• Chitra/ Chitta Pournami Day” falls on the full moon day in the month of Chaitra Maasa. The day is dedicated to Chitragupta, the Accountant of Yamadharmaraja.
    • This day is considered as Chitragupta’ s Birthday. Chitragupta, the first assistant of Lord Yama, is the one who keeps record of the good and bad deeds of human beings on earth. After death, when one reaches Yamadharmaraja, it is Chitragupta who gives the final result after tallying the good and bad deeds and declares it to Yama. Therefore, the day is dedicated to Chitragupta and devotees pray to him to forgive their sins.
  • Chaitra Pournami if Chitta Nakshatra also falls,– Chitranna & Mosaranna Daana vishesha
  • Chitragupta was born from the body of  Chaturmukha Brahma devaru. He is always depicted as carrying a pen and inkpot. Since he was born from the body of Lord Brahma, he was known as Kayastha and in earth he was known as Chitragupta. He keeps the records of good and bad deeds performed by people and informs about it to Yamraj when a person dies and reaches the Yamloka.

  • Chitragupta Temples –

  • There is one temple in South India for Chitragupta at Kancheepuram.
  • There is one more temple for Chitragupta in Delhi located in Paharganj near behind Ramakrishna Ashram.   The road itself is named after him as Chitragupta Road.
  • There is one more temple ( sannidhana) in Chidaambaram Nataraja Temple.
  • It is near the North Gopura where there is a tank called sivaganga theertha and by that side there is a sannidhana for Muruga ( skanda) . In that temple there are several sclptures to study  the Bharathanatyam.  Here there is a sannidhana  for Chitragupta

(Extracted from various sources)

Updated: April 5, 2012 — 2:44 pm
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