Shravan Purnima or Shravana Pournami, the Poornima day in Shravan month (July – August), is one of the most auspicious days as per Hinduism. Many auspicious pujas and rituals are observed during Sravana Purnima. In 2013, Shravan Purnima date is August 20.
On the day of Shravan Purnima, Raksha bandhan is celebrated as a fond commemoration of sacred relationship between sisters and brothers. This festival is also popular as Rakhi Pournami. On Shravan Pournami, Lord Hayagriva avatar was first appeared so the day is also observed as Hayagriva Jayanti or Hayagreeva Uthpatthi.
Shravan Pournami Pujas and rituals in South Indian States
During Sravana Purnima, Upakarma (auspicious occasion in Brahmin sects) is performed in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala, in some parts of Orissa. In Tamilnadu and Kerala Upakarma ritual is known as Avani Avittam. In Andhra Pradesh, the ritual of changing scared thread (Jandhyam or Yagnopaveetham) is observed on Shravana Purnima, which is also known as Jandhyala Purnima or Jandyala Punnami. In Karnataka, this ritual is known as Upakarma.
Sravana Poornima Pujas and rituals in North Indian States
Narali Purnima or Nariyal Purnima is observed on Shravana Poornima day in Maharashtra. This day is known as Akshar Purnima in the state of Gujarat. Pavitropana, a special ritual, is performed on Shravana Purnima in some Western Indian regions. In Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar, the day is known as Kajri Purnima or Kajari Poornima.
On the day of Shravan Purnima, Saptarshis or the seven divine saints are worshipped. Arundhathi is also worshipped during Shravana Poornima. Shravan Pournami is also called as Shravani or Sravani festival.
Yatra or fairs on Shravan Purnima
Sawan Purnima is an auspicious occasion to conclude any yatras. On the Full moon day in Sawan month, Amarnath Yatra is concluded. Jhulan Yatra or Jhoola Festival or Jhulna Festival is also culminated on this day.
In 2012, Sawan poornima date was August 2.