Chitragupta Puja/Yama Dwitiya is celebrated after a day of Diwali festival on the second day of Shukla Paksha in Kartik month according to the hindu calendar. It is celebrated by the Kayastha caste of India and Nepal. This year it falls on 21 October 2017 on Saturday. Devotees believe that Chitragupta Maharaj keeps all track of humans and they decide heaven or hell after death for them according to their karma. Devotees do puja of Chitragupta Maharaj and Lord Yama to get absolution from all the sins and blessed with heaven. They also observe fast and chant during the day of Chitragupta Puja.
Chitragupta Puja Vrat Katha
There was a king named Saudas who was always injustice in their decisions. One day he was wandering in his kingdom and he saw a Brahmin who was worshipping. He asked Brahmin to whom he was worshipping, brahmin replied that I am worshipping Lord Yama(god of death) and Chitragupta to get nullifies sins. Saudas also followed the same rituals after hearing his wordings. Later when he died and Lord Yama came and took Saudas with him. Chitragupta examined and inform Yama that this king has been sinful in his whole life but he has performed Yama’s and Chitragupta’s puja with full devotion and rituals. Thus by performing this puja only for one day, he was absolved of all his sins and he got heaven instead of hell.
Chitragupta Puja Mantra
Masibhajan sanyuktacharsi twam mahitale, Lekhi katni hasta chitragupta namostute.
Chitragupta namostubhyam lekhashardayakam, kayastha jatimasadaya chitragupta namostute
Muhurat for Chitragupta Puja
Abhijit Muhurat – 11:48 AM to 12:34 PM on 21 October
Amrit Kaal – 02:49 AM to 04:33 AM on 22 October