Bhadrapada is an auspicious month in the Hindu calendar. Bhadrapada Purnima is an exception as the festivities on this day are dedicated to Lord Satyanarayana. The festival is celebrated with immense gaiety and fervour all across India, especially in the state of Gujarat.
Bhadrapada Purnima 2020 date and timings:
Bhadrapada Purnima will be observed on September 2. The auspicious occasion began at 9:38 AM on September 1 and end shall at 10:51 AM on September 2.
Bhadrapada Purnima Significance:
As per the Hindu mythology and calendar, every Hindu lunar month has one Amavasya (No moon) and a Purnima (Full moon) day. Purnima is considered to have a very high religious significance as per the ancient Hindu mythology. A lot of importance is given to the Bhadrapada Purnima as it is associated with the worship of Lord Vishnu. The next day after Bhadrapada Purnima, Pitru Paksha Shradh begins.
Rituals of Bhadrapada Purnima:
- On Bhadrapada Purnima, Hindu devotees wake up early and finish their morning rituals. Taking a bath in the holy rivers like Ganga, Yamuna and Narmada to name a few, is considered very rewarding on this day. It is a widespread belief that one who performs the Bhadrapada Purnima Snan receives the divine blessings of Lord Vishnu.
- In most of the households, Satyanarayan puja is held on this day. The idol of Lord Satyanarayan is given sacred ‘Panchamrit Snan’ (bathing ritual from a concoction of milk, sugar, curd, honey and ghee). Devotees also make offerings to Lord Satyanarayan in the form of fruits and sweets.
- After the puja, the recital of Satyanarayan Katha is very important. According to the Hindu belief reciting Satyanarayan Katha in one’s home or even going to someone house on invitations is considered to be very auspicious. On Bhadrapada Purnima devotees also recite other stories dedicated to Lord Vishnu, along with Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva and Goddess Lakshmi.
- Most of the devotees also observe fasting on this day known as Bhadrapada Purnima Vrat. The fast continues for the day and ends in the evening after the narration of Satyanarayan Katha. The observer of this vrat must not eat pulses, grains and salt. However, eating milk products and fruits is allowed.
- The day of Bhadrapada Purnima is also befitting to perform ‘Maha Mrityunjaya Havan’. A person who performs this havan with utmost devotion on this day gets freedom from all the negativities in his/her life.
- On Bhadrapada Purnima, there is also a sign of donating clothes and food to Brahmins or those needy. Charity done on this day is highly rewarding.