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Karthika Purnima

Karthika Purnima 2024, 2025 and 2026

On the full moon day of the Hindu month of Karthika, people in Odisha and Telengana observe a public holiday to celebrate Karthika Purnima.

202415 NovFriKarthika Purnima OR & TG
20255 NovWedKarthika Purnima OR & TG
202624 NovTueKarthika Purnima OR & TG
202714 NovSunKarthika Purnima OR & TG
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The holiday is also referred to as “Deva Diwali” and various other local names in different parts of India. Hindus consider Karthika Purnima to be especially important because it’s the sole day of the year that is specifically dedicated to the worship of both Shiva and Vishnu.

Legend has it that Vishnu was incarnated to become Matsya on this day and that this was the first of his 10 incarnations in different forms. And there are many other legends of both Shiva and Vishnu associated with Karthika Purnima, which may well be read and remembered by Hindu devotees on this day.

Many Hindus go to a temple of Shiva or Vishnu or both on Karthika Purnima. Sometimes, they light wicks on miniature rafts made of banana stems and float them on a river. Others may fast and pray all day long, while still others give an idol of Shiva a milk-and-honey bath. The total list of rituals is very long and complex.

Previous Years

202327 NovMonKarthika Purnima OR & TG
20228 NovTueKarthika Purnima OR & TG