Chitra Pournami is an indian festival celebrated by Hindus. It is observed on the day of the Full Moon in the month of Chithirai or Chaitra, corresponding in the Gregorian calendar to a day in april or May. The festival is dedicated to god Chitragupta, a hindu deity who is believed to record the good and bad deeds done by men for Yama, the hindu god of the underworld. On this day, devotees ask Chitragupta to forgive their sins. On the festival day, many devotees bathe in rivers or other water bodies to symbolise their sins being washed away. This is especially popular at the river Chitra in the district of Tirunelveli in Tamilnadu, India.
In Kerala city Thiruvananthapuram there is an old temple of Chitra pournami Valiya Thottam Bhagavathi at Pachalloor en-route Kovalam. Here for the last 200 years this festival is being celebrated . The temple belongs to Melanganathil Veedu -Valiya Thottam Tharavadu of the region, which possessed almost all this region and its people. This is a Devi temple Dedicated to Shakti or Bhagavathi.
A full moon is considered auspicious in many religions because of its effects on the attitude of people. Full moon is said to promote creativity and positive sentiments. Sentiments are said to ride on higher waves of consciousness leading to abundance of positive energy and higher consciousness.