What is Purnima 2023?
Purnima refers to the day of the month when the full moon appears and is a Sanskrit term that translates to ‘full moon’.
Purnima signifies the end of the waxing period or Shukla Paksha. This day is highly auspicious for commencing new endeavours, business ventures, etc. It also divides the month into two equal lunar fortnights known as Paksha – the bright fortnight before Purnima, called Shukla Paksha, and the dark fortnight after, called Krishna Paksha.
Purnima is celebrated across India with various important festivals, such as Guru Purnima, Kartik Purnima, and Buddha Purnima, and is considered an ideal day for fasting. Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are worshipped on this day, and it is believed that the location of the moon exerts a unique magnetic pull that results in a natural upward movement in the body. This day is particularly auspicious for the worship of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi to seek their blessings for a prosperous life.
What is the Significance of Purnima according to Hindu Calendar?
In the Hindu calendar, Purnima, also known as the Full Moon day, is considered significant and auspicious. It occurs once a month when the Moon is completely illuminated by the Sun’s rays and appears as a full circle in the sky.
Moreover, Purnima, the Full Moon day, holds great significance for Hindus as it marks the birth of Lord Vishnu, and is observed with a fast known as the Satyanarayan fast. Devotees organize a puja through a priest or Brahmin to offer prayers to Lord Vishnu on this day. Fasting on Purnima is believed to positively impact one’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, contributing to mental health. Many people also pray to Lord Vishnu and seek His blessings on this day.
Purnima is associated with various Hindu festivals and rituals. One of the most important Hindu festivals, called Guru Purnima, is celebrated on the Full Moon day in the month of Ashadha (June-July). It is dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers, who are revered and honoured on this day. Devotees offer prayers, seek blessings, and express gratitude towards their gurus.
Another significant festival celebrated on Purnima is Raksha Bandhan, which falls on the Full Moon day in the month of Shravana (July-August). It is a celebration of the bond between siblings, where sisters tie a sacred thread (rakhi) on their brothers’ wrists as a symbol of protection and love.
Purnima is also considered an auspicious day for performing religious rituals and making offerings to deities. Devotees fast, visit temples and engage in spiritual practices to seek blessings and good fortune.
Overall, Purnima is a day of spiritual significance and celebration in the Hindu calendar, associated with various festivals and rituals that hold great importance in Hindu culture and tradition. However, this year, there is an additional Purnima due to the Adkhi Maas according to the Hindu calendar.
So, let’s find the list of Purnimas’ dates and days for the year 2023.
|Purnima Day and Date||Purnima Timings – Shukla Paksha|
|Pausha Purnima: January 6, 2023, Friday||Starts: 02:14 a.m, January 06, 2023
Ends: 04:37 a.m, January 07, 2023
|Magha Purnima: February 5, 2023, Sunday||Starts: 09:29 p.m, February 04, 2023
Ends: 11:58 p.m, February 05, 2023
|Phalguna Purnima: March 7, 2023, Tuesday||Starts: 04:17 p.m, March 06, 2023
Ends: 06:09 p.m, March 07, 2023
|Chaitra Purnima: April 5, 2023, Wednesday||Starts: 09:19 a.m, April 05, 2023
Ends: 10:04 a.m, April 06, 2023
|Vaishakh Purnima: May 5, 2023, Friday||Starts: 11:44 p.m, May 04, 2023
Ends: 11:03 p.m, May 05, 2023
|Jyeshtha Purnima: June 3, 2023, Saturday||Starts: 11:16 a.m, June 03, 2023
Ends: 09:11 a.m, June 04, 2023
|Ashadha Purnima: July 3, 2023, Monday||Starts: 08:21 p.m, July 02, 2023
Ends: 05:08 p.m, July 03, 2023
|Adhika Purnima: August 1, 2023, Tuesday
Shravana Adhika Purnima
|Starts: 03:51 a.m, August 01, 2023
Ends: 12:01 a.m, August 02, 2023
|Shravana Purnima: August 30, 2023, Wednesday||Starts: 10:58 AM, August 30, 2023
Ends: 07:05 AM, August 31, 2023
|Bhadrapada Purnima: September 29, 2023, Friday||Starts: 06:49 p.m, September 28, 2023
Ends: 03:26 p.m, September 29, 2023
|Ashwina Purnima: October 28, 2023, Saturday||Starts: 04:17 a.m, October 28, 2023
Ends: 01:53 a.m, October 29, 2023
|Kartika Purnima: November 27, 2023, Monday||Starts: 03:53 p.m, November 26, 2023
Ends: 02:45 p.m, November 27, 2023
|Margashirsha Purnima: December 26, 2023, Tuesday||Starts: 05:46 a.m, December 26, 2023
Ends – 06:02 a.m, December 27, 2023
Please Note: Timings are represented in 12-hour notation in local time of New Delhi, India with DST adjustment (if applicable).
In Panchang day starts and ends with sunrise.
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