Enjoy Floating of Toy Boats on Kartik Purnima
If you are in Odisha this Katrik Purnima to be celebrated on November 6, 2014, just get up early in the morning and reach nearby water body. You will enjoy the scene of women in large numbers floating toy boats remembering maritime past of the state.
Tiny boats made out of cork and coloured paper or from the bark of the banyan tree are being floated with religious fervor while remembering the past glory when ancient traders from Odisha called Sadhabas embarked on sea voyage to places such as Bali, Java and Sumitra in South East Asia. While male members were going oversees for trade women then were doing ‘Boita Bandana’ wishing success and safety.
This is the specific time that holy occasion considered auspicious by the Sadhabas to begin their voyage in vessels called Boitas. The scientific cause of starting voyage on Kartik Purnima is to take benefit of the wind blowing during this time of the year that facilitates faster movement of the boats.
In Odisha people throng to the water bodies in early morning hours and float miniature boats in the water with ‘burning diyas’ saying “aa ka ma boi, pana gua thoi, pana gua tora, masaka dharama mora“.
If you are in Bhubaneswar prefer to go to Lord Lingaraj abode and enjoy your morning in Bindusagar. In Cuttack you will enjoy the moment in banks of Mahanadi and Kathjodi with prominent among them is Gadagadiaghat near the Barabati Forte. Puri beach or any prominent water body across Odisha you could see similar scene.
In Cuttack the famous ‘Bali Jatra’ starts from this and continues for 5 to 7 days. The festival is also celebrated with great fanfare in port town of Paradeep and many other places. Bali Yatra bears testimony to the rich maritime legacy of ancient Odisha.
At many places in Odisha, huge idols of Lord Kartikeshwar are built and worshipped during the month of Kartik. Later, the idols are taken out in a procession and immersed in rivers.
For Hindus across the globe, the month of ‘Kartik’ is considered as the most sacred among the twelve months of the year. In Odisha during the month of Kartik generally people avoid taking non-vegetarian food. During the last five days called ‘Panchuka’ –considered as the most sacred, the women draw beautiful floral designs around the ‘chaura’ (a small temple like structure with a ‘Tulsi’ plant overhead) early in the morning.
Kartika Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day or the fifteenth lunar day of Kartik. This day marks the end of Kartik month. The occasion is also known as ‘Tripuri Purnima’, or ‘Deva Deepavali’-the festival of Lights of the Gods.
Besides Odisha, Kartik Purnima carries great significance in other parts of India too. A ritual bath in the Pushkar Lake on this occasion is considered to lead one to salvation. About 200,000 people and 25,000 camels assemble in Pushkar fair which is Asia’s largest camel fair.
‘Deva Deepawali’ is celebrated on the occasion of Kartik Purnima. On this occasion the Ghats of Varanasi come alive with thousands of diyas (earthen lamps). It is believed that on this day the Gods descend on earth. Kartik Purnima Mela on the banks of Ganga River at Garh Mukteshwar attracts more than a million devotees. It is believed that bathing at the Garh Mukteshwar Bridge Ghat in Uttar Pradesh has been taking place for more than 5000 years.
Kartik Purnima is not only an important religious day for Hindus it holds the same significance for Jains who celebrate it by visiting Palitana-one of the most famous Jain pilgrimage centres. Thousands of Jain pilgrims flock to the foothills of Shatrunjay hills to undertake the auspicious yatra also known as the “Shri Shantrunjsy Teerth Yatra”.
Kartik Purnima is also important for performing ‘Tulsi Vishnu Vivah’. Chanting of Holy names of Lord Vishnu on thus day is considered very auspicious. The pristine beauty of the moonlit night of Kartik Purnima makes this evening an unforgettable for one and all.