Purnimas, also known as Poonam, Poornima, and Poornamasi, etc., are one of the most spirityual days all over India. Moreover, each Purnima in the year is amongst the luckiest days, if people pray on this day with devotion and faith. The majority of followers fast and worship Lord Vishnu on this holy day. Phalguna Purnima 2023 will be in the first week of March. Let us read in detail about Phalguna Purnima, its significance, Vrat katha and other details.
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The Sanskrit word “Purnima” denotes “Full Moon” in English. The Phalguna Purnima takes place in Phalguna, the final month of the year, at the conclusion of the Shukla Paksha. Vasanta Purnima, one of the six Vedic astrological seasons, is another name for Phalguna Purnima, since it falls on the same day as the Vasanta Ritu. People celebrate this Purnima as Kama Dahanam in the states of Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka in South India.
The ceremonies for Kama Dahanam are identical to those for Holika Dahan. However the mythology surrounding Kama Dahanam is distinct from that of Holika Dahan. Many celebrate this occasion as Kaman Pandigai in Tamil Nadu and as Kamuni Panduga in and Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Holi is typically thought of as a North Indian celebration.
March’s Purnima, which coincides in the Hindu lunar calendar season of Phalguna, is the Phalguna Purnima. Holashtak comes to an end on Phalgun Purnima, and the two-day Holi festival begins. On this day, people celebrate Holika Dahan, the eve of Holi. There are typically 12 Purnima days per year, and each one is significant in its own way. A Purnima Vrat is regarded by many Hindus as a holy day as people pray on this day to have their wished fulfilled. The following Full Moon, or Purnima in March 2023 is on Tuesday, March 7.
Purnima Tithi Beginning: 04:20 PM on Mar 06, 2023
Purnima Tithi Ending: 06:13 PM on Mar 07, 2023
Being the end day of the year, this Purnima has a great significance in the Hindu culture. On this day, the Hindus celebrate Holika Dahan, one of their most important rites. Many people believe that Moon has a significant impact on Earth on this day, which also heralds the start of spring. So, if a devotee fasts on this fortunate day and idolises the Moon and Lord Vishnu including all devotion, he or she shall absolve of all past as well as present sins. The day is the final Full Moon of the year.
On this day, worshippers from all around the nation turn to Lord Shri Hari Vishnu in order to find salvation. Liberation is the ultimate goal of mortal life on Earth, according to Hinduism. Moreover, the Laxmi Jayanti, or birth anniversary of the Goddess of wealth, fortune, and abundance, is also observed on the day of Phalguna Purnima. It is among the most significant days in the Hindu tradition since so many events coincide on one extraordinarily lucky day.
Every month on Purnima, the fasting and ritual customs are essentially the same. Nevertheless, there are some crucial considerations. Hence, on Phalguna Purnima 2023, you must look after the following rituals before you fast.
The Vishnu Purana, discussed below, contains a descriptive scripture of the story of Phalguna Purnima.
King Hiranyakashyap governed the realm of demons years ago, during the Satya Yuga. Everyone on Earth was experiencing a lot of pain and suffering as a result of the demon king’s actions. After ages of penance and concentration, Hiranyakashyap petitioned Lord Brahma for a blessing. Lord Brahma granted his wish, which in turn, made him an overly confident being. And what was the wish?
It was that no one can ever murder, kill, or harm Hiranyakashyap— no man, woman, animal, bird, during the day or at night, by a hand weapon or a supernatural weapon, within or outside of his palace, and lastly, by a God or a demon. He felt as though he were eternal after receiving this favour, and he started thinking of himself as the all-powerful. He commanded everyone in the empire to stop praying Lord Vishnu and to begin worshipping him instead. Moreover, anyone who refuses to comply his orders shall be punished and put to death.
Because of their fear of dying, people in the kingdom started to idolise him. Yet Prahlad, Hiranyakashyap’s own son, continued to praise Lord Vishnu in defiance of his father since he was a true follower of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap became enraged by this and made the decision to have Prahlad, his own son, assassinated. Prahlad nonetheless persisted in praising Lord Vishnu and reciting “Hari.”
Hiranyakashyap sought to murder Prahlad by himself when all else had failed and told him to invoke his god Shri Vishnu to save him. Lord Narasimha, a manifestation of Lord Vishnu, escaped from a castle pillar as he prepared to murder him. To assassinate Hiranyakashyap without violating the blessing that Lord Brahma had granted him, Lord Vishnu assumed this form.
The terms of the gift stipulated that Lord Narsimha was neither a human, a creature, nor was he either a God. The hour of his death was when the day and the night met, thus it was neither a day nor a night, and ultimately Lord Narasimha murdered him with his nails, which weren’t a weapon. Hiranyakashyap was pulled in the middle of the palace’s entrance, neither inside nor outside. Since then, people worship Shri Vishnu as well as Lord Narasimha on the day of Phalgun Purnima.
Hiranyankashyap tried everything in his power to kill Prahlad. He even made an attempt to push him off a peak (now Dikoli Parvat), trampled on by an elephant, imprisoned in a cage full of snakes by Hiranyakashyap. But, Prahlad possessed the mercy of Lord Vishnu when he took birth. Hence, after trying everything, Hiranyakashyap turned to his sister, Holika.
She had long ago acquired a boon that rendered her invulnerable to fire. In an effort to burn Prahlad alive, Hiranyakashyap instructed her to rest on a pile of blazing wood with Prahlad in her lap. As a result, Holika, the sister of Hiranyakashyap, burned alive in the flame but Prahlad managed to survive.
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The festival of Holika Dahan commemorates the triumph of morality over evil. It is a very significant event for Hindus across the world and is observed on Phalgun Purnima. Let’s check at the Holika pujan procedure you must opt on Phalgun Purnima to avoid any inauspiciousness and troubles in life.
“Om Nrisimhaye vidmahe vajranakhaya dhimahi tan no simhah Prachodayat
Vajra nakhaya vidmahe tikshna damstraya dhimahi tan no narasimhah Prachodayat”
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