On the eve of Kartheek Pournami today, temples across the state are decorated with flowers. A large number of people are flocking to temples for taking holy dip in the rivers and then having glimpse of Lord Shiva.
Considered as the most liked day by Lord Shiva (the destroyer), Kartheek Pournami is dedicated to him. Kartheek Pournami is also called Deva Diwali (the festival of lights of Gods). On this full moon day, people who practice Sanatana Dharma (law of universe), visit temples early in the morning and perform abhishekas to Lord Shiva. Some even perform Satyanarayana Swamy Wratham on this auspicious day. It has been believed that Gods, on this day, come down to earth and reside in the sacred rivers. Therefore, a holy dip in sacred rivers on this day is considered as meritorious.
Legend: The legend has it that a demon named Tripurasura created three cities in space after he conquered heavens. Lord Shiva was then believed to have destroyed these three cities and demons with single arrow. Further, Karthik Purnami was considered as the birth of first reincarnation (Matsya Avatar) of Lord Vishnu).