The four-headed god Brahma is seen. The moon and the Sun are depicted as the wheels of the chariot. Tripuri Purnima or Tripurari Purnima derives its name from Tripurari - the foe of the demon Tripurasura. Tripurari is an epithet of god Shiva. Shiva in his form as Tripurantaka "Killer of Tripurasura" killed Tripurasura on this day.

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In this month we offer prayers to both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Ksheerabdhi dwadashi is 12th lunar day, we offer prayers to Tulasi plant. The full moon day of the Karthika Month of the lunar calendar is one of the most auspicious days for a Hindu.

Matsyavatara was to save Manu from the MahaPralaya. Karthika Deepam is one of the most ancient festivals that have been celebrated since ages according to Indian history.

It is symbolic of the festival of lights in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and is dedicated to the infiniteness of The Almighty. Rituals during Karthika Deepam Houses are cleaned and washed on this day. Fasts are kept until sunset and special dishes are prepared to be eaten after closing the fast. The entire house is decorated with numerous lamps. Different patterns of lamps symbolic of mythological tales are used — Lakshmi villaku shaped like a woman with folded hands, Kuthu villaku shaped like a five petal flower and the Gajalakshmi villaku—the elephant lamp.

This festival also rejuvenates the sister-brother bond as sisters pray and fast for the long life and well-being of their brothers. In Andhra Pradesh, on the day of full moon or Karthika pournami, a big lamp with wicks is lit to ward off any evil and the holy text of Kartheeka puranam is recited to invite auspiciousness and good fortune.

This festival is celebrated with much pomp and glory at the Shiva temples. And lighting the lamps at the Shiva and Vishnu Temples is considered auspicious. Donations to Brahmins or scholars is considered as good. Performing Satyanarayana Vratam is considered auspicious and Rudrabhishekam for Lord Shiva too is performed on this day. Woman folk in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have the tradition of keeping the lit ghee diya in a Banana stem and set it afloat in the river or in a plate of water at home.

Deepa Danam on this day is considered auspicious for a prosperous life Legend One of the great sacred texts, Mahabharata demonstrates the story behind the holiness of Karthik purnima.

Usually demons are very intelligent and strong but they misuse their knowledge and powers. These three demons performed a severe penance for Brahma and got a boon that they would live for thousand years in three strong, moving cities called as Tripuri and they could only be destructed by an arrow which makes the cities into one and sets them to fire.

After the end of thousand years of the negative rule of the three demons, the Gods went to Lord Shiva and prayed to him to demolish the asuras. As a commemoration of the demolition of the demons which occured on the Full Moon day, the event is celebrated as Karthik Purnima or Tripuri Poornima. Kartik pournami is also called as Dev Diwali as it is a brighter day for the Gods who fought against the demons to destroy the evil powers of them.

In Varansi all the Ghats are lighted with diyas. It is a visual delight. Not only the Ghats but almost all the houses in Varanasi also decorated with diyas. Karthika Purnima is also the birth day of Sri Guru Nanak and is celebrated with great devotion by Sikhs. Even for Jains Karthika Purnima is a big festival and is celebrated with great devotion.

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Karthika Pournami Festival : Story and Significance

Read on to know more from the story of the Karkasa, a beautiful girl who turns to a dog and how she returns back to her beautiful body. The section was elaborated about what to do during the month and how to start about. The beautiful explanations by Vashistha keep readers close to their ears. The story is about Nishturi, the daughter of a Brahmin, who falls into bad habits during her teen years. Misra Sharma is good, humble and a well educated young Brahmin who follows religious traditions with great devotion. Karkasa marries Misra Sharma and because of the humble mentality of Misra Sharma, Karkasa continues to enjoy all she wants to do. As days pass by, she takes more advantage of the gentleness of Misra Sharma and begins to shout at and even beat Misra Sharma.


Karthika Puranam (కార్తీక పురాణం) By Mylavarapu Srinivasa Rao

Karthika Masam: Karthika Puranam for Salvation! It is said that he who performs daily Shiva Pooja this month will attain Salvation. In Hinduism, Mondays are generally dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. It is believed that the moon observed Somavara Vratam to escape from the curse of Daksha and to get the blessings from Lord Shiva and a spot in His matted locks. Many start the 30 — day Karthika vratam and the most important aspect of Karthika masam vratham is hearing or reading Karthika puranam. Reciting the Kartik Purana during Kartik month is very auspicious.

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