Kartik Purnima is considered an auspicious Tithi or day, celebrated by Hindus, sikhs and Jain.
Kartik Purnima is a very bright full moon night, considered one of the most auspicious festival, is celebrated by Hindus on the full moon day i.e. Purnima, in the lunar month of Kartik. Kartik Purnima begins on Friday, November 23, 2018 this year.
This is a festival of lights and is also known as Tripurari Purnima or Dev Diwali(Dev Deepavali). People keep fast,take bath in the holy river (known as Kartik Snan or Manikarnika Snan) worship Lord Vishnu and donate food and clothes(Anna-daan,Vastra- daan)to fulfill their desires.This festival is also known as Raas Yatra (Pushkar Mela,Ajmer) or Krittika Deepam in South India.
People should chant Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram after taking holy river bath. It is believed that these remedial measures end ill effects of their sins or Pitra Dosha.
Jain celebrate this day as a starting day of Pushya abhisheka Yatra or the’Festival of Light’.
This auspicious day is celebrated by Sikhs as the birth anniversary of Jupiter Nanak Dev(Guru Nanak Jayanti).