7 amazing facts about Kartik Purnima

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Introduction to Kartik Purnima

Kartik Purnima has religious and spiritual significance in Indian culture. The Diwali of the Gods is celebrated on Kartik Purnima. Many religious events, including bathing in the sacred river, worship, and ceremonies, take place on this day. Kartik is the best month for accumulating spiritual and physical vitality among the twelve months of the year.


Bathing in the Ganges and Saryu yields the year’s harvest

Kartik Purnima allows us to partake in the Gods’ Diwali, whose brightness removes the tamasic inclinations that lurk within the creature. The Puranas have named this month’s Trayodashi, Chaturdashi, and Purnima Ati Pushkarini. According to the Skanda Purana, a creature who bathes every day in the month of Kartik becomes the partaker of full fruit if he bathes solely on these three Tithis before sunrise.

Saryu Ghat at Ayodhya
Saryu Ghat at Ayodhya

Kartik Purnima, Tripuri Purnima, and Ganga Snan are all names for the full moon in the Kartik month. The significance of bathing in the Ganges on Kartik Purnima is mentioned in the scriptures. Bathing in the Ganges on this day is said to bring the benefits of bathing in the Ganges throughout the year. On this day, bathing in sacred rivers and pilgrimages, such as the Ganges, confers great virtue and purifies the soul.


Brahma Sarovar was a tributary of Brahma.

Lord Brahma had incarnated in the Brahma Sarovar Pushkar on this day. Thousands of people flock to Pushkar on Kartik Purnima to wash in the famous Pushkar lake, pray in Lord Brahma’s temple and contribute lamps. According to tradition, Lord Shiva defeated a monster named Tripurasur on this day. The gods were overjoyed, and Lord Vishnu bestowed upon Shiva the name Tripurari, one of Shiva’s many names.

Brahma Sarovar at Pushkar, Rajasthan at the time of Kartik Purnima
Brahma Sarovar at Pushkar, Rajasthan

On this day, Tripurasur came to an end.

In this context, there is a legend that the dread of a monster named Tripurasur terrified the three planets. Tripurasur had also asserted his dominance over the heavenly realms. Tripurasur spent a long time in Prayag doing penance. Due to his austerity, the three worlds began to burn. Then Brahma Ji appeared to him, and Tripurasura requested a favour from him, promising that no gods, women, men, creatures, animals, birds, or night could harm him. Tripurasura became immortal as a result of this boon and began torturing the gods.

All of the gods came together to seek Brahma Ji for a solution to get rid of this monster, and Brahma Ji taught the gods how to get rid of Tripurasura. Lord Shankar was approached by the deities, who appealed to him to destroy Tripurasura. Then Mahadev made the decision to assassinate Tripurasur. In the three worlds, Mahadev discovered the monster. During the Pradosh period, Mahadev killed Tripurasura in the guise of Ardhanarishvara on Kartik Purnima. On the same day, the gods came to Shivlok, or Kashi, to celebrate Deepawali.


In Kashi, the goddesses celebrate Diwali on this day

This custom has continued in Kashi since then. Donating a lamp in Kashi on this day of Kartik month is thought to bring salvation to the ancestors. According to the Puranas, Lord Vishnu assumed the Matsya avatar on this day to defend Dharma and the Vedas. Apart from that, from Ashadh Shukla Ekadashi to Kartik Shukla Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu remains absorbed in yoga Nidra for four months and then awakens.


Lord Vishnu comes out of Yoga Nidra

All the gods and goddesses lit the lamp on Purnima after completing the Maha Aarti of Lakshmi-Narayan, pleased with Lord Vishnu’s yoga Nidra waking. This is the Deepawali of the Gods, thus we participate in the Deepawali of the Gods by donating lights and fasting on this day so that we can infuse divinity within us, that is, we can absorb the virtues within ourselves, from male to Narayan. Diwali of the Gods encourages us to reject demonic tendencies and adopt virtues.

Lord Vishnu
Lord Vishnu on Sheshnaag

The month of Kartik is considered to be the month of Lord Kartikeya’s spiritual practice. That is why the month is known as Kartik. According to the Narada Purana, it is a legal need to pay a visit to Kartikeya Ji on Kartik Purnima in order to obtain all virtues and triumph over adversaries. On the full moon, Lord Vishnu himself purifies the soul by releasing it from sins by washing, tarpan, Japa-tapa, worship, kirtan, and charity.

The creature receives the blessings of Vishnu by becoming sin-free and debt-free after bathing on the full moon day and listening to Shri Satyanarayana’s narrative, reading Gita, reciting Vishnu Sahasranamam, and singing ‘Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya’. Lamps should be lighted beneath the sky in the evening near dwellings, temples, peepal trees, and Tulsi plants, as well as donated lamps in sacred waterways like the Ganga, to please Lord Vishnu.


Guru Nanak Jayanti is a day dedicated to Guru Nanak

The day of Kartik Purnima is known as the Festival of Lights by Sikhism devotees. On this day, the first Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, was born. On this day, Sikhs take a bath in the morning and head to the Gurudwara to listen to the Guruvani and take a vow to follow Nanak Ji’s way. As a result, this full moon is also known as Guru Parv.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Guru Nanak Dev JI


The significance of donating a lamp in Kartik

A person who donates an Akhand lamp near Shrikeshav in the month of Kartik is said to be filled with celestial radiance.

Those who light the lamps of others in Shri Hari’s temple in the month of Kartik are exempt from going to hell. On Kartik Ekadashi, it is said that a mouse gave birth to a rare human child by lighting a lamp kept by others.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been donated to the earth by the sea and milk by calves.


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