Saturday, 2 July 2011

Dev Diwali - Kartik Poonam

Dev Diwali, or Dev Deepavali, as the name indicates is the Diwali celebration of the Devas (Demi Gods). It is believed that Lord Vishnu returned to Vaikunta, his abode on this day after the Vamana incarnation and visiting King Bali. Another legend has it that Lord Shiva killed the three demons, who were killing the Devas and humans, and destroyed the three cities built by them on this day. In 2010, the date of Dev Diwali is November 21. The day is also known as Kartik poonam or Karthik Purnima and Tripurari Poornima.

Dev Diwali is observed on the full moon day in the month of Kartik in traditional Hindu calendar and is a major event in Gujarat and other parts of North India. Tulsi Puja or Tulsi Vivah is a major event on Dev Diwali day for some communities. The famous Akashadeep festival in Varanasi Ghats also comes to an end on the day. The day also marks the end of the Chatur Maas period.

Dev Diwali marks the end of the fortnight of Diwali celebrations and a major event on the day is the lighting of Diyas (lamps) during night after the moon is sighted.

Chaumasi Chaudas program on Sunday November 1, 2009 is as follows. Also, this marks the Janma Jayanti of Param Krupalu Dev Shrimad Rajchandra. In his honor, we will also have Bhakti Bhavna on Sunday - November 1, 2009 in Aradhna Hall at Jain Center from 8:00 PM-10:00 PM. This bhakti has been scheduled a day ahead of Kartiki punam in order to avoid any conflict with the regular swadhyay schedule.

2:30 PM Dev Vandan 6:00 PM Adesh for pratikaman Sutras 6:30 PM Pratikaman Starts 8:00 PM Bhakti Bhavana for Shrimad Rajchandraji Dev.

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Following are the outline of the Bhakti. 1. Navkar Mantra 2. Dev Vandan 3. Manglacharan 4. Kartiki Purnima nu Mahatmya 5. Bhakti Pads by Mumukshus 6. Kshamapna 7. Aarti 8. Mangal Divo 9. Aho Aho Shri Sadguru 10. He Param Krupalu Dev

Significance of Kartik Poonam:

Kartiki Poonam night is considered as the brightest full moon night in the whole year as the rainy season is supposed to end and the night sky is all clear. This is a day to resolve to free oneself of base instincts.

In the rainy / monsoon seasons, all Acharya Bhagwants, Munis, etc stay at one place and do not travel for four months. This starts from Ashadh Sud Chaturdashi and ends on Kartik Sud Poonam. After Kartik Poonam, their Vihar will start and they move around to reveal the truth of religion, Ahinsa, Compassion, etc. As a result, Kartiki Poonam has a big significance for all Jains.

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