their time and energy to harass the gods. The power was such that it was difficult to control their destructive tendencies. Their cities never remained in one place long enough therefore it was difficult to destroy them together.

At the end of a thousand years of their negative rule, the gods went to Rudra (Shiva) and asked him to destroy the demon. Rudra had to seek the help of Brahma and the other gods in this task. He danced Tandava, his dance of destruction. He rocked the three cities with his dance and his arrow pierce through the three demons at one time and the fire from his third eye burnt the three cities.

Another legend says that on this day Lord Vishnu incarnated as Matsya avatar to protect Manu, the first man of human kind, from Maha pralay or deluge. Thus devotees take this as a special day to worship Lord Vishnu.

Rituals:

It is believed that annually on the day of Kartik purnima, the Gods descend on earth and reside in the sacred rivers. Ganges and other sacred rivers have elaborate ceremonies on this day and devotees who bathe in the sacred rivers can get rid of their negativities and receive the blessings from all the Gods. Annakuta, an offering of food to the deities, is held in temples.