Purnima (Hindi:पूर्णिमा/पूर्णचंद्र, Telugu:పూర్ణిమ/పౌర్ణమి, Malayalam:പൗർണമി/പൂർണ്ണചന്ദ്രൻ, Tamil:பூர்ணிமா/முழு நிலவு) also spelled Poornima means 'night or day of Full Moon'. It is the time when the Moon is fully illuminated. 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.

Next Purnima is on March 28, Sunday

Purnima tithi timing - Mar 28, 3:27 am to Mar 29, 12:18 am

Purnima in the month of March is Phalguna Purnima as it falls in the Hindu lunar calendar month of Phalguna. Phalgun purnima marks the end of Holashtak and the start of 2 day Holi festival. The eve of Holi or Holika Dahan is observed on this day.

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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 March, 2021 is on March 28, Sunday.

Festivals & Vrats on Purnima

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 March 28, Sunday

Purnima Tithi Start28 March, 2021 03:27 AM.
Purnima Tithi End29 March, 2021 12:18 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.

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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 2021 and Purnima Tithi End

Pausa Purnima
January 28th, Thursday
Tithi Timing : Jan 28, 1:17 AM - Jan 29, 12:46 AM
Magha Purnima
February 27th, Saturday
Tithi Timing : Feb 26, 3:50 PM - Feb 27, 1:47 PM
Phalguna Purnima
March 28th, Sunday
Tithi Timing : Mar 28, 3:27 AM - Mar 29, 12:18 AM
Chaitra Purnima
April 27th, Tuesday
Tithi Timing : Apr 26, 12:44 PM - Apr 27, 9:01 AM
Vaisakha Purnima
May 26th, Wednesday
Tithi Timing : May 25, 8:30 PM - May 26, 4:43 PM
Jyeshta Purnima
June 24th, Thursday
Tithi Timing : Jun 24, 3:32 AM - Jun 25, 12:09 AM
Ashadha Purnima
July 24th, Saturday
Tithi Timing : Jul 23, 10:43 AM - Jul 24, 8:06 AM
Sravana Purnima
August 22nd, Sunday
Tithi Timing : Aug 21, 7:00 PM - Aug 22, 5:31 PM
Bhadrapada Purnima
September 20th, Monday
Tithi Timing : Sep 20, 5:28 AM - Sep 21, 5:24 AM
Ashvina Purnima
October 20th, Wednesday
Tithi Timing : Oct 19, 7:03 PM - Oct 20, 8:26 PM
Kartika Purnima
November 19th, Friday
Tithi Timing : Nov 18, 12:00 PM - Nov 19, 2:27 PM
Agrahayana Purnima
December 19th, Sunday
Tithi Timing : Dec 18, 7:24 AM - Dec 19, 10:05 AM

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