Magha Purnima 2021
Magha Purnima is an important day for Hindus that falls on the ‘Purnima (full moon day) in the month of ‘Magha’ in the traditional Hindu calendar. This date roughly corresponds to the months of January-February in the Gregorian calendar. Magha Purnima is also popularly known as ‘Maghi Purnima’ or ‘Maha Maghi’ and is the last and most important day of the Magha Maas. In the Hindu legends, Purnima is known to be an important day for performing religious and spiritual rituals, and of these, the Magha Purnima is one of the most auspicious.
On this day Hindu devotees in thousands perform the ritualistic bath at the Triveni Sangam in Prayag. During this time the famous ‘Kumbha Mela’ and ‘Magha Mela’ are also held in which devotees flock from each and every corner of the country. Even in southern states of India like Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, it is celebrated with utmost enthusiasm and gaiety. In Tamil Nadu, on this day the spectacular ‘float’ festival is held wherein beautifully decorated idols of Meenakshi and Lord Sundeshwara are mounted on floats. Magha Purnima also holds special significance for followers of Buddhism as it is believed that Gautama Buddha pronounced his impending death on the same day.
Significance of Magha Purnima
The importance of Magha Purnima is mentioned in Brahma Vaivarta Purana. According to Hindu mythology, on this sacred day, Lord Vishnu resides in the River Ganga and therefore it is strongly believed that by merely touching the holy water of River Ganga, devotees can attain salvation. Taking a holistic bath in the sacred rivers like Ganga, Saraswati, and the Yamuna on Magha Purnima is very beneficial. By piously observing the Magha Purnima vrat devotees can gain freedom from their sins and also acquire purity and peace of mind. Doing charity on Magha Purnima gives the same benefits as observing Maha Yagyas.
Besides, religious significance, the day of Magha Purnima is also held importance in the science of astrology. It is held that on this day Sun enters into the Capricorn sign and the Moon moves in the Cancer constellation. Hence it is believed that taking a holy dip on Magha Purnima can put an end to all the problems correlated with Sun and Moon. The month of Magha is also beneficial from a scientific point of view. It is believed that this month helps the human body to adjust to the changing seasons. Therefore taking a bath on Magha Purnima will provide strength and power to the body.