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Margashirsha Purnima

Margashirsha Purnima Festivals of India is falling in the month of Margashirsha and this month is regarded as a month of dedication. Margashirsha Purnima is also famous as Dattatreya Jayanti. Lord Dattatreya was born on this Purnima during Pradosh Kal. According to the Ancient Holy Scriptures, Lord Dattatreya is called as an avatar (incarnation) of the Trimurti i.e Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

Planet Moon is worshiped on the day of Margashirsha Purnima Puja as the moon was blessed with Amrit on this day. In the Hindu texts, Margashirsha month was referred as ‘Maasonam Margashirshoham’ by Krishna himself denoting that there is no month that is more auspicious than Margashirsha. On this day believers perform holy bath in the sacred rivers and also worship Lord Vishnu devotedly. Margashirsha Purnima Vrat on the day of this Purnima grant fulfilment of all wishes.

Margashirsha Purnima Date & Time:

13 December 2016 / Tuesday

Tithi Begins:  13-Dec-2016 09:16 AM

Tithi Ends:    14-Dec-2016 05:35 AM

03 December 2017 / Sunday

Tithi Begins:  03-Dec-2017 00:57 AM

Tithi Ends:    03-Dec-2017 09:18 PM

22 December 2018 / Saturday

Tithi Begins:  22-Dec-2018 02:09 AM

Tithi Ends:    22-Dec-2018 11:18 PM

In South India mainly, special rituals are held in various temples dedicated to Lord Dattatreya. According to the Hindu classics, 24 Masters taught God Dattatreya and gave him knowledge of Various Shastra. The Datta community is said to have originated because of him. Several temples are dedicated to him, but are more prominent in Southern India. In a few regions, Margashirsha Purnima is also referred as Udyatithi Purnima’, Korala Purnima’, ‘Naraka Purnima’, ‘Battissi Purnima’, ‘or ‘Margashirsha Poonam’.  

On Margashirsha Purnima, believer wake up early morning and perform the ritual bath with the roots of Tulsi plant. It is believed that on this auspicious day taking a holy dip in the Ganga River is considered very beneficial. Worshipper also keep Margashirsha Purnima Fasting on this day to please their ‘Ishta Devatas’.

 By fasting on this day and reciting the ‘Satyanarayana Katha’ can reduce all difficulties in life. It is believed that Daan (donation) on Margashirsha Purnima gives auspicious results. Donations can be in the form of new clothes, money or food. Therefore, Margashirsha Purnima is also referred as Battisi Purnima.

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