Chaitra Purnima falls on the full moon day in the month of Chaitra, which typically falls between late March and early April. It is a significant day in the Hindu calendar as many Devotees observe fast and perform certain religious rituals for good luck and fortune.
Chaitra Purnima is also known as Hanuman Jayanti in many parts of India and is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Hanuman, a popular deity in Hinduism known for his devotion and strength.
On this day, devotees offer prayers and perform special rituals to Lord Hanuman, seeking his blessings and protection. Many people also fast on this day, and some visit Hanuman temples to offer prayers and seek blessings.
Also Read: Importance of Hanuman Puja
Chaitra Purnima is also associated with other important events in Hindu mythology, such as the wedding of Lord Ram and Sita, which is believed to have taken place on this day.
Overall, Chaitra Purnima is an important day in the Hindu calendar, marked by special observances and rituals that are meant to bring spiritual benefits and honour Lord Hanuman and other deities associated with this day.
So, let’s get to know more about the Date, Rituals and Significance of Chaitra Purnima 2023.
Chaitra Purnima 2023: Date, Muhurat and Timings
This year, Chaitra Purnima will be observed on Thursday, April 6, 2023.
- Purnima Tithi Starts: 09:19 a.m on April 05, 2023
- Purnima Tithi Ends: 10:04 a.m on April 06, 2023
Significance of Chaitra Purnima
Chaitra Purnima is considered a highly auspicious and significant day for the Hindus. As per Hindu traditions, people observe fast on full moon day, which is also considered to be important to perform Satyanarayan Vrat Katha. On this day, people fast to seek the blessings of Lord Satyanarayana and at night time, they worship Moon God. It is also said that by the act of charity and taking a bath in a holy river, pilgrimage lake (Teertha Sarovar) or a sacred reservoir on Chaitra Purnima, Devotees attain virtue. So let’s find out more about religious beliefs.
Here are some of the key beliefs and practices associated with Chaitra Purnima
- Hanuman Jayanti
One of the most important reasons why Chaitra Purnima is celebrated is because it is believed to be the birthday of Lord Hanuman, the monkey god who is revered for his strength, devotion and loyalty to Lord Rama. Devotees observe fasts, offer prayers, chant Hanuman Chalisa, and visit Hanuman temples to seek blessings and protection from Lord Hanuman.
Also Read: Benefits of Hanuman Puja on Hanuman Jayanti
- Sacred Bathing
Chaitra Purnima is also known as ‘Chaitra Snan’ in some parts of India, which is a day for taking a sacred bath. It is believed that taking a holy dip in a river or a sacred water body on this day can cleanse one’s body and soul of all sins, and bring good fortune and prosperity.
- Wedding of Lord Rama and Sita
According to some Hindu traditions, Chaitra Purnima is also the day when Lord Rama and Sita were married. Thus, it is considered an auspicious day for marriage ceremonies and engagements.
- Spring Equinox
Chaitra Purnima also marks the beginning of the Spring season and the Spring Equinox, which is considered an important astronomical event in Hindu mythology.
Overall, Chaitra Purnima is a day of great significance and is observed with a variety of rituals and practices aimed at seeking blessings, good fortune, and spiritual growth.
Chaitra Purnima 2023 Vrat Puja Vidhi
Chaitra Purnima holds greater significance for performing Satyanarayan puja to please Lord Satyanarayan and Maa Lakshmi to attract fortune and success. So, let’s find the religious rituals to be performed on Chaitra Purnima.
- Wake up early in the morning before dawn and take a bath and wear clean clothes.
- After that, offer Argh to the Sun God while chanting Surya Mantra or ‘Om Suryaya Namah’.
- Worship and offer prayers to Lord Vishnu and Lord Hanuman.
- Take a vow for the fast and worship Lord Satyanarayana.
- Recite ‘Satyanarayana Katha’ and prepare sacred food, which is offered as Bhog to the deity.
- Fruits, supari, banana leaves, moli, incense sticks, and sandalwood paste are offered to Lord Vishnu, and elaborate arrangements are made at various temples during Satyanarayana Puja.
- After worshipping Chandra Deva (Moon God) ritually in the night, offer water to him.
- Donate a vessel filled with raw food (Kachcha Anna) to the needy.
Mythological Legends Behind Chaitra Purnima
There are several legends and mythological stories related to Chaitra Purnima according to Hindu scriptures. Let’s find here some popular legends associated with Chaitra Purnima.
Birth of Lord Hanuman
Chaitra Purnima is believed to be the day on which Lord Hanuman, the monkey god and an ardent Devotee of Lord Rama, was born. According to the legend, Lord Hanuman was born to Mata Anjana and King Kesari, who were Devotees of Lord Shiva. Lord Hanuman is known for his strength, courage and devotion to Lord Rama. It is also said that Lord Hanuman is an avatar of Lord Shiva.
Wedding of Lord Rama and Sita
According to some Hindu traditions, Chaitra Purnima is also the day when Lord Rama and Sita were married. It is believed that Lord Rama, along with his brother Lakshmana and his guru Vashistha, performed the wedding rituals in the presence of many celestial beings.
The Legend of Kamadeva
In some parts of India, Chaitra Purnima is celebrated as the festival of Holi, which is associated with the legend of Kamadeva. According to the legend, Kamadeva, the Hindu god of love, tried to arouse Lord Shiva from his deep meditation by shooting a flower arrow at him. However, Lord Shiva was angered by this and reduced Kamadeva to ashes. Later, at the request of Kamadeva’s wife, Lord Shiva restored Kamadeva to life, and Chaitra Purnima is celebrated to commemorate this event. Hence, it is also the commencement of the Vaishakh Snan.
The Legend of Ganga Avataran
In some parts of India, Chaitra Purnima is also associated with the legend of Ganga Avataran, which tells the story of how the goddess Ganga descended from the heavens to the earth. According to the legend, king Bhagiratha performed austerities and penances to bring the goddess Ganga to earth to purify the sins of his ancestors.
Maharaas on Chaitra Purnima
It is said that on the same day, Shri Krishna celebrated Raas Utsava in Brij city, which is popularly known as Raas Leela or Maharaas. Thousands of Gopis participated in this festival and Lord Shri Krishna danced the whole night with each one of them using his divine power (Yogmaya).
Overall, these legends and stories highlight the significance of Chaitra Purnima in Hindu mythology and underscore the spiritual and cultural importance of this day for Hindus around the world.
Benefits of Observing Chaitra Purnima Vrat
- Observing Chaitra Purnima vrat fast creates positive energy in your surroundings.
- It helps to keep you safe from negative energies and unprecedented accidents.
- Chaitra Purnima brings peace and harmony to your family.
- Chaitra Purnima vrat fulfils all your desires and wishes.
- You receive blessings from Lord Satyanarayan and Maa Lakshmi.
- Chaitra Purnima Vrat blesses you with wealth, good fortune and opulence.
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