Hindus across the world are celebrating Shravan Purnima today. Though it is an auspicious occasion of full moon day in the month of Shravan, the day is celebrated in various names in different areas in the country. Let’s see what makes Sharavan Purnima an important day for Hindus:
Shravan Purnima is the full moon day of Shravan Maas, an auspicious day in the Hindu calendar. In 2020, it will be enthusiastically venerated on Thursday, 03 August. The famous Raksha Bandhan festival celebrated on this day; so it is also famous as Rakhi Purnima. Apart from rakhi celebration, there are many spiritual activities and rituals performed on Shravan Purnima. As it is the last day of holiest month of Shravan and some other regional festivals associated with it.
Significance of Shravan Purnima
Shravana Purnima is regarded as a highly auspicious day in Hindu culture. The various rituals which are performed on this day possess immense significance. The rituals of ‘Upnayan’ and ‘Yagyopaveet’ are observed on this day. Brahmins also observe the ‘Shudhikaran’ ritual on this Purnima as it is considered as one of the most sacred days for performing religious rituals. The devotees perform special worship of Lord Shiva on this holy day. There are various reasons which make this day so important among Hindus.
Names of Festivals Celebrated on Shravan Purnima
Raksha Bandhan is the most popular festival celebrated on Shravan Purnima. But there are several other significant aspects which are associated with this Purnima. There are various other festivals and rituals which are performed on the full moon day of Shravana.
The festivals observe on this auspicious Purnima are:
- Raksha Bandhan: The grand rakhi celebration
- Hayagreeva Jayanthi: the day to worship Hayagriva God
- Upakarma: changing ceremonial threads amongst people.
- Jandhyam Purnima: the day when Upakarma is performed.
- Narali Purnima: The sacred observance of offering coconut to the Sea to admire Lord Varuna who is the divinity of waterbodies.
- Avani Avittam: South-Indian Brahmins wear the sacred thread, followed by Gayatri Japa Sankalpam on River banks.
- Balaram Jayanthi: the day when Balaram God was born.
- Amarnath yatra’s last day: very famous Amarnath Yatra begins from Guru Purnima and finishes on Shravan Purnima.
- Kajari Purnima: To solemnize the festive day of specific crops and fertilizers.
- Pavitropana: To venerate Lord Shiva by performing unique puja and prayers.
Importance of Shravan Purnima
This sacred festivity is revered on a full moon day, hence Shravan Purnima is considered very favorable to worship Moon to remove Chandra Dosha effects from one’s life. It is also considered important for donations and charities to needy and deprived people. Feeding Pandits and worshiping Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi are highly propitious on this day. It is advised to take proper muhurat before initiating any puja or prayer at this festival. Brahmins and other people who purely believe in wearing sacred threads wear brand new threads on the bank of the pious rivers. Ardent followers of Hinduism and the peeps who have peculiar liking towards Hindu culture take devoutly vows.
Information Courtesy: Rgyan