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Paush Purnima


Paush Poornima is the full moon day in the Hindu month of Paush (December – January). It is an important bathing date in the famous Allahabad Magh Mela. Paush Purnima 2019 date is January 21.

On the occasion of Paush Purnima, thousands of people converge at the temple town of Prayag (Allahabad) for the holy bath at Sangam – the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers. Heavy rush is witnessed in Hindu temples across India on the day.

It is believed that taking the holy bath on Paush Purnima at the Sangam or in other holy rivers will cleanse the sins of this birth and of previous births and thereby attain ‘moksha’ – escape from the unending cycle of birth and rebirth and dissolving with Brahman.

Paush Purnima Mantra

क्षीरपुत्राय विद्महे अमृत तत्वाय धीमहि, तन्नो चन्द्र: प्रचोदयात

Om Sheraputraya Vidmahe Amrit Tatwaya Deemahi Tanno Chandra Prachodayat

This mantra should be chanted 108 times on sighting the moon in the evening.

What to do on Paush Purnima?


  • Get up early in the morning.
  • Take bath
  • Offer prayers to Ganesha in the mind.
  • Wear yellow color dress.
  • Light a lamp in puja room or anywhere you prefer using cow ghee.
  • Chant the mantra 'Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya' (ॐ नमो भगवाते वासुदेवाय )108 times.
  • Offer prayers to Vishnu, Lakshmi, and Hanuman.
  • Donate food to poor children on the day.
  • Feed a cow with green grass or banana.