Purnima is the Full Moon day in Hindu Astrology. Also known as Pournami, Puranmashi, Poonam, Veluthu Vavu, Hunnime, Purnima falls on the fifteenth day in Shukla Paksha in a month of Hindu calendar.
Purnima day is known for its spiritual importance and significance. In 2020, there are 12 Purnima days.
Many special pujas are performed in various temples on Poornima day and many important festivals are celebrated on Poornima. Arunachala Girivalam (Giri Pradakshinam at Arunachala Temple, Thiruvannamalai), Giri Pradakshina at Simhachalam Appanna Temple, Giri Pradakshina at Vijayawada Kanakadurga Temple, Purnima Parikrama at some temples in North Indian Temples, Pournami Chandi Yagam, Pournami Satyanarayana Vratham are some of the famous rituals observed on Purnima day.
Falguna Purnima, Chaitra Purnima, Jyeshta Purnima, Guru Purnima, Rakhi Purnima, Kojagari Purnima and Kartik Purnima are well known festivals among Hindu communities.
Purnima 2021 dates
Saturday, 27 February 2021 – Magh Purnima Vrat
Sunday, 28 March 2021 – Phalgun Purnima Vrat (Holi Festival)
Monday|Tuesday, 26|27 April 2021 – Chaitra Purnima Vrat (Hanuman Jayanti)
Wednesday, 26 May 2021 – Vaishakha Purnima Vrat
Thursday, 24 June 2021 – Jyeshta Purnima Vrat
Friday|Saturday, 23|24 July 2021 – Ashada Purnima Vrat (Guru Purnima)
Sunday, 22 August 2021 – Shravana Purnima Vrat (Rakshabandhan Festival)
Monday, 20 September 2021 – Bhadrapada Purnima Vrat
Wednesday, 20 October 2021 – Ashwin Purnima Vrat (Kojagari Lakshmi Vrat)
Thursday|Friday, 18|19 November 2021 – Kartik Purnima Vrat
Saturday|Sunday, 18|19 December 2021 – Margashirsha Purnima Vrat (Dattatreya Jayanti)