The full moon day on tamil calendar month “Chitra” is observed as Chitra Pournami. It is a special occasion for Chitragupta who is the assistant of Lord Yama, the God of Death. This auspicious day is also dedicated to Lord Indra, the God of Devas. Chithra pournami is famous for Meenakshi amman and Kallazhagar also. It is mentioned in our religious books that those who observe fast on this day would be relieved of death fear(Yama Bayam Neengum)
Chitragupta was born to Parvathi Devi through painting(Chithira Puthiran) and later he entered into Gomatha Kamadenu and born on Chitra Pournami and got the name Chitragupta.
Story behind Lord Indra:
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.
Following this, he started 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.
How should we celebrate this auspicious day?
Mantra to worship Chitragupta:
Neivedhyam Recipes for Chitra Pournami