Chaitra Purnima- the first Purnima of the year commemorates Hanuman Jayanti, the anniversary of Lord Hanuman’s birth. People also celebrate this Purnima as the birth anniversary of Chitragupta, a Hindu lord who is said to keep track of people’s good and bad deeds for Yamraj, the God of Death.
It is believed that we must reflect on our actions and words during Chaitra Purnima and forget and forgive. Devotees perform puja and fast on this day to seek the blessings of God to live a better moral life and to pray for the forgiveness of their past faults.
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What is Chaitra Purnima?
Chaitra, when the Sun is exalted in the sign of Aries, and the Moon is lined with the star Chaitra in the constellation of Libra, is called a Chaitra Purnima. A full moon is a favourable moment for manifestation and creation. The elevated Sun in Aries enlivens the soul and gives us the strength to make good “karmic” decisions that determine the course of this life and the life to come.
Chaitra Purnima is a holy day to Chitragupta, the Keeper of Deeds. According to ancestors’ wisdom, Chitragupta proclaims to Lord Yama the outcome of our good karma v/s our negative karma. Chitragupta was made by Lord Brahma using the Sun God. He is Lord Yama’s younger brother. It is lucky to receive Chitragupta’s blessings during full moon days. All of the sins are washed away, and it aids in gaining virtue for the afterlife.
Hanuman Jayanti, the day on which Hanuman ji was born on earth, coincides with Chaitra Purnima.
Chaitra Purnima Date 2023
In 2023 Chaitra Purnima falls on 5 April, Wednesday.
- Purnima Tithi Starts – 09:19 AM on 05-Apr-2023
- Purnima Tithi Ends – at 10:04 AM on 06-Apr-2023
Significance of Chaitra Purnima
- Chaitra Purnima is the first Purnima after the start of the Hindu New Year.
- As per Hindus, those who keep a fast and pray to God Moon and Lord Vishnu get many blessings for the future and afterlife.
- One is forgiven of all his sins on this day by doing charity and helping the needy.
- It is thought that bathing in the holy river on this day is very fortunate.
- Doing deepdaan on Chaitra Purnima is auspicious. Many deepaks are lit and placed in sacred waterways on this day, granting all the wishes. Furthermore, diyas are lit in homes and temples.
- Hindus place great importance on Chaitra Purnima as it is a time to make amends for our actions and words and eliminate evil deeds.
What Are The Rituals of Chaitra Purnima?
On the night before Chitra Pournami, we clean the lamps and keep the thread, kumkum dots, and turmeric to prepare for the following day.
In front of the pooja room and at the entrance, we draw maakolam (A type of Rangoli). Draw kolams in the entrance and pooja room. Draw the foot of Chitragupta, an umbrella, a hand fan, a stick, the feet of a bull, a horse, and a flag. Just like you would place Lord Krishna’s feet for Gokulashtami/Krishna Jayanthi, you should draw it from the entry to the pooja chamber.
- Winnowing basket
- New mud pot
- Any nine grains: Yellow moong dal, unhusked rice, Masoor dal, Green moong dal, Toor dal, Urad dal, Ragi, Rajma, Peas, Black-eyed peas, Wheat.
- Draw maakolam with raw rice or rice flour.
- Indian Hand Fan with Raw Mango
- one coconut
- Lamp, candle, oil or ghee, incense stick, matchbox, dhoop, and camphor from One Paper, One Pen
- Banana, one coconut, one betel leaf, and a nut.
Chaitra Purnima Katha
It is believed that people who do Shri Satyanarayan’s fast and listen to Katha on Purnima would receive the blessings of happiness, prosperity, and fulfillment of their wishes from Shri Satyanarayan. By doing Satyanarayan Puja on this day, devotees seek the blessings of God. The Satya Narayan Katha is conducted and recited on this day. Some people also perform Yagna for the blessings of God.
- The following morning, take a head bath and prepare the dishes for neivedyam.
- Put all the neivedyam meals on plates and in mud pots.
- Light the lamp and maintain the neivedyam in front of God at an auspicious time.
- Avert Yama Kandam and Rahu Kalam. Place the handwritten paper, pen, and winnowing basket containing 9 grains.
- Keep nuts, a banana, betel leaves, and a coconut in a dish. Bowls with the panakam and neer mor. White Pongal with a sweet on a plate.
- Display the dhoop, mangala, and deep. Complete the pooja.
- Read Chitragupta’s story and recite some sloka.
Details about Chaitra Purnima Fast
- People rise early on this auspicious Chaitra Purnima day and take a ritual bath before dawn. After taking the holy plunge, the devotees pray and worship Lord Vishnu and Hanuman.
- Devotees who follow a “Satyanarayana” fast are required to recite the “Satyanarayana Katha.” On Chaitra Purnima, people engage in different charitable endeavours and donations. By engaging in benevolent deeds and giving to charitable causes on this day, sins, both present and past, are forgiven.
- It is auspicious to read Ramayana and the Bhagavad Gita on Chaitra Purnima. Because Hanuman Jayanti is also observed on Chaitra Purnima, people chant the Hanuman Chalisa or conduct Hanuman Chalisa Path.
Details about Chandrama Puja
On the day of Chaitra Purnima, Chandrama Puja is beneficial. The moon is fully visible on the day of Purnima. Chandrama Pujan is performed on this day per religious texts and beliefs to bring luck and pleasure. The Moon’s illumination of the Earth on this day is comparable to Amrit, which everyone should eat. On this day, the moonlight is at its brightest. Mantra Siddhi and special rituals are thought to be best performed during Purnima Tithi. The Moon should be worshipped on Purnima Tithi to improve mental health and focus. A concoction of water, raw milk, and sugar is prepared and served to Chandra Dev on the eve of Chaitra Purnima.
While offering water, the mantra “Om Som Somaya Namah” should be chanted. You should also recite Chandrama Aarti and mantras during the Puja in addition to this. Moonlight is the proper time to practice meditation. On this day, people who are having issues with the Moon or kids who are having trouble focusing should pay special homage to Chandra Dev. Kheer should be given to the Moon as Bhog before being shared with the underprivileged.
Chaitra Purnima is celebrated for different reasons in different areas. Some people celebrate it as Hanuman Jayanti, some celebrate it as the birth anniversary of the Chitra Gupt, and some people do the Satyanaryan Katha on this day. In all, this day is very auspicious for Hindus for one or the other reason.
If you’re also planning to celebrate Chaitra Purnima in one of the listed ways, you could book a pandit from SmartPuja for the puja ceremony. Our pandits perform puja with all devotion and proper rituals. We provide a smooth and peaceful puja experience. Our pandits will carry all the essential samagri for the puja ceremony and will provide a checklist of household items.
Frequently Asked Questions
On Chitra Purnima, one must provide food for the needy or those in need. On this day, you could donate clothes, rice, and vegetables.
Chaitra Purnima is the first Purnima; in Hinduism, all Purnima Tithis are auspicious.
Devotees bathe in the holy water to wash away their sins and collect virtue.