Paush Purnima 2020: Date, Time, Purnima Vrat, Significance and everything you need to know
Paush Purnima, also celebrated as Shankambhari Purnima in some parts of India, is one of the most joyous days in the Hindu calendar. On this sacred day, which falls on the whole of the lunar month (prunima tithi) of the Paush month of the Hindu calendar, thousands of devotees bathe in the rivers, especially the Ganga and Jamuna rivers, as it is considered to be a sacred deed. according to Hindu tradition. This year, this happy day falls on January 10 and according to experts, the temporary time for Purnima Tithi to start is 2:34 AM on January 10, 2020 and it will continue until 12:50 AM January 11, 2020.
Paush Purnima: History and significance
During the Paush Purnima period, Hindu devotees from all over the country, if not the world, reached the connection with the three holy rivers (Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) also called by the Prayag Sangam to take the holy saint. According to popular belief, taking a holy dip in connection with sacred rivers removes devotees of all their past sins, including those he might have done in their past life or previous births. . Such an act is also believed to provide salvation or 'moksha' to that person. Fortunately, Prayag Sangam is not the only place where people can obtain divine sanctity. They can also reap the same benefits if they perform the work at other important pilgrimage sites such as Allahabad, Ujjain or Nasik.
Besides a vague activities across the banks of the river, special rituals are also performed at important Hindu temples to celebrate this happy day. In some parts of India, it is also celebrated as Shakambari or Shankambhari Purnima, where devotees pay tribute to the goddess Shakambari, who is an avatar of the goddess Durga. In Chattisgarh, people celebrate 'Charta' festival on this day.
Rituals followed during Paush Purnima
Obtaining a holy saint is the most important ritual that devotees should perform on the day of Paush Purnima. Thus, most people wake up early, some even do not sleep at night, and take a holy swim or bathe in a sacred river at sunrise. In addition to performing various religious rituals, people also pay for sunrise. After receiving the holy dip, devotees honor Lord Shiva and worship 'Shiv Lingam'.
People also maintain a fast called 'Satyanarayana' vrat to worship Lord Vishnu on this day. During the day, devotees worship Lord Vishu, recite 'Satyanarayana' fabrication and prepare a special prasad. A furry of activities is seen keeping people busy - in Krishna temples, special yatras are organized, repetitions and lectures on the Ramayana and Bhagwad Gita are also taking place. It is believed that doing charity to Paush Purnima will help devotees achieve moksha or salvation.