When the Sun is present in the zodiac sign of Aries, it announces the beginning of a Vedic New Year. When the first Full Moon of the Vedic New Year shines in the Chitra star, it is called Chitra Pournami or Chitra Purnima.
Importance of Chitra Purnima
The Full Moon of Chitra in the zodiac sign of Libra is the Moon of “Balancing Karma”. To this energy, Chitra star adds energies of “Abundance” and “Regeneration”. Therefore, the Moon, shining on Earth on this day overflows with positive and creative energies — the energies that are effective in clearing the negative karma that restricts you from enjoying wealth, health, and relationships. You can also experience spiritual awakening on this day through meditation -— especially, the mediation practice that involves establishing a connection between the crown chakra and heart chakra in your subtle human body.
Rituals of Chitra Purnima
On Chitra Purnima, your prayers to the Divine can connect you to the higher divine energy. Practicing meditation and participating in sacred rituals on this day can take you closer to God, to seek blessings and to be forgiven. Therefore, when you pray to God for dissolving your past Karma, you would be rejuvenated and receive new energies in life. Cleansed of negative energies, the hurdles in your way that are preventing you from fulfilling your desires will get cleared.
Worshipping Chitragupta, the divine accountant/bookkeeper and Lord Shiva on this day with incense, camphor, flowers is considered very auspicious. Feeding the poor and needy can also bestow their divine blessings upon you.
Mythological Importance of Chitra Pournami
Chitra Purnima is considered as the birthday of Chitragupta, the divine accountant. Lord Brahma created him through the Sun God. He is considered to be the younger brother of Yama, the God of Death, as well as his assistant. Chitragupta is believed to keep vigil on Earth to record the good and bad deeds of human beings. It is also believed that when a person dies, Chitragupta immediately makes a thorough check of the list of bad and good karmas of the person. He then passes the message to Lord Yama for taking the final decision on destiny of the soul of the person.
On this day, he turns liberal and can help to 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