Chitragupta Puja coincides with Bhai Dooj, Bhai Beej, Bhai Phota and Bhai Teeka. Chitragupta Puja is also known as Kalam-Dawaat Puja. This festival marks the end of the 5 days long Diwali festival. As per Hindu Mythology, Chitragupta Maharaj keeps a record of all good and evil deeds of humans and accordingly decides hell or heaven for the person. As Chitragupta is the God that keeps tracks of all the good and evil deeds of humans, people worship him on this day so that they can please him and get absolution from all the sins and therefore pave a way to heaven. This puja is primarily celebrated by Kayasthas community.

Chitragupta Puja Katha: Once upon a time, there was a tyrant king named Saudas. The king was unjust and full of evil. The king had no good deeds under his name. One day the king was taking a round of his kingdom when he saw a Bhamhin offering Puja to a deity. Seeing the puja the king became curious and asked the Brahmin what was he doing. The Brahmin replied that it was the lunar day of Shukla Paksha in the Vikram Samvat calendar month of Kartik and he was worshipping ‘Yamraj’ the God of death and his bookkeeper Chitragupta.

The Brahmin also told the king that this puja is supposed to people worship him on this day so that they can please him and get absolution from all the sins and therefore pave a way to heaven. The cruel king was moved by the words of the Brahmin and followed the Brahmin and offered the prayers to Yamraj and Chitragupta with full devotion and performed puja with all the rituals.

When the king died he was taken to Yamraj by a Yamdoot where his books were examined. While examining the books it was found that the king’s deeds were full of evil and he was a tyrant. However, Chitragupta informed Yamraj that the king’s deeds were evil but he had performed Yama’s and Chitragupta’s puja with full devotion and rituals and therefore cannot be sent to hell and his place was in heaven. Thus the was absolved of all his sins for performing this puja for only one day.

Perform this Puja at the below-mentioned time to ‘book’ yourself a berth in heaven: The ‘Abhijit Muhurat’ of the Puja is between 11:48 am to 1 pm on Saturday, whereas Amrit Kaal is between 02:49 am to 04:33 am on 22 October 2017. 

Clean the place of worship after taking bath in the morning. Offer a flower necklace and flowers to the idol or photo of Lord Chitragupta. Pray to the Hindu deity to forgive your sins and grant you heaven after death. Write the name of five Hindu Gods on a white piece of paper and offer it to Lord Chitragupta. On the same piece of paper write the incomes and expenditure of the previous year and offer them to the deity and ask him for additional money for a smooth financial year ahead. Recite the below-mentioned shloka at the end of the process. 

Chitragupta Puja Shloka:

मसीभाजन संयुक्तश्चरसि त्वम् ! महीतले .
लेखनी कटिनीहस्त चित्रगुप्त नमोस्तुते ..
चित्रगुप्त ! मस्तुभ्यं लेखकाक्षरदायकं .
कायस्थजातिमासाद्य चित्रगुप्त ! नामोअस्तुते