Chithirai Pournami 2016 – Chitra Purnima – Full moon day in Tamil Month Chitirai in 2016

Chitra Pournami, or Chithirai Poornima, is Tamil ritual observed on the full moon day in the month of Chitirai (April – May). In 2016, the date of Chitirai Pournami is April 22. The Pournami begins at 8:20 AM on April 21 and ends at 10:53 AM on April 22 (Indian Standard Time). Chithirai Pournami is dedicated to Chitragupta, the keeper of deeds in the house of Yama, the Hindu god of death and to Indira, the leader of the Devas.

People perform holy bath in rivers and sacred ponds on to wash sins away.

Special pujas are offered at important temples in Tamil Nadu on the day. Devendra Puja or Indra Puja is held on the day at Madurai Meenakshi Temple.