Pomp and gaiety marks Tripuri Pournima

MT Bureau

Nashik: People celebrated Tripuri Pournima with religious fervor and zest .People paid obeisance to Kartikeya Swami, son of Lord Shiva, took holy dips in River Godavari and donated “Diyas (lamps)” to Brahmins or priests. Temples along the banks of river Godavari, including the Lord Shiva temples, Lord Kapaleshwar temple and Lord Balaji temple at Someshwar were also lit up with lamps on the occasion.

Women thronged near the river banks for “Deepdan (donation of lamps)” and released lamps in Godavari. Kartik Pournima also marks the conclusion of Tulsi Vivah. Thus, Tusli Vivah ceremonies were performed at various temples and households as well.

Kartik Pournima is a Hindu festival, celebrated on the Pournima (full moon) day or the fifteenth lunar day of the month of Kartik (November-December). It is also known as Tripuri Pournima or Tripurari Pournima. It is also called as Dev Diwali – the Festival of Lights of the Gods.

Tripurari Pournima derives its name from Tripurari – the vanquisher of the demon Tripurasur. In some legends of Kartik Pournima, the term is used to denote the three demon sons of Tarkasur. Tripurari is an epithet of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva in his form as “Tripurantaka” (Killer of Tripurasura) killed Tripurasur on this day. Tripurasur had conquered the whole world and defeated the Gods and also created three cities in space, together called “Tripura”.

The Gods were jubilant with the killing of the demon and destruction of his cities with a single arrow – by Lord Shiva and they declared the day as a festival of illuminations. This day is also called “Dev Diwali” – the Diwali celebrated by the Gods. Sikhs celebrate Guru Nanak Jayanti
For Sikhs, too, the day of Kartik Pournima is very auspicious, as it coincides with their festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti (Guru Nanak Gurpurab). The founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak was born on the day of Kartik Pournima in 1469 AD. Sikhs in the city celebrated Guru Nanak Jayanti .