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The Full Moon Day is known as Purnima in the traditional Hindu calendar. And the Purnima Tithi of the Magha month is referred to as Magh Purnima. The Full Moon day is of great significance because it is believed to be a perfect day for organising the Satyanarayan Puja or the puja of the Ishta Devta. Moreover, on this day, people observe a vrat and break it only after sighting the Moon. Magha concurs with Gregorian January/February. Read on to know the Magh Purnima 2021 date, significance and other details.
Magh Purnima 2021 date
This year, Magh Purnima Vrat will be observed on February 27.
Magh Purnima 2021 Tithi timings
The Purnima Tithi begins at 3:49 PM on February 26 and ends at 1:46 PM on February 27. Therefore, the vrat must be observed on February 26.
Magh Purnima significance
Magha is hailed as one of the most pious months in the Hindu calendar. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu as well as Lord Shiva. And more importantly, this year, the Magh Purnima will concur with the Kumbh Mela festivities. Though the Shahi Snan will take place from Maha Shivaratri day, devotees shall take a dip in the holy Ganga and other sacred rivers on the Purnima Tithi.
There is a tradition of bathing in the holy waters on the Purnima Tithi, and Magh Purnima is no different. Therefore, people flock to the banks of rivers such as the Ganga, the Yamuna, the Godavari, the Narmada etc., on the Full Moon day. It is said that by taking a bath in the sacred rivers, one can get riddance from sins and attain Moksha. Places like the Sangam Ghat in Prayagraj (confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati in Prayagraj), Kashi (in Uttar Pradesh), Haridwar (Uttarakhand) witness an ocean of humanity on this auspicious day.
Some devotees keep a day-long fast (vrat) and break it only after offering Arghya to Chandra Dev (the Moon God).