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.

The upcoming 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.

Next Purnima is on March 09, Monday

Purnima tithi timing - Mar 09, 3:04 am to Mar 09, 11:17 pm

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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, 2020 is on March 09, Monday.

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 09, Monday

Purnima Tithi Start09 March, 2020 03:04 AM.
Purnima Tithi End09 March, 2020 11:17 PM.
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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 2020 and Purnima Tithi End

Pausa Purnima
January 10th, Friday
Tithi Timing : Jan 10, 2:34 AM - Jan 11, 12:51 AM
Magha Purnima
February 9th, Sunday
Tithi Timing : Feb 08, 4:02 PM - Feb 09, 1:03 PM
Phalguna Purnima
March 9th, Monday
Tithi Timing : Mar 09, 3:04 AM - Mar 09, 11:17 PM
Chaitra Purnima
April 8th, Wednesday
Tithi Timing : Apr 07, 12:01 PM - Apr 08, 8:04 AM
Vaisakha Purnima
May 7th, Thursday
Tithi Timing : May 06, 7:45 PM - May 07, 4:15 PM
Jyeshta Purnima
June 5th, Friday
Tithi Timing : Jun 05, 3:16 AM - Jun 06, 12:42 AM
Ashadha Purnima
July 5th, Sunday
Tithi Timing : Jul 04, 11:34 AM - Jul 05, 10:14 AM
Sravana Purnima
August 3rd, Monday
Tithi Timing : Aug 02, 9:29 PM - Aug 03, 9:28 PM
Bhadrapada Purnima
September 2nd, Wednesday
Tithi Timing : Sep 01, 9:39 AM - Sep 02, 10:52 AM
Ashvina Purnima
October 1st, Thursday
Tithi Timing : Oct 01, 12:26 AM - Oct 02, 2:35 AM
Ashvina Purnima
October 31st, Saturday
Tithi Timing : Oct 30, 5:46 PM - Oct 31, 8:19 PM
Kartika Purnima
November 30th, Monday
Tithi Timing : Nov 29, 12:48 PM - Nov 30, 2:59 PM
Agrahayana Purnima
December 30th, Wednesday
Tithi Timing : Dec 29, 7:54 AM - Dec 30, 8:58 AM

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