Kartik Purnima begins on Friday, November 23, 2018 this year. Kartik Purnima is a festival of lights. This Purnima is also known as Tripurari Purnima or Dev Diwali (Dev Deepavali) or Raas Yatra. Devotees observe Vrat, take bath in the holy river (known as Kartik Snan), visit temples, worship Lord Vishnu, recite Vishnu Sahastranama Mantra and do charity to fulfill their desires.
This festival is celebrated as festival of lights throughout the world by people of different communities with different names. People keep fast,take bath in the holy river (known as Kartik Snan or Manikarnika Snan) worship, chant Mantra, and donate food and clothes (Anna-daan,Vastra- daan). This festival is also known as Pushkar Mela in Ajmer, or Krittika Deepam in South India. Kartik Purnima is also celebrated worldwide as Jupiter Nanak Dev Jayanti or Gurpurab, also known as Prakash Utsav. Jains celebrate this day as a starting day of Pushya Abhisheka Yatra or the ‘Festival of Lights’.
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.
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.
This auspicious day Kartik Purnima will be celebrated by Sikhs as Gurpurab, Guru Nanak Jayanti or the 549th birth anniversary of their first Guru and founder, Guru Nanak Dev (Guru Nanak Jayanti). Guru Nanak Dev was born on 15th April 1469. The date of this sacred festival varies from year to year according to the Sikh calendar. The large number of Sikhs take out the procession on roads, read holy book Guru Granth Sahib or recite Gurbani to remember the Guru, the first of the ten Sikh Gurus.