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Kartik Purnima

Kartik Purnima  or Kartik Poornima is an important religious day for Jains and celebrated on the full moon day or the fifteenth lunar day of Kartik This year Kartik Purnima being celebrated on November 17, 2013. The Kartik Purnima festival also coincides with the Sikh festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti. Kartik Purnima is also a holy day in Hinduism and also called as Tripuri poornima or Tripurari Poornima.

The day of Kartik Poornima holds significance in Jain religion and devotees are kept away from worshipping their lord for four months of monsoon and hence the first day attracts the maximum number of devotees. According to Jainism , Lord Adinath (श्रीआदिनाथ), the first tirthankara , sanctified the hills by visiting it to deliver his first sermon. According to Jain texts ,millions of sadhus and sadhvis have attained salvation on these hills.

Kartik Purnima  also assumes significance for the walk to the hills temples. On the day of Kartik Poornima Jain pilgrims flock to the foothills of Shatrunjay hills of Palitana Jain Temples in Gujarat to undertake the auspicious yatra, known as the Shri Shantrunjay Teerth Yatra. This Yatra is an important religious event in the life of a Jain devotee, who cover 216 km of rough mountainous terrain by foot to worship the Lord Adinath temple atop the Shantrunjay hill.

   Palitana temples

     Palitana Jain Temples

   Kartik Poornima in Kolkata

On the day of Kartik Poornima Lord Parasvanath procession or Rathyatra held each year in Kolkata. Taking the resplendent image of the Lord in a procession, in a ;chariot along the main roads of the city so that all people might have a darshan of the Bhagawan's radiant face. The procession starts from Bada Mandir and ends at Parasnath Mandir  Belgachia, KOLKATA

      Lord  Parasvanath procession or Rathyatra in Kolkata

   Lord Parasvanath procession or Rathyatra in Kolkata


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