A full moon in the Tamil month of Chitra (month of April and May), and an exalted Sun in the sign Aries mark the day of Chitra Poornima. In 2016, the full moon night occurs on 21st April. Again, the full moon is aligned in the most brightly shining Chitra star in the Libra constellation. This magnifies Moon’s brilliance on the day.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.