Purnima 2021 - Rituals and Significance

Wed, Mar 03, 2021
Team Astroyogi   By Team Astroyogi
Wed, Mar 03, 2021
Team Astroyogi   By Team Astroyogi
Purnima 2021 - Rituals and Significance

According to the Hindu-Lunar calendar, full moon days are called Purnima. Apart from coinciding with many Hindu festivals, Purnima holds a lot of importance and significance, especially in the Hindu community. Two Hindu deities who are prayed to and worshipped during Purnima are Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.


Since on the day of Purnima, the Moon completes one cycle around the Earth, it is believed to signify birth and rebirth. Devotees perform special Purnima Pujas, to celebrate a new chapter and a new beginning for a person. Many people also associate Full Moons with new opportunities, and a chance to make a positive change in one’s life. For those of you who wish to find out how you can make the best of the coming Purnima, consult our professional astrologers and tarot card readers on astroyogi.com.

On each Purnima, some unique Purnima Puja Vidhi is adopted by devotees. It is believed that all Purnimas are Goddess Lakshmi’s favorite days when the Moon is bright and fully round in shape. Devotees pray and offer traditional sweets to Goddess Lakshmi, who is the Hindu Goddess of wealth, prosperity and fortune. It is believed that the Goddess fulfills the wishes and desires of devotees who worship her.

Goddess Lakshmi is believed to ‘sit’ on a Banyan tree or Peepal tree, at particular times on Purnima days. Devotees prepare sweets like kheer and also offer sweetened water and honey to the tree. Incense sticks (known as aggarbattis) are also lit by the worshippers. After the prayers, family members also hang a garland made of mango leaves (called toran) on the main entrance to the house which is believed to bring in prosperity and good fortune for the family.

For those who may not be doing well in financial matters, astrologers suggest that kheer should be offered to the moon while chanting prayers.

While all Purnima days are considered auspicious, 5 of these, in particular, namely Kartika Purnima, Magha Purnima, Sharad/ Ashwina Purnima, Guru/ Ashadha Purnima, and Buddha/ Vaishakha Purnima, are considered the most significant to pray to Goddess Lakshmi and to the Moon. Devotees also keep special Purnima vrats (fast) in order to be blessed with wealth and a good financial year.

Two important pujas performed include 'The Shree Satyanarayan Puja' and 'The Maha Mrityunjay Jap'. These are considered to be highly auspicious for devotees who wish for prosperity and happiness for themselves and their families. Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are worshipped during these ceremonies. Performing these pujas can make life better for the natives and reduce problems. Many families also perform these pujas after a marriage or job promotion or after purchasing new property, to thank God and seek His blessings.

Our reliable experts can help guide you on how to work on having a successful and prosperous year ahead, and how you can remedy malefic doshas on the upcoming Full Moon day. 

Purnima 2021 will be observed on 12 days this year.


List of Purnima Tithi 2021 Dates & Time -

  1. Pausha Purnima - 28th January 2021, Thursday (Begins: 01:17 am, 28 Jan Ends: 12:45 am, 29 Jan)
  2. Magha Purnima  - 27th February 2021, Saturday (Begins: 03:49 pm, 26 Feb - Ends: 01:46 pm, 27 Feb )
  3. Phalguna Purnima - 28th March 2021, Sunday (Begins: 03:27 am, 28 Mar - Ends: 12:17 am, 29 Mar)
  4. Chaitra Purnima - 26th April 2021, Monday (Begins: 12:44 pm, 26 Apr - Ends: 09:01 am, 27 Apr)
  5. Vaishakha Purnima - 26th May 2021, Wednesday (Begins: 08:29 pm, 25 May - Ends: 04:43 pm, 26 May )
  6. Jyeshtha Purnima - 24th June 2021, Thursday  (Begins: 03:32 am, 24 Jun - Ends: 12:09 am, 25 Jun)
  7. Ashadha Purnima - 23rd July 2021, Friday (Begins:10:43 am, 23 Jul - Ends: 08:06 am, 24 Jul)
  8. Shravana Purnima - 22nd August 2021, Sunday (Begins: 07:00 pm, 22 Aug - Ends: 05:31 pm, 22 Aug )
  9. Bhadrapada Purnima - 20th September 2021, Monday (Begins: 05:28 am, 20 Sep - Ends: 05:24 am, 21 Sep)
  10. Ashwina Purnima - 20th October 2021, Wednesday (Begins: 07:03 pm, 19 Oct - Ends; 08:26 pm, 20 Oct )
  11. Kartika Purnima - 18th November 2021, Thursday (Begins: 12:00 pm, 18 Nov - Ends: 02:26 pm, 19 Nov)
  12. Margashirsha Purnima - 18th  December 2021, Saturday (Begins: 07:24 am, 18 Dec - Ends: 10:05 am, 19 Dec)
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