Chitra Pournami

The full moon in Chitra: A full moon is considered auspicious in many religions because of its effects on the attitude of people. Full moon is said to promote creativity and positive sentiments. Sentiments are said to ride on higher waves of consciousness leading to abundance of positive energy and higher consciousness.

An exalted Sun in Aries: The solar calendar begins with an exalted Sun in Aries, a favorable position in the sky that can provide the most benefic results to Earth. So it is a mighty Sun, fully empowered to bring about its good effects.

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The Day of Chitragupta: In Hinduism, Chitragupta is the assistant of lord Yama. He is the record keeper of good and bad deeds or karmas of human beings on earth. It is believed that when a person dies, Chitragupta immediately makes a thorough check of the list of bad and good karmas of the person and passes the message to Lord Yama for final decision on the soul of the person.

The name Chitra gupta also signifies the hidden (gupta) pictures (Chitra) of deeds of every human on earth. On this day, when the Sun and Moon create powerful energy around earth plane, the effect on humans are said to be profound. The concept of Chitragupta being vigil on the activities of humans on Earth is to tell humans on Earth not to commit any sin, especially on such an auspicious day. This will help in preserving goodness of mind and good will in the hearts of people by urging them to commit to good actions only.

Legend of Chitragupta: Once lord Indra and his teacher Brihaspati had an argument and Indra ignored his teacher’s advice. Thereafter, Brihaspati became reticent and refrained from advising Indra. Indra began to commit many mistakes. After his long absence, Brihaspati returned and asked Indra to make a pilgrimage to Earth to lessen the burden of his sins. After coming to Earth, he realized that he had been redeemed of his sins and thought Lord Shiva to have absolved him of bad karmas. Indra found a Shiva linga and began to pray with a golden lotus on the day of Chitra Pournami.

Worshipping Chitragupta: Special puja is arranged in temples on this day such as the Chitragupta temple in Kanchipuram, Airavateshwarar temple in Darasuram, Chandra Mouliswar temple in Thiruvakkarai and others.

When you pray to God for the purpose of dissolving your past sins with sincerity and devotion, your prayers will be answered. With your prayer to the higher energy, you also resolve not to commit acts which are considered as sins in our society. Thus your urge and willingness to cleanse your Karmas which stand as obstruction in your way for fulfillment of your desires take you closer to God, to seek blessings for being forgiven.

Ways to dissolve your karma: The essence of worship on this day is the sincere effort to liberate yourself from the clutches of negative energies.

Various ways to dissolve karma:

·         On this day, you can meditate on the story of Indra and his Guru Brihaspati.

·         Worship Shiva or Chitragupta with incense, camphor, flowers.

·         Feed the poor and the needy.

Special note

In 2016, Chitra Poornima falls on April 21st (IST).

Astrological Significance of Chitra Poornima 2016

On this day, the Moon is in the star Chitra, ruled by Mars. Chitra is one of the few asterisms represented by a single star and is one of the brightest stars in the sky. Superficially, Chitra means “artful.”

The Sanskrit word “Chitra” also means “illusory, visually exciting, or magical.” In keeping with its name, its symbol is a bright and shining jewel.

Chitra Poornima is the right day to initiate actions to create new wealth and new destiny for you. While the star lord Mars, positioned in his own sign, Scorpio, emphasizes the fructification of efforts, his sharing the sign with Saturn shows that you have to work meticulously with a deep sense of gratitude to the creator for receiving countless blessings so far. The Mars-Saturn combination in the 2nd House to the Moon helps you receive the spark of divine grace and takes you to higher level of spiritualism.

This star represents beauty and richness on one hand. On the other hand, it also compels us to delve into our own pleasure-seeking nature. All evils happen due to overindulgences in sensory pleasures.

Chitragupta, the assistant of Lord Yama, is the record keeper of good and bad deeds or karmas of human beings on Earth.

The concept of Chitragupta being vigil on the activities of humans on Earth is to tell humans on Earth not to commit any sin, especially on such an auspicious day. This will help in preserving goodness of mind and goodwill in the hearts of people by urging them to commit to good actions only, thus not getting our souls entrapped in the birth-and-death cycle, until the karma is exhausted.

Knowing the underlying philosophy of the star Chitra and being watchful of the intricate functioning of our minds, thoughts, and actions will evolve our conscious nature to higher levels.

The “Jewel” can thus be seen as the apex of man’s striving for beauty, perfection, and goodness in life. Chitra is also called the star of opportunity.

The prayers should be focused on attaining freedom from ambiguity, judgements, and discriminatory nature, because this is the perfect day to come out of your illusions and maya. This is the right day to chip away bad thoughts and karma and accumulate good ones by doing good deeds to deserving people.

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