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Significance of Paush Purnima in Hinduism

Created by Asttrolok in Astrology 30 Aug 2023
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Significance of Paush Purnima in Hinduism

According to the Hindu Calendar, Paush Purnima is the full Moon of the "Shukla Paksha" in the month of Pausha. It is an important day for Hindus, and people all over the country celebrate it by fasting, worshipping, and performing Satyanarayana puja. When the moon is at its fullest on Paush Purnima, it is believed that a person who takes a holy bath, donate to the poor and offers "Prasada" to Suryadev will be cleansed of their sins and shown the way to redemption. Purnima is the name given to the day of the full moon in the Hindu calendar, of which there are twelve in a year. Pausha Purnima and Magha Purnima are the two that get the most attention, though. This article contains every piece of information you could need to plan for Paush Purnima in 2023.

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Importance of Paush Purnima 2023


For Hindus, the day known as Paush Purnima holds great significance. Even the "Maha Kumbh Mela" falls on this day, which also signals the end of wintertime and the start of the Magha month.

In the spirit of the Paush Purnima, devotees are encouraged to shed their darkness and embark on the spiritual path that leads to illumination and ultimately, redemption. Many Hindus believe that cleansing themselves in the sacred waters of a temple or other pilgrimage site on this day will help them achieve the spiritual state of Nirvana or Moksha.

People believe that if they wake up early on this day, bathe in the holy water, and pray to the rising sun, they will be spared for all the sins they have done in their past lives and will be able to go to heaven


Rituals of Paush Purnima 2023


Let's take a closer look at a few of the customs observed on Paush Purnima.

  • The most important thing to do on Paush Purnima is to take a bath. Devotees get up very early and bathe in the sacred rivers at daybreak while offering the sun's rising salutation, or "Argha."

  • After taking a bath, devotees must pour water on the "Shiva Linga" and meditate near it to soak up its spiritual energy.

  • On this day, devotees fast, pray to Lord Vishnu, and give him Prasad. They are also known to put on a Satyanarayana Katha. The Aarti follows the Katha, and then the Prasad is given out to everyone in attendance.

  • Pushyabhishek Yatra is held on the full moon of the month of Paush all over India in temples dedicated to Lord Krishna.

  • On this day, there are also scheduled Ramayana and Bhagavad Gita recitations.

  • On this day, devotees must provide the needy with items and food.

  • Free food is offered to poor people throughout India through 'Anna Daan' in temples and ashrams.

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The stories behind Paush Purnima


According to ancient writings, the Earth had once been terrorized by a demon by the name of Durgam. As a result, the rain ceased, and this condition persisted for a century. People started dying because there wasn't enough food and water. After all, it hadn't rained in a long time. The end of Earth's life was getting closer. The demon who was impossible to reach had also taken all four Vedas from Brahma. Then Maa Shakambhari Devi took the form of Maa Durga.

Shakambhari, the goddess, had one hundred eyes. When he saw how bad the Earth was doing, he started to cry, which made the water flow once more on the whole planet. Maa Shakambhari ended Durgam after this.


The second Paush Purnima narrative


Another myth claims that Goddess Shakambhari observed vegetarianism once a month and performed penance for 100 years. Because of her sacrifice, vegetation began to flourish in an otherwise barren area that had been devoid of water for a century. Sages and saints gathered from all over to witness the mother's miracle, and they were all fed vegetarian cuisine. The mother's name was Shakambhari Mata because she only ate vegetarian food.


Conclusion


Take full advantage of Paush Purnima, for it is the time to banish the darkness from your soul. May your prayers be enchanting to Suryadev, and may he grant you every wish for happiness and success.

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