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Significance of Poornima or Full Moon day in India

Purnima, or Poornima, is the full moon day in traditional Hindu calendar. In a lunar calendar, followed in India, Poornima marks the end of a month and is considered a highly auspicious day by Hindus and some people in India even fast on Poornima. Many important rituals and festivals take place on Purnima. In South India, the day is known as Pournami. Poornima Fasting:

 

 

How to fast during Poornima:

The Purnima Fasting begins at Sunrise and ends after seeing the Moon. Most people only take food after seeing the moon or after evening prayers, however, the rules of Poornima fasting are not that strict. One may take food at one time during the day but WITHOUT SALT. The remaining day, one may eat fruits and nuts and milk, but MUST not eat (cereals or pulses - anaaj) and salt. Satyanarayana or Satya Narayana Puja is an  important Pooja performed on the Purnima day.

In some places in South India, the Pournami Vratam is dedicated to Devi, Mother Goddess.

Now you must be thinking what are the dates of Poornima fasting in 2011? Here we go: 

 

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