Magh Purnima, or Magha Poornima, also known as Maghi Purnima or Magha Pournami, is the Full Moon day in Magh month. In 2018, Maghi Purnima date is January 31.
It is considered as auspicious bathing day during Magh Mela and Kumbh Mela. This also marks the conclusion of Magha month in North India.
Magh Poornima has same significance as that of Kartik Purnima, for spiritual practice. Upvaas is observed on the day and charities or food and clothes are done.
Pitru Tharpan is also performed on Magh Purnima. Hindus perform tharpan rites after taking holy dip in rivers. Prayag sangam, Varanasi (Kasi), Gaya, Rameshwaram and Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, and Antarvedi and Draksharamam in Andhra Pradesh are best places to perform Punya Snan and Pitru tharpan for dead ancestors. This is the last day for Magh mela held at Prayag Sangam at Allahabad. Most of the Kalpavasis return to their places on Magh Purnima.
On Magh Purnima day, tremendous festivals take place at along the banks of the holy rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Sarayu, Narmada, Tapti, Kaveri, Krishna, Godavari etc. As per some legends, Goddess Parvati Devi, and Bruhaspati (Guru) are worshipped on Maha Maghi day.
In 2017, Maghi Purnima date was February 10.
In 2016, Maghi Purnima date was February 22.
In 2015, Maghi Purnima date was February 3.
In 2014, Maghi Purnima date was February 14.
In 2013, Maghi Purnima date was February 25. Magh Purnima 2012 date was 7 February 2012, Tuesday.