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.
- Citrā rises from the Kuṭṭalam hills in the Tirunelvelly district on this day
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore