Kartik Purnima Snan is considered as one of the holy dips as per Hindu Dharma. In 2017, Kartik Purnima Snan date is November 4. This year, Kartik Purnima has great significance as it falls on Thursday (Guruvar).
Kartik Purnima is the last day for Kartik Snan as per North Indian Hindi calendars followed in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Rajasthan, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.
A large number of devotees converge on the pilgrim towns of Allahabad, Varanasi and Ayodhya on Kartik Purnima for a holy dip in the Ganges and other rivers on Kartik Purnima, considered auspicious by Hindus to worship Lord Shiva.
Religious activities along the banks of the Ganges in Allahabad and Varanasi, and the Saryu river in Ayodhya town of Faizabad district in Uttar Pradesh, start early on Purnima day.
Ecstatic shouts of “Bam Bam Bhole” and “Jai Ganga Maiya” reverberate in the Sangam –holy confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna and the Saraswati rivers in Allahabad, some 200 km from Lucknow.
According to the devotees, the dip in holy rivers, particularly the Ganga, cleanses people of sins and helps them attain salvation. They also believe that on the auspicious day, gods descend on the earth and reside in sacred rivers and religious ponds.