15|16 January 2014 is Purnima Vrat (Paush Purnima). Most of the devotees observe Purnima on 16 January than 15th as Purnima prevails during Sunrise on 16th only.
It is also known as Shakambari Purnima or Shakambari Jayanti. Magh Snan begins on Poush Pournima day in North India. Pushyabhishek Yatra is one of the popular rituals performed on this Purnima in Sri Krishna temples all around the world (ISKCON temples).
Purnima January 2014 Timings
Purnima begins on 7.50 AM on 15th January and ends on 10.21 AM on 16th January.
Purnima in January 2014 is also celebrated as Thai Pournami in Tamil Nadu. It falls in Makara Masam of Malayalam calendar and Magh Month of Bengali Panjika.
Purnima of 16 January 2014 also coincides with Gurupushyamrit Yoga (Guru Pushya Nakshatra / Guru Pushya Nakshatra). It is considered as very auspicious day.
On this day, Poush Navratri or Shakambari Navratri culminates in Shakambari temples all around India. Banashankari Navratri festival is held at Badami Banashankari Temple in Karnataka from Banadashtami to Pousha Purnima.
Poush Purnima marks the end of Poush month in North India and on the next day Magh month starts.
It also marks the beginning of Magh Mela in Allahabad Prayag Sangam. Magh Mela ends on Mahashivaratri festival.