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.
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.
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Purnima 2020 will be observed on 13 days this year.
List of Purnima dates in 2020 include -
1 Pausha Purnima January 10, 2020, Friday (Begins - 02:34 AM, Jan 10 Ends - 12:50 AM, Jan 11)
2 Magha Purnima February 9, 2020, Sunday (Begins - 04:01 PM, Feb 8 Ends - 01:02 PM, Feb 9)
3 Phalguna Purnima March 9, 2020, Monday (Begins - 03:03 AM, Mar 9 Ends - 11:17 PM, Mar 9)
4 Chaitra Purnima April 8, 2020, Wednesday (Begins - 12:01 PM, Apr 7 Ends - 08:04 AM, Apr 8)
5 Vaishakha Purnima May 7, 2020, Thursday (Begins - 07:44 PM, May 6 Ends - 04:14 PM, May 7)
6 Jyeshtha Purnima June 5, 2020, Friday (Begins - 03:15 AM, Jun 5 Ends - 12:41 AM, Jun 6)
7 Ashadha Purnima July 5, 2020, Sunday (Begins - 11:33 AM, Jul 4 Ends - 10:13 AM, Jul 5)
8 Shravana Purnima August 3, 2020, Monday (Begins - 09:28 PM, Aug 2 Ends - 09:28 PM, Aug 3)
9 Bhadrapada Purnima September 2, 2020, Wednesday (Begins - 09:38 AM, Sep 1 Ends - 10:51 AM, Sep 2)
10 Ashwina Adhika Purnima October 1, 2020, Thursday (Begins - 12:25 AM, Oct 1 Ends - 02:34 AM, Oct 2)
11 Ashwina Purnima October 31, 2020, Saturday (Begins - 05:45 PM, Oct 30 Ends - 08:18 PM, Oct 31)
12 Kartika Purnima November 30, 2020, Monday (Begins - 12:47 PM, Nov 29 Ends - 02:59 PM, Nov 30)
13 Margashirsha Purnima December 30, 2020, Wednesday (Begins - 07:54 AM, Dec 29 Ends - 08:57 AM, Dec 30)