Paush Purnima is a significant day in Hindu calendar. It marks the beginning of one month long austerity period which is observed during Magha month. In lunar calendar followed in North India Magha month starts from the next day of Paush Purnima.
During Magha Mahina people take early morning bath in the Ganga or in the Yamuna throughout the month. The tough winter season in North makes austerity period more difficult. The daily bathing starts from Paush Purnima and ends on Magha Purnima. It is believed that all charity work done during this time are fructified easily. Hence people offer charity to needy according to their capacity.
Importance of Paush Poornima
According to Vedic Astrology and Hindu beliefs, Paush is known to be the
month of Lord Sun. Worshipping him leads to salvation, which is why on this day, devotees in mass numbers take a holy dip and offer water to Lord Sun. Since this is said to be the month of Sun and Poornima as date of Moon, the mystic combination of Sun and Moon can be witnessed on Paush Poornima. Worshipping both Sun and Moon on this day results in blessings and wishes being fulfilled.
Fasting on Paush
Poornima and its Puja Vidhi
On the auspicious occasion of Paush Poornima, worshippers come together in one faith and bathe in holy water, do charity, chant and fast in order to attain salvation. Remembering Lord Sun on this day is said to be highly important. Fast and Puja Vidhi for Paush Poornima can be followed as mentioned:
1. Resolute for fasting before taking a holy bath.
2. Before taking a dip in the holy river, well or pool, bow before Varun Dev.
3. Offer holy water to Lord Sun while chanting mantras.
4. After that, worship Lord Madhusudan and offer him sacred bhog or Naivaidh.
5. Do charity by feeding a needy person or brahmin.
6. Things like laddoo, jaggery or gudh, woollen clothes and blankets must be included as charitable items.