Kartik Purnima is also reffered as ‘Dev-Diwali’. It is commemorated on full moon day (Purnima) of the Hindi month Katik that falls in the month (October - November) according to Georgian calendar.
Legend behind Kartik Purnima
According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that once there was the demon Tripurasura. He was so powerful that he had conquered the whole world and defeated the Indra, leader of the Gods. Demon Tripurasura then created three cities in space, together called "Tripura”.
Indra along with other Gods requested that Shiva. ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... incarnated in his form as Tripurantaka ("Killer of Tripurasura") killed the demon Tripurasura on this day. The killing of the demon and destruction of his city with a single arrow by Shiva rejuvenated Gods. They started making celebrations and declared the day as a festival of illuminations. Since that this day is also called "Dev-Diwali" - the Diwali of the gods.
According to another legend, VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. descended on the Earth on this day. He incarnated in the form of giant fish, with a human torso connected to the rear half of a fish to forewarn ManuManu
Manu, also popularly known Satyavrata Manu or Shraddha Deva Manu, is regarded as the ancestor of all humanity according to Hinduism. about an impending catastrophic flood and orders him to collect all the grains of the world in a boat; in some forms of the story, all living creatures are also to be preserved in the boat. When the flood destroys the world, Manu was saved by the seven great sages by boarding the ark, which MatsyaMatsya
Matsya Avatar was the first Avatar of Vishnu, among the Dashavatara... is pulled to safety.
This day holds special significance for RadhaRadha
Radha, also known as Radhika and Radharani was a Gopi (milkmaid)..., the lover of KrishnaKrishna
It is described that there are three aspects of the Supreme that must... - Vishnu's incarnation. It is believed that Krishna worshipped her on this day and then had danced with her.
How People celebrate Kartik Purnima
Hindus usually celebrate this festival by lighting lamps and floating them on the small boat made of big leaf on banks of River Ganges. Many people burn earthen lamps in the temple or in homes in front of the Tutsi plant. It is celebrated on a huge scale in the holy city of Varanasi. It is believed that if you perform certain philanthropic acts and give donations to the poor on this day, then it can bring good fortune that is equivalent to ten Yajnas. They are the sacred rituals to invoke deities using fire. The purpose of performing such rituals are to gain boons, including wealth, health and power. The ritual is performed by priests or learned Brahmins Many people keep fast and chant Maha Mrtiunjaye Mantra A group of sacred words chanted in order to gain something, be it materialistic pleasures or peaceful mindin the multiples of 108 on this day.
Many fairs are organized on this day. The most famous one is the “Pushkar Fair” organized in the city of Pushkar situated in the state of Rajasthan. People take a dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake.