Chithirai Pournami is the Full Moon day in Chithirai Masam in Tamil Calendar. In 2015, Chithirai Pournami date is May 3. Paurnami begins at 7.59 AM on May 3 and ends at 9.11 AM on May 4th.
It is a very auspicious day as per Tamil Panjangam. In many temples like Madurai Meenakshi Temple, Thiruvannamalai Arunachala Temple, Chidambaram Natarajar Swamy Temple, etc.. grand rituals and pujas are observed.
In Madurai Meenakshi Temple, Chithirai festival is held during Pournami day. On this day, ‘Sri Kallazhagar or Kallalagar Vaigai Aatril Ezhuntharural’ is performed.
Chitra Pournami Girivalam at Thiruvannamalai temple is an auspicious event. More than a million devotees visit the temple and perform Girivalam on Chithra Purnima.
In 2015, Chithirai Pournami coincides with Vaishakha Purnima in other Hindu calendars followed in North India, Guajrat, Maharashtra, Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh. As per Kerala Malayalam Calendar, it is Meda Maasa Paurnami. And in Bengali Panjika, it is Baisakh Pournami.
Panchangam, Chithirai Pournami – 3 May 2015
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 05:56 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 18:51
Chandrodayam (Moonrise) 18:18 Chandrastama (Moonset) 00:00
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Chaturdashi – 07:59
Nakshatra Chitra – 08:44
Yoga Siddhi – 23:47
Karana Vishti – 20:39
Purnimanta Month Vaisaakha
Amavasyanta Month Vaisaakha
Shaka Samvatsara: Manmadha
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Kilaka
Rahu Kalam: 17:14 – 18:51
Gulika Kalam: 15:37 – 17:14
Yama Gandam: 12:23 – 14:00
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Mesha
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Tula
Amrita Kalam 25:04* – 26:47*
Abhijit: 11:58 – 12:49
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 14:45 – 16:28
Durmuhurthams: 17:08 – 17:59
Chitra Pournami is an Indian festival celebrated by Hindus throughout India.
It is observed on the day of the full moon in the month of Chithirai which falls on April or May. The festival is dedicated to Lord Chitragupta, a divine accountant, who is recording the good and bad deeds done by the people and reporting their life accounts to his master Lord Yama, the death god. Chitragupta would forgive the sins of his sincere devotees, and puja is performed on Chitra Pournami by his devotees. On the Chitra Pournami festival day, many devotees would observe fasting and bath in the holy rivers in order to cleanse their sins.
In Thiruvananthapuram, in the temple of Bhagavathi at Pachalloor, grand puja is done during Chitra Pournami. Chitragupta temple is also situated in Kanchipuram, and Lord Chitragupta is found in a separate shrine in the Annamalaiyar temple.
Let us worship Lord Chitragupta and be blessed.
“OM SRI CHITRA GUPTAYA NAMAHA”