English meaning of the festival
Karthik refers to the month and Purnima means full moon. It is also known as Tripuri Purnima and Tripurari Purnima. It is sometimes called Deva-Diwali or Deva-Deepavali, the festival of lights of the gods.
How the date is decided annually
Kartika Purnima is celebrated on the Purnima (full moon) day or the fifteenth lunar day of Kartik. Kartik.
Significance of the festival to Hinduism
Kartik Purnima also celebrates the victory of Lord Shiva over the demon Tripurasura. When Kartik Purnima falls in the ‘Krittika’ Nakshatra, it is known as Maha Kartik, which has more significance. The day of Kartik Purnima is auspicious and any religious activity gives immense benefits. It is strongly believed that Kartik Purnima provides Artha, Dharma, Karma, and Salvation.
How to observe/practice
It is recommended that on Kartik Purnima, one take a bath at sunrise and moonrise (evening). Devotees worship Lord Vishnu with flowers, incense sticks, and lamps. Devotees keep a fast on Kartik Purnima, perform Sathyanarayan Vrat and recite Sathyanarayan Katha. Devotees also perform Rudrabhishek. The temples of Lord Shiva are brightly illuminated. Devotees are encouraged to donate lamps, recite Vedic mantras, and sing bhajans. It is believed that on worshipping Lord Vishnu on this day, one can benefit immense fortune
Updated: 25 January 2023