What is Chitra Purnima?

The Sun’s presence in the zodiac sign of Aries, heralds the beginning of a Vedic New Year. Chitra Pournami or Chitra Purnima occurs when the first Full Moon of the Vedic New Year shines in the Chitra star. The full moon of Chitra in Libra is the Moon that balances karma. The Chitra star’s energy is one of abundance and renewal. Therefore, the moon, on this day is full of positive and creative energies which help to clear the negative karma that causes problems in wealth, health, and relationships. Spiritual awakening is facilitated on this day through meditation. This involves establishing a connection between the crown chakra and heart chakra in your subtle human body.

Rituals for Chitra Purnima

Prayers made on Chitra Purnima can connect you to the higher divine energy. Practising meditation and participating in sacred rituals on this day brings you closer to God. It enables you to receive divine blessings and earn forgiveness for your sins. When past karma is resolved, you feel rejuvenated and re-energized. Cleansed of negative energies, the blocks to happiness, good health and wealth will vanish. It is beneficial to feed the poor on this day.

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Mythology behind Chitra Purnima

On Chitra pournami day, one should worship Chitragupta, the divine accountant/bookkeeper and Lord Shiva with incense, camphor, and flowers. This day is believed to be the birthday of Chitragupta, the divine accountant and assistant of Lord Yama. Chitragupta’s duty is to keep vigil on Earth to record the good and bad deeds of human beings.

When a person dies, Chitragupta supposedly performs a thorough scrutiny of the dead person’s bad and good karmas. Then he sends the information to Lord Yama who takes the final decision regarding the destiny of the dead person’s soul. But on Chitra Purnima day, he is more easygoing and helps erase the sins of those who perform remedies to get rid of their karma.

Benefits of observing Chitra Purnima
  • Cleansing of your past negative karma
  • Liberation from negative energies
  • Fulfillment of wishes