One of the most beautiful aspects of the Hindu Religion is its remarkable festivals.
In fact, if you see the Hindu calendar, it is filled with festivals. Moreover, each month has its unique festivals which go on to make our lives even more worth living.
Each Hindu festival has not only spiritual significance but also provides immense joy and fulfillment to each of the devotees.
One such important festival is the Phalguna Purnima which is celebrated with immense devotion in various parts of India.
What is Purnima?
According to Hindu religious beliefs, Purnima or Full Moon Day is considered to be immensely auspicious. Each Purnima day is associated with some important festival or Jayanti day in the calendar.
In fact, in the North Indian States, the Full Moon Days are known as Purnima, whereas in the South Indian States it is called Pournami. In Gujarat, the Full Moon Day is known as Poonam.
Devotees usually observe a day-long fast on Purnima days in the year. Also, Purnima days are associated with Satya Narayana Puja. Hindus also worship the Moon on this day.
Which day is Purnima?
In fact, according to Hindu Lunar Calendar, Purnima is observed on the fifteenth day of the brighter half of the month in the “Shukla Paksha.”
Purnima is a Full Moon day when the moon can be seen in all its glory in the sky. Hindus celebrate one or the other festival on the day of Purnima.
Phalguna Purnima is no exception. Phalguna or Vasanta Purnima is the last Purnima of the year.
Holi which is one of the most popular Hindu festivals is observed during Phalguna Purnima.
Apart from Holi, Lakshmi Jayanti is also celebrated on the day of Phalguna or Vasanta Purnima which marks the birth anniversary of Goddess Lakshmi – the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
So, Phalguna Purnima assumes special importance for the Hindus. Phalguna Purnima is also known as Vasant Purnima.
What is Phalguna?
Phalguna is the twelfth month of the Hindu calendar and corresponds with February or March in the Gregorian calendar.
Phalguna Mela is another cultural event which is observed during the month of Phalguna.
Purnima is the most auspicious day of this month. It is on this day that Holi is celebrated. Phalguna is also considered as the month of Lord Shiva.
Maha Shivratri is observed in this month. Hindus also worship Moon on the day of Phalguna Purnima as they believe that the birth of Moon occurred on this day.
Krishna Puja and Lakshmi Puja are also performed during this month.
Phalguna Purnima is the full moon day in the month of Phalguna. On this day, Holi and Lakshmi Jayanti are celebrated.
Krishna Rasleela begins on the Phalguna Purnima day and continues till Rang Panchami.
The ritual of Holika Dahan is observed on this day. Hindus observe a day-long fast during the Phalguna Purnima.
In South Indian States of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andra Pradesh, and Telangana, Phalguna Purnima is observed as Kama Dahanam.
In states such as West Bengal and Orissa, Dol Purnima (dedicated to Lord Krishna) is observed during Phalguna Purnima.
The birth anniversary of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is also celebrated on Phalguna Purnima.
In 2019, Phalguna Purnima will be celebrated on 21st March 2019 (Thursday).