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 13 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 2020 dates
Sunday, 9 February 2020 – Magh Purnima Vrat (Pournami in Thai Masam)
Monday, 9 March 2020 – Phalgun Purnima Vrat (Holi Festival) (Pournami in Maasi Masam)
Tuesday/Wednesday, 7-8 April 2020 – Chaitra Purnima Vrat (Hanuman Jayanti) (Pournami in Panguni Masam)
Thursday, 7 May 2020 – Vaishakha Purnima Vrat (Pournami in Chithirai Masam)
Friday, 5 June 2020 – Jyeshta Purnima Vrat (Pournami in Vaigasi Masam)
Saturday/Sunday, 4-5 July 2020 – Ashada Purnima Vrat (Guru Purnima) (Pournami in Aani Masam)
Monday, 3 August 2020 – Shravana Purnima Vrat (Rakshabandhan Festival) (Pournami in Aadi Masam)
Tuesday/Wednesday, 1-2 September 2020 – Bhadrapada Purnima Vrat (Pournami in Aavani Masam)
Thursday, 1 October 2020 – Adhik Ashwin Purnima (Adhik Maas Purnima Vrat) (Pournami in Purattasi Masam)
Saturday, 31 October 2020 – Ashwin Purnima Vrat (Kojagari Lakshmi Vrat) (Pournami in Aippasi Masam)
Sunday/Monday, 29-30 November 2020 – Kartik Purnima Vrat (Pournami in Karthikai Masam)
Tuesday/Wednesday, 29-30 December 2020 – Margashirsha Purnima Vrat (Dattatreya Jayanti) (Pournami in Margali Masam)