What is Full Moon?
Full Moon also called as Purnima or Pournami is the fifteenth day of the lunar phase, as moon reaches the final stage in the Waxing period (Sukla Paksha). The Moon casts its embellishing radiance upon Earth throughout the day for 24 hours.
Significance of Full Moon Day
A full moon day is considered the most auspicious to start any task, vrat or traditional ritual. This day is completely endowed upon with the divine blessings of Goddesses Saraswati, Parvati and Lakshmi, as their power is at its peak on this day. Performing Vrat (Fasting) on a Full Moon day and propitiating these powerful Goddesses can help you receive abundant prosperity and wellness blessing. Goddess Parvati blesses you with beauty, courage and valor. Goddess Saraswati instills the power of knowledge, art, music and dance. Goddess Lakshmi bestows plentiful wealth, fulfills worldly desires and joy.
Scientifically, the location of the Moon with respect to the Earth exerts a different magnetic pull on the planet on this day and this results in a natural upsurge of upward movement in one’s body. The blood circulation to your brain is increased and it is also believed that whatever is one’s inherent quality becomes more enhanced on this day. Full Moon day is the ideal time to pray for our pithrus (ancestors) for their deliverance.
Benefits of Fasting on Full Moon Day
Keeping fast on a full moon day is called Pournami Vrat, which starts in the morning and ends at the sight of the Full Moon. The following blessing can be enjoyed while keeping Full Moon day fasting:
- Cleanse your physical body system and also elevates spiritual conscience
- Receive the blessing of abundant prosperity, health and wealth
- Considered the best time to involve in meditation and augment positive thoughts in your mind
- Balance the body metabolism by controlling acid content and improves digestion
- Enhance control over your body system and gain balance over your emotions and thoughts
Special Occasions on Full Moon Day
Pournami or Full Moon day is generally considered auspicious for fasting and calling upon the Powerful Goddess Trinity (Goddess Parvati, Lakshmi and Saraswati) or your favorite deity. In particular, keeping full Moon fast in the Tamil Months of Chithirai (Apr – May), Aadi (Jul – Aug), Karthigai (Nov – Dec), Vaikasi (May – Jun) and Maasi (Feb – Mar) are considered more auspicious.
Chitra Purnima, also called as Chitra Pournami, is a day dedicated to Chitragupta, the bookkeeper of deeds and the assistant of Lord Yama (God of Death). Fasting on this sacred day can cleanse all your sins. People usually plan to take a sacred walk on this day around Thiruvannamalai (Holy Mountain of fire), where Lord Shiva is the presiding deity.
The day is also dedicated to Lord Indra, commemorating the historical event of Lord Indra worshipping Lord Shiva in Earth to relieve him from all his sins. This was believed to have happened on Chitra Pournami in Madurai, South India. On this day, Devendra Pooja is conducted in Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple.
Full Moon day in the month of Aadi or Ashadha (Jul – Aug) is also celebrated as Guru Poornima, marking the birthday of the ancient sage Vyasa.
The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.