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Kartik Purnima –Holy Festival of Hindu, Sikh and Jain
As per Hindu calendar, Kartik Purnima is one of the holiest festivals dedicated to Lord Shiva, Brahma, Sun, Angira and Vishnu. This festive month starts with the Sun entering the Libra sign. As per the calendar, this festival is observed in the month of Kartik. Kartik Purnima is celebrated by not only Hindus, Muslims and Jain, but is also important festival for Sikhs, as this day marks the birthday of Guru Nanak.
Highlight of Kartik Purnima
Kartik Poornima is celebrated by Jainism followers as the Light Festival. On this auspicious day, the Jain followers worship Lord Mahavira. On this day, they lit lamps under the moonlight sky. At this time, many devotees visit Palitana which is the sacred pilgrimage. This is because, after this day the pilgrimage is closed during the four months of monsoon. Apart from this, Muslim pay homage to the need people and pray for their dear ones.
According to the Shastras, the day is the beginning of Lord Vishnu’s sleep. Hence, most of the Lord Vishnu followers keep fast on this day and pray for their dear ones. It is believed that Lord Vishnu took avatar as the fish incarnation or Chaturmas to save Manush, the first man on the Earth. Thus this day is believed to worship Lord Vishnu and has great importance for all Lord Vishnu devotees.
This day is also known as Dev Deepawali, as the festival of Gods. The myth says that, on this day Gods reside on earth in the sacred rivers. Hence, this festival is of great importance and is believed that taking snan (bath) in sacred rivers can purify man’s soul. Bathing in scared rivers is rituals and hence you can be free from negative feelings such as greed, envy, arrogance, anger and selfish desires. Apart from this, Kartik Purnima is also considered as the birthday of the epitome Tulsi plant that is Vrinda. On this day, Tulsi Vivah is done as the auspicious festival.
Celebrations of Kartik Purnima
This festival is of great importance to all Hindus, Muslims, Jains and Sikhs. The day is celebrated with great fervour, dedication and devotion according to the community rituals. People perform rituals as per their custom and traditions and worship their home God in order to get blessings for the close and dear ones. Right from the fasts to visit the holy place, people celebrate this festival with great importance and significance.
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