Today is Vaishakh Purnima. This Purnima or Full Moon day is regarded as one of the most auspicious days when people like to do special pujas at home for specific purposes, engage in charity work, move into new homes, and other things that are important. Vaishakha is a sacred month and Hindu devotees offer prayers to Lord Vishnu on the day of Vaishakh Purnima. Many people also perform Satyanarayana Puja at home on this day. Vaishakha Purnima also coincides with Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse today but people from most parts of the country will not be able to see it. According to the drikpanchang.com, Sutak or rules and rituals for Chandra Grahan won't apply.
When is Vaishakha Purnima?
Vaishakha Purnima is celebrated on the Full Moon day in the month of Vaishakha. According to the Gregorian calendar, the day usually falls in May or June. The purnima tithi or time began at 8:29 PM on May 25 and ended at 4:43 PM on May 26.
What is the significance of Vaishaka Purnima?
According to Hindu religious scriptures, the day is of immense significance. On this day, Buddha Purnima or the birth of Gautama Buddha is also celebrated. Devotees of Lord Vishnu, believe that worshipping the god and engaging in dan or charity brings abundance, peace and prosperity in their lives. People also observe a fast on Vaishakha Purnima.
How to do Vaishakha Purnima puja at home?
- On the day of Vaishakh Purnima, devotees wake up before sunrise and take a bath.
- People fast on the day till the purnima tithi is over.
- The alter at home is cleaned and decorated with yellow flowers, incense and diya.
- Prayers are offered to the household deity or a photo of Lord Vishnu.
- People also prefer to do Satyanarayana Puja on Vaishakha Purnima.
- Devotees chant the Satyanarayana Katha during the puja.
- A special offering made of milk, ghee, honey, jaggery, coconut and semolina is placed at the alter before Lord Vishnu or Satyanarayana.
- Sandalwood paste, betel nuts and leaves and fruits are also offered to the god.
- After moonrise, devotees worship the Moon and offer Arghya.