Today,the 19th is The Full moon Day of Chaitra month that is Chitra poornima. International Accounting Day or International Accountant’s Day is celebrated all around the world every year to give recognition to accountants who do highly challenging and stressful job that very few people want to do.In most parts of the world, November 10 is considered as an official International Accounting Day. Since most of the businesses are global,the accountants have to deal with day to day challenges like improving transparency,accountability,governance,harmonization etc etc, it is in the fitness of things to have a celebration for accountants. While celebrations of these days are of very recent origin, we have been celebrating this Accountant's Day in India for ages, that is on Chaitra Paurnami Day, to fall this year on 19th Apr. According to the vedic scriptures, the souls of men after death receive rewards and punishments according to their sins and virtues, and hence it is believed that good and bad deeds of men are not destroyed. The souls of men after death , with imprints of good and bad deeds go to Yamapuri where such records are maintained by the efficient Accountant Chithra Guptha.. Chithra Guptha aliasChittira Puttiranaar, is the Master Record Keeper of our sins and gains. The legend goes that Chitra Guptha was created out of sheer necessity by Brahma, who also created the three worlds. Brahma handed over the legions of the dead to Yama Dharma Raja, as also the tedious task of punishing or rewarding the souls of people, based on their actions in life. Yama, as every beginner, took up the task with much enthusiasm, little realising the risks involved in his unenviable job. Times passed, and mistakes began to occur. He banished the innocent to hell and welcomed the rogues into heaven, and very soon, started receiving protests. Yama approached Brahma, who in turn advised him to approach Siva. Shiva gave a glance at Parvathi, who with the slightest of nods, took up a golden slate and with a chalk drew a handsome man, richly adorned with jewels and gems. Shiva leaned closer to Parvathi and bent down towards the slate. Gently, he blew away the chalk dust to clear up the picture. Lo and Behold, before them stood a man, the very replica of the picture on the slate. He held a stylus in one hand and a thick bundle of palm leaves in the other. Shiva had indeed blown the “Air of Life”, Praana Vaayu, into the picture and given him life. Shiva nodded at his own creation, and said, “My Son, since you were born out of a picture drawn by Shakthi and breathed to life by me, you will be henceforth called as Chitragupta (Chitra-Picture, Gupta- hidden). At the end of one’s life, it is based on Chitraguptha's records that Yama offers him the fruit of his actions. He was very rigorous and maintained a strict record of the doings of every human and god. Nothing escaped his sharp eye. In the process of maintaining these complicated records Chitragupta gave mankind one of the best gifts ever, the gift of a scripted language. Chitragupta is thought to be the person who introduced the very first scripts. As per another legend,Chitra Guptha was reborn to Kamadhenu and Indrani brought him up. As per destiny, Indrani was not destined to have a child. But the destiny was changed and Chitra guptha became their son, due to the grace of Lord Shiva. It is this birth of Chitragupta that is widely celebrated in Tamil Nadu on Chitra Pournami. We have many mythological stories to prove Chitraguptha is very accurate in maintaining papa-punya balance and arrive at the exact place,date and time of one's anthim yatra. On many occasions circumstances so happen that people in altogether different place are brought to the destined area even by genuine helpers, just to help the divine accountant without their knowledge.I have seen people changing the compartments only to face their end in an accident. A person who ,due to his penance knew his date of death pleaded to Brahma that his time may be extended for a few more years.Brahma took pity on the devotee and took him to Yama ,requested whether he could help. Yama said, that was the day of his death. However if could get hold of Chitraguptha in time ,perhaps he might help. There was an arrangement in the yamaloka. On the specified hour the file containing the details of the specific candidate would fall down the rack.Chitra guptha said that he would try, if possible, to transfer the file to a different place before falling down. The person, Brahma and Yama along with Chitra guptha hurriedly went to the record room,.Just as they entered the file of the person fell down and he also fell dead. On seeing the file it was noticed that death would occur when the four people, the person, along with Yama, Brahma and Chitra Guptha just enter the hall of yamaloka. It is stated to be so accurate that no one on earth will be able to change.Even miraculous escape from death is stated to have been recorded.Love, motherly affection etc may not be able to defer the decision. I do not know how Savitri was able to bring back Satyavan's life by a simple request of having a child and whether Chitra guptha had not been created during the period. Rabindranatha Tagore and many poets have sung the glories of death, of which man is afraid of. While Chitraguptha handles crores and crores of human beings born and to be born,we are yet to write the destiny of a few thousand tricksters who escape all checks and escape to foreign lands. O Chitraguptha, are you also destined to exempt a few people for keeping away from your purview? Do you need any special pooja by which no one escapes punishment for their misdeeds? Jayasala 42 The glory of Chitragupta pooja is extolled in Garuda Purana , where much detail is given to the job of Chitragupta and his possible judgements to the souls. In many houses this is celebrated on the first day of Chithirai month.Chitra Guptha is stated to enter the house through Kolam, Kalasha and then leave the house after blessing the inmates. an important part of the vratha. There are many temples for Chitra Guptha all over India. The temple of Chitragupta in Kanchi sees huge crowds on that day. It is one of the very few temples dedicated to Chitragupta in India and the only one in Tamil Nadu. Here Chitragupta gives darshan with his wife Karnaambikai. Also known as Karnaki, she bore him eight sons who are considered to be the forefathers of the Karuneegar community of Karnataka. In the sanctum, Chitragupta is in a standing posture with his book and a writing nail, a sign of ever watchfulness over everyone. On the day of Chitra Pournami, a grand wedding is held at the temple between Chitragupta and Karnaki. There appears to be a scientific reason as to why Chithra paurnami was chosen and not any other Full Moon Day. In the month of Chithirai, the Sun is in exalted position( uchcham) close to the earth and moon is aligned with the bright star' Chithira'in the constellation of LIBRA. Libra is the sign that seeks balance.Your mind is prepared to balance thoughts properly and you are empowered to make karmic choices by way of worshipping Chitra Gupta, the divine accountant. Whether all these stories appeal to reasoning or not, it is an undeniable fact some of our sufferings are beyond our comprehension and we feel some what relieved if someone takes the initiative of wiping of our sins automatically or by motivating us to do good things like charities to ward off the evils.All is well that ends well.