According to the Hindu Calendar, Magha Purnima is an important day and it is falls on 31 January on this year. Moreover, the religious texts describe the glory of holy bath and austerity observed during Magha Purnima and even in the whole Magha month. It is believed that doing Charity and Bath in the holy water of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, on this day provides relief from sun and moon defects. Magh Mela is organized on the day of Magh Purnima. After bathing and Charity, devotees do worship and Hawan etc. On this day there is also a lunar eclipse or Chandra Garahan. The Purnima of Magh month is also called the Batti Purnima fast. According to the scriptures, the significance of food grains Charity and garments charity is considered on Magha Purnima. The importance of bathing on this day is that Lord Vishnu resides in Gangajal.
People take the early morning bath in the Ganga or in the Yamuna throughout the Magha month. The auspicious bathing is started from Paush Purnima and ends on Magha Purnima. Many people do charity to needy according to their capacity. Devotees believe that if they do Ganga bath on this day they will get moksha after death. According to Brahmavaveda Purana, it is believed that Lord Vishnu is Resides in the Kshir Sagar and the Ganga is considered to be the only form of the Kshir Sagar. Many Hindu Devotees observed Special Pujas like Satyanarayan puja on this day. Apart from that Sant Ravidas Jayanti is also observed on the day of Magha Purnima.
Magha Purnima time and Mahurat
Magh Purnima will begin on January 30, 2018, at 11.24 AM and end on January 31, 2018, at 6:30 PM
Magha Purnima Vrat Vidhi
First of all, take bath by adding some Ganga Water in the bathtub, before sunrise on this day. After bathing, offer Jal to the sun while pronouncing the Surya mantra. Then take a vow and worship Lord Madhusudan. Do charity to the poor and Brahmins during the day. Give black sesame seeds especially in a donation. Open the fast in the afternoon, after offering Jal to Moon.