Purnima Vrat or Pournami Vratam is a fasting observed during Purnima, i.e the full moon day that occurs in the first fortnight (Shukla Paksh) of hindu lunar month. The last day of the Shukla Paksh is the full moon day when the moon is at its brightest and this day is of great importance to Hindus.

The month of Shravan started on July 17 and the upcoming purnima is Sawan Purnima on August 15, the day of Raksha Bandhan.

During Poornima, devotees observe vrats (or vratam), during the Purnima tithis. Devotees observe fasting either on the day of the Purnima or a day before the Purnima. The fast is broken after performing Poojas to their favorite Gods and after Prasadam is consumed.

Next Purnima Vrat Date in 2019 : August 15 Thursday

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August 15, Thursday Purnima Vrat tithi and puja timings

Purnima Tithi TimingAugust 15, 12:00 AM - August 15, 05:59 PM
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Significance and Benefits of Purnima Vrat

Purnima Vrat is considered sacred by Hindus as they believe it brings good fortune and health to those who strictly follow it. It is during this time that Poojas are performed especially to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. The Puja specific to Lord Vishnu is also known as Satya Narayan Puja. Although Satya Narayan Puja can be done on any day, performing it during Purnima is believed to bring blessings of Narayan, an avatar of Lord Vishnu upon everyone.

Observing the Purnima Vrat also brings in a lots of health benefits. During the full moon day, the Earth’s gravitational force is maximum and so it brings positive influence on the body and mind. It also has a healing effect on the gut system of the human body by reducing gastric problems and stabilizing metabolic processes.

How to observe Purnima Vrat - Rituals & Puja

The Purnima Vrat begins on Purnima day or on Chaturdashi(previous day of Purnima) depending upon the starting time of the Purnima thithi. Purnima Vrat will be observed on Chaturdashi only if the Purnima Tithi begins at the Madhyahna period of the previous day.

Devotees who observe the Purnima Vrat wake up and bath early in the morning. The fasting is observed from early sun rise till the moon rise on Purnima.

Devotees who strictly observe the Purnima Vrat usually fast by not eating or drinking anything, but for those who cannot be so strict, it is alright to eat one meal devoid of salt and pulses.

After the moon is sighted, devotees perform Puja to their favorite God and break the fast after consuming Prasads. Prasad(or Prasadam) are offerings made to Gods while performing the Puja and they are consumed after the puja when the prayers are offered.

All Purnima Vrat dates in 2019 and Purnima Tithi Timing

January 21st
Purnima Tithi Timing : Jan 21, 12:00 AM - Jan 21, 10:46 AM
February 19th
Purnima Tithi Timing : Feb 19, 1:11 AM - Feb 19, 9:23 PM
March 20th
Purnima Tithi Timing : Mar 20, 10:45 AM - Mar 21, 7:12 AM
April 19th
Purnima Tithi Timing : Apr 19, 12:00 AM - Apr 19, 4:42 PM
May 18th
Purnima Tithi Timing : May 18, 4:10 AM - May 19, 2:41 AM
June 17th
Purnima Tithi Timing : Jun 17, 12:00 AM - Jun 17, 2:00 PM
July 16th
Purnima Tithi Timing : Jul 16, 1:48 AM - Jul 17, 3:08 AM
August 15th
Purnima Tithi Timing : Aug 15, 12:00 AM - Aug 15, 5:59 PM
September 13th
Purnima Tithi Timing : Sep 13, 7:35 AM - Sep 14, 10:02 AM
October 13th
Purnima Tithi Timing : Oct 13, 12:36 AM - Oct 14, 2:37 AM
November 12th
Purnima Tithi Timing : Nov 12, 12:00 AM - Nov 12, 7:04 PM
December 11th
Purnima Tithi Timing : Dec 11, 10:59 AM - Dec 12, 10:42 AM

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