The Full Moon or Purnima date in the month of Magh according to the Hindu Panchang is called as Magh Purnima. This day is religiously and spiritually important. It is religious to bathe, do donate and chant on this day. Also, taking a sacred bath on this day is said to be of extremely importance. It starts from Paush Purnima and ends by Magh Purnima. After doing Kalpvaas on Tirthraj Prayag, Magh Purnima is the last day to carry out Triveni bath. According to Hindu beliefs, Lord Madhav blesses people who do Magh Snan (bath) with wealth, children, affluence, luck, happiness and salvation.
IMPORTANCE OF MAGH PURNIMA
Magh Purnima originates from Magh asterism. It is assumed that Gods come on Earth in human form and take a dip in Prayag along with donations and chanting. This is why it is said that bathing in the Ganga on this day results in over brim your wishes and leads to salvation. As per the writings in Hindu scriptures, it becomes symbolic if Pushya sign of the zodiac appears on this date.
MAGH PURNIMA FAST & POOJA VIDHI
On the day of Magh Purnima, bathing, fasting, chanting, doing donating and worshipping in front of sacred fire is carried out. Lord Vishnu is worshipped on this day, along with doing Shraadh for elders and charity to the poor.
Follow the pooja Vidhi as mentioned:
- On the early morning of Magh Purnima, take a bath in a sacred river, lake, nearby well or lake let. After that, offer water to Lord Sun while chanting the mantras.
- Worship Lord Madhusudan after taking a pledge for fast and bathing.
- Feed poor and Brahmins during Madhyahant times and give generous charity.
- Give til and black til seeds in charity. In the month of Magh Purnima, conduct the sacred Hawan and Oblation or Tarpan for ancestors.
MAGH MELA & KALPVAAS
Every year at Tirthraj Prayag (Allahabad), Magh Mela is organized, also called Kalpvaas. Devotees from India and foreigner travel down to this place to be a part of it. From centuries, the tradition of Kalpvaas is maintained in Prayag. Completion of Kalpvaas is done after taking a sacred plunge on the day of Magh Purnima. Residing on the banks of Tirthraj Prayag Sangam is known as Kalpvaas. Kalpvaas means lessons of Vedas on the banks of Sangam. Kalpvaas stands for patience, resolution of non-violence and devotion.