Purnima Tithi Begins = 07:30 on 23/Jan/2016
Purnima Tithi Ends = 07:15 on 24/Jan/2016
Paush Purnima is a vital day in Hindu calendar. It marks the beginning of one-month long penance period which is held during Magha month. In traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India, Magha month begin from the next day of Paush Purnima.
During Magha month, people wake up in an early morning and take a bath in the river Ganga or in the Yamuna river throughout the month. In Hindu community, the day is considered highly auspicious and some communities keep Vrat or Fast (Purnima fasting) from sunrise to sunset on the day. It is believed that all charity work or dana (giving) is an important part of one’s Hindu dharma done during this time are fructified easily.
The holy dip at Dashashwamedh Ghat at Varanasi and Triveni Sangam at Prayag is considered highly auspicious and important on Paush Purnima day. It is believed that the holy dip on the significant day of Paush Purnima liberates the soul from the continuous cycle of the birth and the death.
Shakambari Jayanti is also held during Paush Purnima. The followers of ISKCON and Vaishnava Sampradaya start Pushyabhishek Yatra on this day.
In Chhattisgarh, people living in rural part celebrate Charta festival on this Push Purnima Day.