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Chitragupta Puja 2017: Date, Story and Significance

Chitragupta Puja 2017: Date, Story and Significance
Written by Shilpi Gupta

Chitragupta Puja is also known as Kalam-Dawaat Puja celebrated 1 day after Diwali festival. this festival coincides with Bhai Dooj/Bhau Beej/Bhai Phota/Bhai Teeka and falls on the second day of the lunar day of Shukla Paksha in the Kartik month of Hindu Calendar. Devotees believe that by doing Chitragupta puja, Chitragupta Maharaj keeps all good record of humans and they get absolution from all the sins and will be blessed and get heaven. According to Hindu Mythology Chitragupta Maharaj decides on heaven or hell for the person depending on their good or bad karma(work). this year Chitragupta puja is observed on 21 October. This festival is mainly celebrated by Kayastha caste in India and Nepal and also named as Yama Dwitiya.

Story and significance of Chitragupta Puja 

Lord Yama(god of death) often confused to send the souls of dead people to send them either heaven or hell then Lord Brahma ordered him to keep a record of everyone. So the Lord Brahma made a man Chitragupta from his body or Kaya who keep record or track of karma of every person. As he was born from kaya of Lord Brahma so he is known as Kayastha.

Chitragupta Puja is celebrated by Kayasthas and believe in learning, teaching, peace, knowledge, justice and literacy, the virtues depicted by Chitragupta Maharaj. Hindu people believe that by worshipping to Chitragupta Maharaja they can get absolution from their sins and they will get heavens after their death.

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Shilpi Gupta

Food Technologist by Profession and Blogger by Destiny. love to write articles on food technology, spirituality and social issues.