Kartika Poornima (Kartika purnima) is a Hindu and Jain holy festival, celebrated on the Purnima (full moon) day or the fifteenth lunar day of Kartika (November–December). It is also known as Tripuri Poornima and Tripurari Poornima. It is sometimes called Deva-Diwali or Deva-Deepawali – the festival of lights of the gods. This year Kartik Poornima or Dev-Diwali falls on 23 November 2018.
The full moon day during the month of Kartik is known as Kartik Purnima. Depending on people and the region, the full moon day in Hindu calendar is also referred as Poornima, Poonam, Pournami and Pournimasi. In Vaishnava tradition Kartik month is known as Damodara month. Damodara is one of the names of Lord Krishna.
Tripuri Purnima was one off d most propitious day to worshipping off Shiva, next only to d Maha Shivaratri. According to Mahabharata there were three sons born to the demon Taraka. Kartikeya (Mars)killed Taraka. Taraka?s sons were called Taraksha, Kamalaksha & Vidyunmali.
Demons inn Vedic philosophy were very intelligent & strong but they tend to use their knowledge & strength towards d wrong means. These demon sons off Taraka would have performed severe penance towards Brahma & won d gift off immense power.
Kartik Purnima Date, Timings
Purnima Tithi Begins = 12:53 on 22/Nov/2018
Purnima Tithi Ends = 11:09 on 23/Nov/2018
Kartik Poornima- Dev-Diwali Vrata Story
It is said that Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu come to visit Earth during Kartik month. Hence, worshiping them on this day is considered highly fruitful.
Some Hindu communities observe fast on Purnima day. Special pujas and rituals are performed in many temples.
The day is also the last day in the Kartik month in the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. This day is also called “Dev-Diwali” – the Diwali of the gods. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights.
In Pushkar, Rajasthan, the Pushkar Fair or Pushkar mela commences on Prabodhini Ekadashi and continues till Kartik Poornima, the latter being the most important. This fair is held in honour of god Brahma, whose temple stands at Pushkar. A ritual bath on Kartik Poornima in the Pushkar Lake is considered to lead one to salvation. It is believed circling the three Pushkars on Kartik Poornima is highly meritorious. Sadhus gather here and stay from ekadashi to full moon day in caves.
Purnima fasting might be observed either on Purnima day or on one day before Purnima day i.e. on Chaturdashi day depending on starting time of Purnima Tithi on previous day.
Purnima fasting on Chaturdashi occurs only when Purnima starts during Madhyahna period on previous day. It is believed that if Chaturdashi prevails beyond Madhyahna then it pollutes Purnima Tithi and this Chaturdashi day should not be considered for Purnima fasting even if Purnima prevails during evening.