Kartik Purnima or Kartik Poornima is an important religious day for Jains and celebrated on the full moon day or the fifteenth lunar day of Kartik. The day of Kartik Poornima holds significance in Jain religion and devotees are kept away from worshipping their lord for four months of monsoon and hence the first day attracts the maximum number of devotees. According to Jainism , Lord Adinath (श्रीआदिनाथ), the first tirthankara , sanctified the hills by visiting it to deliver his first sermon. According to Jain texts ,millions of sadhus and sadhvis have attained salvation on these hills.
Kartik Purnima also assumes significance for the walk to the hills temples. On the day of Kartik Poornima Jain pilgrims flock to the foothills of Shatrunjay hills of Palitana Jain Temples in Gujarat to undertake the auspicious yatra, known as the Shri Shantrunjay Teerth Yatra. This Yatra is an important religious event in the life of a Jain devotee, who cover 216 km of rough mountainous terrain by foot to worship the Lord Adinath temple atop the Shantrunjay hill.
Kartik Purnima Vidhi:
The Kayotsarga of 21 Logassa
- 21 Khamasanas
- 21 Swastiks and
- 20 Navakarvalis with the Jap Pad of -
'Shri Shatrunjaya Tirthadhirajaya Namh'