Kartik Purnima Festival
Kartik Purnima (Kartika purnima) is a Hindu, Sikh and Jain holy festival, celebrated on the Purnima (full moon) day or the fifteenth lunar day of Kartik (November–December). It is also known as Tripuri Purnima and Tripurari Purnima. It is sometimes called Deva-Diwali or Deva-Deepawali – the festival of lights of the gods. Karthikai Deepam is a related festival celebrated in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka,TamilNadu, Kerala and SriLanka.
Kartika Month is the only month in which both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are worshipped. Kartika Pouranmi or Kartika Poornima is also one of the days when the temples of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are full with the devotees wanting a darshan of their deities.
The other names of Kartika Poornima are Deva Deepawali or Deva Diwali, Tripuri Poornima or Tripurari Purnima.
Katika Poornima is also celebrated as the day on which Lord Vishnu incarnated as Matsya or Matsyavatram happened on Karthika Purnima. Matsyavatara was to save Manu from the MahaPralaya.
Lord Shiva killed the demon Tripurasura on Karthika Purnima and hence the name Tripura Purnima or Tipurari Purnima.
Karthika Purniam is also associated with Prabodini Ekadasi.
Lighting of Lamps in Temple or Near Tulasi: Devotees would visit the temple of Lord Shiva and lit lamps. A pack of 365 wicks is usually lit. Each wick is for each day of the year. And also
Devotees Performing of SatyaNarayana Vrat One of the most auspicious days for performing the Satya Narayana Swamy Vrat is Karthika Purnima. Karthika Purnima is one of the favorite days of Lord Vishnu.Hence devotees would prefer and try their level best to perform the SatyaNarayana Vrat on Karthika Purnima. The virtue of performing the SatyaNarayana Vrat on Karthika Purnima is multi folded when compared to performing the same on other days.
In Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Shiva Linga Mahajala Abhishekam is organized on the day. Kartik Purnima, is also a day to perform the Tulsi Vivah. These celebrations are also associated with the legend of Lord Kartikeya, who is said to have killed the demon Tarakasura.
In the city of Cuttack, Orissa this day is celebrated with much gusto where people float small boats made out of cork, colored paper or banyan tree bark while remembering the past maritime glory of Orissa as well as worshiping Lord Kartikeya. Huge images and idols of lords are set up and worshiped. Thereafter, the images are immersed in the Mahanadi River.
In Varanasi, the ghats are decorated with thousands of diyas. People also gift diyas to the priests. This day is also known as Kartik Diparatna as the houses and Shiva temples are illuminated throughout the night.