Full Moon day - what makes this fullmoon day special in cities across tamilnadu ??
The Chitra Pournami festival is celebrated in the Thanjavur and Nagapattinam districts of Tamil Nadu. This festival is celebrated on the Chitra Pournami or full moon day in April, the month of Chittirai of the Tamil year. This festival is celebrated to welcome the spring season. On this day, the people make special offerings to please Chitragupta. According to Hindu mythology, Chitragupta, the chief accountant of Lord Yama or the God of Death, keeps a record of all the good and bad deeds of men. On the full moon day, the images of gods and goddesses from the temples in and around Madurai are taken to the bed of the river Vaigai, in colourful processions accompanied by the hundreds and thousands of people and musicians. It is delightful to watch the full moon shining on this day. This festival also marks the marriage of Meenakshi with Lord Shiva. Special puja is arranged at all the temples and people gather in large numbers to offer their prayers.