Kartik Poornima

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Kartika Poornima (Kartika purnima) is the Hindu, Jain and holy festival, celebrated on the Purnima (full moon) day or the fifteenth lunar day of Kartika (November–December). It is also known asTripuri Poornima and Tripurari Poornima. It is sometimes called Deva-Diwali or Deva-Deepawali - the festival of lights of the gods.

Kartik purnima marks the victory of Lord Shiva over the demons Tripuri. The Kartik Purnima festival also coincides with the festival of Jain light and Guru Nanak's Birthday.
Hindus celebrate it as a day when the god incarnated himself as a ‘Matsya’ or the Fish. God Vishnu took the fish incarnation to save Vaivasvata, the 17th Manu and the progenitor of human race from Deluge.

It is believed that all the worship done in this month contributes to the spiritual upliftment of individual. When the lord Ganesha( son of lord shiva- The destroyer in Hindu Trinity) was known as Pratham Pujya. His younger brother Kartikeya questioned the decision and then it was determined that entire month in the year would be dedicated to Kartikeya and to be called as Kartik.
Kartik Poornima is only day of the year when the Lord Brahma, the Creator of the universe, is worshiped. As legend goes, Lord Brahma wished to perform a ‘Yajna’ or sacrifice on the earth and selected hill on which he would perform a Yajna. Here Lord Brahma followed his penance for 1000 years. From the sky, he then dropped the Lotus flower, which is said to have created the holy lake of Pushkar which means ‘Lotus’.

Just before he set to commence the sacrifice, Lord Brahma eldest wife, Savitri was nowhere to be seen. Lord Brahma impatiently commenced the ‘Yajna’ with the younger wife, Gayatri. When Savitri learnt this, she was shocked and cursed him and stated that, he would only be worshiped on a one particular day of the year that is-Kartik Poornima.

It is believed that also on this day Lord Shiva with help of Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu to destroy the demon, Tripur. Tripur had the boon that neither God nor humans would be able to kill him. With no fear of death, he started harassing everyone and so all the Gods asked Lord Shiva to destroy Tripur.