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Margashirsha Purnima
 

About 2016 Margashirsha Purnima

Margashirsha Purnima On 
25th January 2016 (Friday)
 

Margashirsha Purnima - Celebrating the Auspicious Day

Margashirsha Purnima is a very famous Hindu festival dedicated to Vishnu, DattatreyaDattatreyaDattatreya
Dattatreya is a Hindu deity who has the virtues of all the three Supreme Gods of Hindu,...
and Chandra. The name Margashirsha Purnima consists of two Sanskrit words – “Margashirsha” which signifies the ninth month of the Hindu calendar which according to the Gregorian calendar is from November to December; and “Purnima” which means “full moon day”. According to various religious texts and scriptures, Margashirsha Purnima is regarded as one of the most auspicious days in Hinduism. The festival holds a great significance among the worshippers and devotees of the deities and is celebrated throughout the world with great devotion and joy. 
 
Legends

There are many Vedic references and texts which state that once there was a sage named Atri. He married Anasuya who was a very pious and religious woman. Anasuya wanted to have a son equally meritorious to BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)...
, VishnuVishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
and Shiva, also known together as Trimurtis. She then performed severe austerities and offered prayers to please the deities. Her devotion and sincerity towards the gods was unflappable. And as such SaraswatiSaraswatiSaraswati
The name Saraswati is a combination of two Sanskrit words...
, LakshmiLakshmiLakshmi
Lakshmi is a Hindu goddess who is regarded as the ultimate deity of wealth...
and ParvatiParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva...
, known together as Tridevis, and wives of Brahma, Vishnu and ShivaShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
respectively, started to envy her. They sent their husbands down to earth to test the purity of Anasuya. The Trimurtis approached Anasuya disguised as ascetics. The ascetics asked her to provide charity to them naked. Anasuya was shocked by their words. But after a while she began meditating and chanted a special Mantra. A group of sacred words chanted in order to gain something, be it materialistic pleasures or peaceful mind She then sprinkled water on the three ascetics turning them into infants. She then fed her breast milk to the babies naked. When AtriAtriAtri
Atri is one of the sons of Brahma (God of creation) who is believed to have born from...
returned home Anasuya told him everything. Atri already knew everything beforehand because of his divine powers. He then approached towards the three babies and hugged them. The three babies then transformed into a single child with three heads and six arms. Atri and Anasuya regarded the baby as their own and nurtured him. When the Trimurtis did not return from the earth the Tridevis began to worry. They then approached Anasuya and pleaded to her to return their husbands to them. Anasuya then agreed to do it. As soon as she agreed, the gods appeared in their divine form before the couple and blessed with a son named Dattatreya who was equal in merits to the three gods. It is believed that Dattatreya was born on Margashirsha Purnima.

Another legend states that on this day ChandraChandraChandra
The name Chandra originated from Sanskrit, meaning ‘the illustrious one’...
was blessed by the gods with the gift of Amrit. The term ‘Amrit’ is used for the water or nectar of immortality. The word was used in Rigveda for the nectar which is drunk by Gods to gain immortality. It was one of the outcomes of samudra manthan. There was a curse on gods by Durvasa because of which they started becoming mortal and then they needed this drink for immortality. Later on the water which is given as prasadam to devotees in the temples is also called Amrit as it is believed to be blessed by Gods. It is the holy water which is sweet-tasting. It is consumed in the name of the God. They blessed Chandra that he would live as long as the world will exist. They also blessed Chandra that he would spread his brilliance and radiance in the form of light to the world.

Rituals

On the day of Margashirsha Purnima, people are supposed to wake up early in the morning and take bath in a nearby river or pond. They are supposed to take leaves or roots of tulsi with them and hold them while bathing. Taking bath or a dip in the holy river GangaGangaGanga
According to Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu in one of....
is believed to be of great significance as it is believed to provide the person with the benefits of one million holy baths. The most ardent devotees of observe fast for the whole day and perform meditation and reading of religious texts and scriptures, especially, Satya Narayana Katha. At night people worship and offer their prayers to the moon and break their fasts.
 
Beliefs and Significance

Margashirsha Purnima is a very special festival which reaps great rewards for the devotees. Margashirsha Purnima is also known as Battisi Purnima. The word “Battisi” means “related to thirty two”. This is because celebrating and worshipping on Margashirsha Purnima is believed to provide the devotees thirty two times the benefits they could achieve on other days. What has now become a scientific fact has been stated in Vedas Four ancient texts constituting the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduisma very long time ago that the change in the phases of the moon leads to change in the gravitational pull by it and, consequently, affects the behavior and temperament of the living beings on the earth. It has been proven that people tend to be short tempered and show irregularities in their behavior on full moon days. As such it is advised to indulge in meditation as it hinders the bursts of anger and keeps a person calm and composed. The energies are believed to intensify manifold on this day and as such involvement in positive activities brings out great positivity for oneself.

Observing fasts once in a while has been recommended by medical practitioners as a way to achieve good health. This is due to the fact that fasting provides rest to the digestive system of the body and gives time for the stomach muscles to relax and spew out the toxins of the body. Margashirsha Purnima marks the opportunity for the devotees to achieve material as well as spiritual benefits and even moksha. The festival symbolizes purity, simplicity, religiousness and sacrifice – the greatest aspects of humans.
 


 



 

 
 
 

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