What is Purnima? The tithi of Purnima holds a special place in the Hindu calendar as well as Indian astrology. The day of the full moon, it is considered auspicious in Hindu religion. Many devotees observe a fast on the day of Purnima, which occurs each month. Observing Purnima Vrat is said to bestow the devotee with many benefits.
They are also called as the title of the Vedas, on this full moon day, sarpanis and ancestors should be paid. If a person or a woman fasts on this full moon, then even if they have forgotten the Vedic deeds, then the attainment and virtue of the deeds are attained from them. Worshiping Lord Vishnu on this full moon day of the day of defense management, it is considered very auspicious to offer a gift of mustard and akshata in red cloth in Dakshina, after having tied a thread of rakhi to the Brahmin and getting them fed.
The original Udyapan method, as per traditional Hindu mythology, called for an invitation to feed 21 Brahmins. Since that is a tough procedure, Hindu priests today advise performing the Purnima Vrat Udyapan as per one’s convenience.
One might organize a huge puja, invite a priest and organize a feast for family and friends. In such a Puja, the priest carries out the entire Puja.
Purnima Vrat Udyapan Vidhi
To begin Purnima Vrat, it is advisable to wake up before sunrise and take a dip in a sacred river, if possible. After this, one should offer prayers to Lord Vishnu or Lord Shiva. There is no set Puja for this fast, but it is recommended that the auspicious Satyanarayan Puja should be performed. This Puja is performed on important occasions like the start of a new venture, wedding, housewarming etc to thank Lord Vishnu and seek his blessings.
Satyanarayan Puja begins with a prayer to Lord Ganesha and chanting of the Vishnu Sahasranamam Shloka. One can also chant more Shlokas and then offer Milk porridge sprinkled with some saffron, dry fruits, and exotic fruits along with betel leaves, etc to the deity. One should recite the Satyanarayan Vrat Katha before concluding the Puja.