From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Swami Harshananda
Citrāpurṇimā literally means ‘full-moon day of Caitra’.
The full-moon day in the month of Caitra (March-April) is sacred to Citragupta, the scribe of Yama. If the day happens to be a Thursday, Saturday or Sunday, it is considered even more auspicious. Special worship is offered to Citragupta on this day.
It is believed that the river Citrā was born on this day and Kāñcīpuram has a temple of Citragupta. In Tamil Nadu, people believe that bathing in the river is meritorious.
- ↑ Citrā rises from the Kuṭṭalam hills in the Tirunelvelly district on this day
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore