The Significance of Maghi Purnima

Vaaruni Agarwal
Published on 19 Feb 2019 / In Festivals & Events

Magha Purnima or maghi purnima is an important day for Hindus that falls on the ‘purnima’ (full moon day) in the month of ‘Magha’ as per 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 month of Magha. 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 Raj. During this time the famous ‘Kumbha Mela’ and ‘Magha Mela’ is also held in which devotees flock from each and every corner of the country. On the day of Magha Purnima, devotees must get up early and take a holy dip in any water body, before sunrise. For those who cannot take a dip in the river, can take bath at home by mixing Ganga jal in water. After the ritualistic bath, devotees begin to make preparations for the puja. On this day, they worship Lord Vishnu and Lord Hanuman as well.

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