Margashirsha Purnima 2021: Know the Significance, Rituals, Date, And Time

Thu, Dec 16, 2021
Team Astroyogi   By Team Astroyogi
Thu, Dec 16, 2021
Team Astroyogi   By Team Astroyogi
Margashirsha Purnima 2021: Know the Significance, Rituals, Date, And Time

In Hinduism, the Purnima Tithi has special significance. The Purnima in the Margashirsha month is celebrated as Margashirsha Purnima. On this day, devotees keep a Vrat or fast. Read to know all about this occasion. 

The full moon holds enormous importance in the Hindu calendar. The full moon day of the Margashirsha month is of incredible significance and is widely celebrated as Margashirsha Purnima. Margashirsha is the ninth month as per the Hindu calendar. This particular occasion is also observed as Dattatreya Jayanti. In Hinduism, Lord Dattatreya is an avatar of the Trimurti, i.e., Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Mahesh.  

Let’s read on to know more. 

Margashirsha Purnima 2021 Date And Time

The Margashirsha Purnima 2021 will be observed on 19th December 2021 (Sunday), and the Margashirsha Purnima Vrat (fast) will be observed on 18th December 2021 (Saturday). 

Margashirsha Purnima (Begins) - 07:24 AM (18th December 2021)

Margashirsha Purnima (Ends) - 10:05 AM (19th December 2021)

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Margashirsha Purnima Significance: Find Out All About It!

According to the traditional Hindu calendar, the Margashirsha month is considered the month of charity, penance, and dedication, and doing all this can be incredibly fruitful for you. In the Puranas, this specific month is known as ‘Maasonam Margashirshoham,’ indicating that no month is more promising than the month of Margashirsha. This particular month is alluded to as the ‘Magsar,’ ‘Agrahayan,’ or ‘Agahan’ in the Hindu religious scriptures. 

On this pious occasion, it is considered auspicious to take a bath in the holy waters of a sacred water body or river at a religious pilgrimage site. This is why devotees perform ritualistic baths in sacred rivers at religious and spiritual sites like Haridwar, Prayagraj, Banaras, etc. Devotees also worship the divine Lord Vishnu with utmost reverence and zeal. Lord Vishnu is worshipped as ‘Narayana’ on this particular day. Moreover, the devotees also worship the Moon God as it is widely believed that the Moon was blessed with Amrit on this day.

The day is also considered apt for doing charity work as by performing charitable activities on this promising day, all your sins will be absolved. It is also commonly believed that on Margashirsha Purnima, if young girls take a holy dip in a sacred river like the Yamuna, they will get their desired life partner. 

Margashirsha Purnima Rituals You Should Know About 

Margashirsha Purnima Vrat (fast) is an integral part of the Margashirsha Purnima occasion. Devotees keep a day-long strict Vrat from sunrise to moonrise. It is believed that fasting on this specific day will grant all your desires or wishes. If the devotees worship this Vrat with complete faith and devotion, they will attain salvation in this birth. Worshipping Lord Vishnu also helps remove all obstacles and hurdles in your life and acquire success. Devotees also worship the Moon God and Sun God by offering them Arghya. 

On Margashirsha Purnima, devotees wake up early in the morning and perform the ceremonious bath. It is believed that taking a sacred dip in the River Ganga can be very beneficial for the devotees.

On this day, certain rituals are to be followed. Let’s get to know more. 

  • Get up early in the morning and take a bath. You can take a bath by either taking a dip in a holy river or mixing holy river water in your bathing water. 
  • The devotees should take a vow of fasting while meditating on God.
  •  The devotees should wear white clothes after taking a bath. Then they should do Achaman (purification process before the Puja) before starting the worship.
  • After this, meditate on God and invoke Lord Hari or Lord Vishnu by chanting the mantra- ‘Om Namo Narayan.’
  • After this, offer flowers, perfume, etc., to the divine deity. 
  • At the area or place of worship, build an altar for the Havan, and then perform the Havan by offering oil, ghee, etc., to the holy fire of the Yagya. 
  • After the completion of the Havan, complete your fast with devotion and a sincere heart while ruminating on the name of Lord Vishnu.
  • The devotee should sleep close to the idol of Lord Vishnu at night. 
  • On the next day of the Purnima, the devotees are advised to perform Dan-Dakshina that involves feeding Brahmins or needy people or doing charity according to one’s ability. The donations can be in the form of clothes, food, or money.

It is believed that offering donations on Margashirsha Purnima gives thirty-two times more benefits in comparison to any other day; therefore, the name ‘Battissi Purnima’ is used for the occasion. 

On this occasion, special Prasad is also prepared and distributed among other devotees after doing Aarti. Devotees believe that fasting on this day and performing the Puja will help attain prosperity and happiness.

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Where Is Margashirsha Purnima Celebrated?

As mentioned above, the Margashirsha Purnima holds colossal significance for Hindu devotees. In South India especially, many customs are organized in the temples dedicated to Lord Dattatreya on the occasion of Margashirsha Purnima. Lord Dattatreya is regarded as the symbol of the Trimurti. According to mythological beliefs, Lord Dattatreya was incarnated on Earth during the Pradosh Kaal period on the auspicious day of Margashirsha Purnima. From that time onwards, this day is commemorated as his birth anniversary. 

In various other regions and locales in India, the Margashirsha Purnima is known as the Naraka Purnima, Korala Purnima, or Udyatithi Purnima. Irrespective of the name, the day holds grave significance for the devotees. 

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