Daawat Puja , also known as Chitragupta Puja is the ritual observed by some communities in North India during Diwali festival. It is celebrated two days after Diwali on the day of Bhai Dooj to commemorate the birthday of Chitragupta. In the year 2012, it is celebrated on November 15th 2012.
Chitragupta was born from the body of Lord Brahma and hence was known as Kayastha. He is believed to be the keeper of account books containing the good and bad deeds performed by human beings on earth. His job is to inform about these deeds to Yamraj when a person dies and reaches Yamlok. He is always depicted as carrying a pen and an inkpot.
The Kayastha community believes that they are descendents of Chitragupta and perform special pujas and rituals on the Chitragupta Puja Day. On this day, Chitragupta is worshipped with shodashopachar puja by the Kayastha community. This is also known as Daawat Puja (puja of the inkpot ) and is a big festival for the Kayastha caste.
On the day of Chitragupta Puja, the Kayasth people recongise the importance of good and bad in life. The significance is on social justice, peace and harmony in life. An idol of Chitragupta is worshipped and people offer sweets to the idol. People also worship the pens and papers on this day.