Kartik Purnima: Important Dates & Information

05 November, 2014
Kartik Purnima:  Important Dates & Information Kartik Purnima:  Important Dates & Information

Kartik Purnima, known as Dev Diwali or Tripuri Purnima too, is a significant Hindu festival celebrated on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Kartik. It usually falls in November as per the Gregorian calendar. Here go some important dates and information related to the particular festival:

Date: The festival of Kartik Purnima falls on the 15th  lunar day of the Hindu month of Kartik, usually falling in November. In 2023, Kartik Purnima is going to be celebrated on November 21.

Significance of Kartik Purnima is considered one of the most auspicious days in the Hindu calendar. It is believed to be the birthday of Lord Kartikeya and is also dedicated to Lord Shiva, who slayed demon Tripurasura on this day. It is also believed that having a bath in holy water on this day can wash away sins and bestows good fortune.

Celebrations on Kartik Purnima

On Kartik Purnima, people wake up early in the morning, take a holy dip, and offer prayers to both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Devotees light diyas (earthen lamps) in respective temples and homes to welcome the deities and seek their blessings. It is also a popular day to go for charity and perform acts of kindness to the destitute.

Regional Varieties

Kartik Purnima is celebrated in different ways across India. In some parts of the country, people lighting lamps float them on water bodies, while in other regions, devotees offer rice and wheat to the deities. The festival is particularly significant in the holy Varanasi, where it is celebrated with pompous processions and the lighting of thousands of lamps.

Kartik Purnima is a mirthful and auspicious festival that is celebrated with utmost devotion and total enthusiasm across India.

Why is it Observed?

Kartik Purnima is observed for several reasons. It may vary according to different Hindu beliefs and traditions. Some of the main reasons are:

Birthday of Lord Kartikeya: According to Hindu scriptures and mythology, Lord Kartikeya, known as Skanda or Murugan too, was born on the day of Kartik Purnima. He is believed to be the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and is regarded as the commander-in-chief of the army of gods. Hence, Kartik Purnima is observed as his birthday by his devotees round h globe.

Slaying of Demon Tripurasura 

Another event associated with Kartik Purnima is the slaying of the notorious demon Tripurasura by Lord Shiva. According to the legend, the demon created three cities in the sky, underwater, and on earth. Thereafter he became invincible. Lord Shiva destroyed the cities with only one arrow on the day of Kartik Purnima. In this way Lord Shiva freed the world from the demon's tyranny.

Importance of holy bath

Kartik Purnima is also regarded an auspicious day for taking a holy dip in the sacred rivers and water bodies. It is believed that doing so on this day one can wash away the sins and purify the soul. Therefore, many religious minded people take a dip in the holy waters and offer Puja to Lord Vishnu and other deities.

Kartik Purnima is bascally observed for its sheer spiritual and mythological significance. It is an important day for Hindus to express their devotion and seek blessings from Lord Kartikeya and other gods and goddesses.


The beauty of the moon outshines the nature. Kartik Purnima is a festival celebrated in the month of kartik as per hindu calendar which is the full moon day (Purnima). It will be celebrated on 6th November 2014. It is also called Dev Deepawali and Tripurari Purnima. Tripurari is derived from the name of an Asur or demon called Tripurasar. Lord Shiv defeted him on this day and hence he was called Tripurai. This day considered being the most auspicious day. People perform Satya Narayan Vrat and Katha on this day and also people take holy bath in holy river Ganga. It is believed that performing holy bath and donating lamp to a priest will give very fruitful results. Also the holy bath washes all your sins and your soul is purified. This is considered to be the biggest Purnima Night. People also light earthen lamps in their houses and observe fast.

Hindu mythology says that Lord Vishnu incarnated himself as a Fish (Matasyavtar is also celebrated as the birthday of Vrinda (Tulsi) as well as Kartikey - son of Lord Shiva). Lord Krishna, who is incarnation of Lord Vishnu worshipped his lover Radha and performed a Ras leela.

Pushkar camel fair which is week-long affair is also commences on the night of Kartik Purnima. People take holy bath in the holy water of Pushkar Sarovar. Sikh celebrate Kartik Purnima as Guru Nanak Dev's birthday. Kartik Purnima is celebrated in the entire country with so much of joy and faith and devotion.

We at AskGanesha wish you all a very happy Kartik Purnima. May god bless you with happiness

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