Devi through painting(Chithira Puthiran) and later he entered into Gomatha Kamadenu and
born on Chitra Pournami and got the name Chitragupta.
examines the good and bad deeds(Karma) of every person. When a person dies, his
soul first reaches Lord Yama, where Chitragupta
tallies the deeds and report it to Yama. Special worship is done in Honour of
Lord Chitragupta – the Divine Accountant – who keeps an account of our karmas
and appeals for forgiveness for our shortcomings are raised on this day.
poojas will be performed in temples and people take bath in holy rivers/temple
ponds and pray to wash their sins. There
is a Chitragupta Temple at Kancheepuram and it is the only temple inSouth India
Once there was a heated argument
between Lord Indra and his guru Brahaspati and Lord Indra failed to respect his
Guru and started committing sins. He
advised Indra for a pilgrimage to the earth to lessen the burden of sins.
During the pilgrimage, Indra realized that he had been redeemed from the sins.
He found a Shiva lingam under a Kadamba tree and believed that Lord Shiva had
helped him in relieving his sins.
worshipping him. He worshipped Lord Shiva with a golden lotus which he found
from a nearby pond. This was believed to have happened on a Chitra Pournami day
at Madurai in South India. Devendra pooja or Indra Pooja is held during Chitra
Pournami festival in Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, commemorating the event.
females though even males can do the pooja. After taking holy bath in the
morning, women should clean the entrance of house and put maakolam depicting chitragupta
with paper and pen or we can put padi kolam(Ezhakolam) with the south side open as a mark of
entrance to Lord Chitragupta.
make these items available before we start with the pooja. Paper, pencil, navadhanyam, rice, dhal. We need to prepare
Sakaraipongal as neivedhyam or we can also prepare moong dal Payasam using buffalo
milk instead of cow’s milk as Chitragupta was born out of kamadenu.
consider our good deeds and to ignore our bad deeds. We can find Chitragupta
Pooja book in book shops and we can chant the slokas given in there.
milk-products on that day since he came out from Kamadhenu. (It is preferrable
to take buffalo milk if available). Then after finishing usual pooja and
naivedhya, we have to donate rice, vegetables, dhal and dakshina in a
“MURAM” to Brahmins. It is a customary to eat curd rice without salt
on this day and to fast without eating anything else. In any case avoiding salt
in food items throughout the day is recommended on this day, if possible.