Karthik Purnima 2020
Karthik Purnima is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains all over India. It is the fifteenth lunar day or the full moon day of the auspicious Karthika month of the Hindu lunar calendar. Karthik Purnima is known to many as Tripura Purnima, Tripurari Purnima, Purnimasi, Pournami, and Deva–Diwali. Towards the South of India and Sri Lanka, a related festival called Karthika Deepam is celebrated on a different date. This month comes across as extra special since it is the only month in the calendar that is dedicated to the worship of both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. On this day, being an early bird would come in handy as finding space in temples will be next to impossible. Devotees throng temples of both deities to seek blessings on this auspicious day. Get your FREE 60-page Kundli now!
- Karthik Purnima 2020
- When is Karthik Purnima 2020?
- Significance of Karthik Purnima 2020
- Karthik Purnima 2020 Rituals
When is Karthik Purnima 2020?
Karthik Purnima Dates 2020
Karthik Purnima Tithi Begins – 12:47 PM on Nov 29, 2020 Karthik Purnima Tithi Ends – 02:59 PM on Nov 30, 2020
Significance of Karthik Purnima 2020The magic of Karthik Purnima lies in the stories associated with it, and there are quite a few. One is associated with the first incarnation of Lord Vishnu as Matsya or Matsyavataram, who took the form of a giant fish on this day to save the first man, Manu from a great deluge.
DEV DIWALI – Dev Diwali falls on Sunday, 29 November 2020
TULSI VIVAH – Tulsi Vivah falls on Thursday, 26 November 2020.
- BOITA BANDANA meaning ‘sanctifying of boats’. The Boita Bandana ritual widely recognizes the fame of Odisha’s (former Kalinga) maritime heritage on the day of Karthika Purnima. Earlier, the daring seafaring merchants, also known as ‘Saadhabas’ of Kalinga used to set off to the seas at pre-dawn of Karthik Purnima, this being the full moon day of the month of Karthik. This particular time was preferred since the waters of Karthika used to be much calmer. These merchants used to sail the high seas in boats to transact trade with the merchants of Bali. The women of the community used to give them a hearty see off by singing “aa ka ma boi” which symbolizes three Odia months – Aswina, Kartika, and Margashira. After they set off, the women would spend days praying for the safety of their men. Today, the day they bid farewell to the seafarers is celebrated as Boita Bandana, which means sanctifying of boats. People rise early, bathe, and visit temples. They sing songs early in the morning to mark the occasion. Miniature boats of different shapes and sizes made from paper and banana stem carrying diyas, flowers, beetle leaves, milk, supari, and coins are then set afloat on water bodies, to mark the rich maritime legacy of ancient Odisha. A month-long fast “Habisha” is undertaken, which means having food only once in the afternoon and it ends with the ancient festival that takes place on the morning of Karthika Purnima.
Karthik Purnima 2020 Rituals
Karthik Purnima in JAINISMAs far as Jains are concerned, Karthik Purnima is a very promising day for them. Jains celebrate this day by flocking to the foothills of Shatrunjay hills in Palitana on this day to undertake the Shri Shantrunjay Theerth Yatra. This is considered a great accomplishment for a Jain devotee, as it covers 216kms of rough mountainous terrain on foot to worship Lord Adinath atop the hill. This yatra is possible only on Karthik Purnima when the hills are thrown open to the devotees after remaining close for four months of Chaturmas. As they were kept away from worshipping their Lord, the first day usually sees the largest number of devotees. According to Jain texts, countless sadhus and sadhvis have attained salvation on these hills. They believe that Adinath, their first Tirthankara, sanctified the mountains by visiting it to deliver his first sermon. Get your personalized free horoscope now!
Karthik Purnima in SIKHISMFor the Sikhs in general, they are quite clear about any month, day, or the moment a person remembers the Divine is considered auspicious. According to the Nanakshahi (Sikh) calendar, Guru Nanak was born on 1 Vaisakh, 14 April. It was a full moon night. Certain Hindus and other followers of Guru Nanak’s philosophy choose to celebrate this festival on Karthik Purnima according to Bikrami (Hindu) calendar. Hence they celebrate Karthik Purnima as Gurupurab or Prakash Parva that is Guru Nanak Jayanthi worldwide.
RITUALS of Karthik Purnima in HinduismDevotees take a ritualistic bath or ‘Nadi Snaan’ at the rivers. A day-long fast is observed in the name of Lord Shiva. Rudra abhisheka is performed by bathing the deity in milk and honey. In the name of Lord Vishnu, the Satya Naryana Vrat is performed. Get your FREE 60-page Kundli now! According to Hindu scriptures,
- It is mandatory to take a ritual bath in the river Ganges on this day.
- After a set of rituals, a procession is undertaken wherein idols and images of Lord Shiva are carried to the river to immerse them after worship
- Diyas and earthen lamps are lit to celebrate the victory of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
- A special Prasad called ‘Annakutta’ is offered to the deities.
- Devotees indulge themselves in the ritual of ‘Bhandara’ and ‘Anna Daan’ to gain immovable property and prosperity throughout the year.