Purnima Image Source: IANS

Purnima tithi is the full moon day according to the Hindu lunar calendar, a day considered to be very auspicious

Purnima also spelled Poornima is a Sanskrit name that means “full moon”. It is the time when the Moon is fully illuminated and is at its brightest. Purnima comes on the 15th tithi of the bright half (Shukla paksh or waxing phase) of the lunar fortnight. The end of Purnima tithi marks the begining of 15 days of Krishna paksha (waning) phase of the Moon and also the beginning of the new month (with Pradipada tithi) in the purnimanta system of Hindu lunar calendar.

Next Purnima is on June 04, Sunday

June, 2023 Purnima tithi date & timing - Jun 03, 11:17 am to Jun 04, 9:11 am

Purnima in June, 2023 is Jyeshtha Purnima as it falls in the Hindu calendar month of Jyeshta. Vat Savitri Vrat or Vat Purnima is observed during this day. Kabir Jayanti and Deva snana purnima is also celebrated on this day.

Purnima is the time when the Moon is fully illuminated Image Source: Xinhua/Then Chih Wey/IANS

→ Full list of 2023 purnima dates

There are normally 12 Purnima days a year and each of them has their own significance. For many Hindus, Purnima is a spiritual day set aside for fasting and worship. Next Purnima, ie., Full moon in June, 2023 is on June 04, Sunday.

Festivals & Vrats on Purnima

The Purnima tithi is of great importance and is considered very auspicious and is therefore reserved for special worship, fasting, and other spiritual activities. Hindus believe that worships and prayers offered on this day brings good fortune and prosperity. Many temples and shrines and even households hold special pujas and other religious ceremonies to honor the full moon.

Purnima vrat, Uma Maheshwar vrat, Satyanarayan Puja, Guru Purnima, Vat Purnima, Kartik Purnima, Holi Festival, Hanuman jayanthi, Dattatreya Jayanti, Raksha Bandhan, Buddha Purnima etc are associated with full moons of various hindu lunar months.

Purnima tithi timing on June 04, Sunday

Purnima Tithi Start03 June, 2023 11:17 AM.
Purnima Tithi End04 June, 2023 09:11 AM.
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Purnima has a special place in many religions especially Hinduism. Hindu lunar calendar puts a lot of emphasis on the lunar cycle and Purnima is considered very auspicious and is especially good for worship and observing religious vows.

A Super Moon Image Source: Xinhua/Li Muzi

Pournami Days in a Year

So, how many Purnimas are there in a year? Typically there are 12 Full Moons in an English calendar. However, if there occurs a blue moon ie., when there are 2 full moons in one month, there can be up to 13 purnimas a year. During the past decade, year 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2018 witnessed Blue Moons. The next Blue Moon will occur in the month of October, 2020.

All Purnima dates in 2023 and Purnima Tithi End

Pausa Purnima
January 6th, Friday
Tithi Timing : Jan 06, 2:14 AM - Jan 07, 4:37 AM
Magha Purnima
February 5th, Sunday
Tithi Timing : Feb 04, 9:30 PM - Feb 05, 11:58 PM
Phalguna Purnima
March 7th, Tuesday
Tithi Timing : Mar 06, 4:17 PM - Mar 07, 6:10 PM
Chaitra Purnima
April 6th, Thursday
Tithi Timing : Apr 05, 9:19 AM - Apr 06, 10:04 AM
Vaisakha Purnima
May 5th, Friday
Tithi Timing : May 04, 11:44 PM - May 05, 11:04 PM
Jyeshta Purnima
June 4th, Sunday
Tithi Timing : Jun 03, 11:17 AM - Jun 04, 9:11 AM
Ashadha Purnima
July 3rd, Monday
Tithi Timing : Jul 02, 8:21 PM - Jul 03, 5:08 PM
Sravana Purnima
August 1st, Tuesday
Tithi Timing : Aug 01, 3:52 AM - Aug 02, 12:01 AM
Sravana Purnima
August 31st, Thursday
Tithi Timing : Aug 30, 10:58 AM - Aug 31, 7:05 AM
Bhadrapada Purnima
September 29th, Friday
Tithi Timing : Sep 28, 6:49 PM - Sep 29, 3:27 PM
Ashvina Purnima
October 28th, Saturday
Tithi Timing : Oct 28, 4:17 AM - Oct 29, 1:54 AM
Kartika Purnima
November 27th, Monday
Tithi Timing : Nov 26, 3:53 PM - Nov 27, 2:46 PM
Agrahayana Purnima
December 26th, Tuesday
Tithi Timing : Dec 26, 5:47 AM - Dec 27, 6:03 AM