Poornima 2016 Dates, When is Pooranmashi in 2016

Puranmashi or Purnima is the full moon day of the month. The day of Pooranmashi holds a great deal of importance in Hinduism as well as Sikhism. Fasting on the poornima day or taking bath in a holy river like Ganga, Yamuna etc. are considered auspicious. Many people also hold a Satyanarayan vrat or simply recite the Satyanarayan vrat katha on the day of puranmashi.

Pooranmashi Dates in 2016/Full Moon Dates in 2016 with Timings
Following are the Puranmashi dates in 2016 and Puranmashi time in 2016 but could vary by a day depending upon the locations:

When is Pooranmashi in January 2016?
Paush Purnima - January 23, 2016, Saturday
Time - 7:07 AM on January 23 to 6:48 AM on January 24.
Paush Purnima Vrat - January 23.

When is Purnima in Feburary 2016?
Magha Purnima - February 22, 2016, Monday
Time - 10:06 PM on Feb 21 to 10:54 PM on Feb 22
Magha Purnima Vrat  - February 22.

When is Purnima in March 2016?
Phalguna Purnima - March 23, 2016, Wednesday
Time  - 2:29 PM on March 22 to 4:07 PM on March 23
Phalguna Purnima Vrat - March 22.

When is Purnima in April 2016?
Chaitra Purnima - April 22, 2016, Friday
Time - 7:26 AM on April 21 to 9:51 AM on April 22
Chaitra Purnima Vrat - April 21

When is Purnima in May 2016?
Vaishakha Purnima or Buddha Purnima - May 21, 2016, Saturday
Time - 11:54 PM on May 20 to 1:44 AM on May 22
Vaishakha Purnima Fasting or Buddha Purnima Vrat - May 21

When is Purnima in June 2016?
Jyeshtha Purnima - June 20, 2016, Monday
Time - 2:56 PM on June 19 to 4:01 PM on June 20
Jyeshtha Purnima Vrat - June 19

When is Purnima in July 2016?
Ashadha Purnima or Guru Purnima - July 19, 2016, Tuesday
Time - 4:10 AM on July 19 to 4:17 AM on July 20
Ashadha/Guru Purnima Vrat - July 19

When is Purnima in August 2016?
Shravan Purnima August 18, 2016, Thursday
Time - 3:50 PM on August 17 to 3:01 PM on August 18
Shravan Purnima Vrat - August 17

When is Pooranmashi in September 2016?
Bhadrapada Purnima - September 16, 2016, Friday
Time - 2:22 AM on September 16 to 12:48 AM on September 17
Bhadrapada Purnima Vrat - September 16

When is Pooranmashi in October 2016?
Ashwin Purnima - October 16, 2016, Sunday
Time - 12:22 PM on October 15 to 10:15 PM on October 16
Ashwin Purnima Vrat - October 15.

When is Pooranmashi in November 2016?
Kartik Purnima or Guru Nanak Jayanti - November 14, 2016, Monday
Time - 10:16 PM on November 13 to 7:54 PM on November 14
Kartik Purnima Vrat - November 14.

When is Pooranmashi in December 2016?
Margashirsha Purnima - December 13, 2016, Tuesday
Time - 10:16 PM on November 13 to 7:54 PM on November 14
Margashirsha Purnima Vrat - December 13

We would update here for the Puranmashi Dates in 2017

Note: Fasting days on Purnima or Pournami could be different for locations to locations. One should make sure that the day he/she is fasting must be the Purnima day only. Poornima is called by the name of Pournami or Pournima in South India and fasting is called as Pournami Vratam.

Putrada Ekadashi 2017, Putrada Ekadasi

Putrada Ekadashi 2017, Putrada Ekadasi

Pausha Putrada Ekadashi 2017 Date is December 29 (Friday). Paush Ekadashi also known as Pausha Putrada Ekadashi and Putrada Ekadashi, is one of the important fast that is observed by devotee Hindus. Putrada Ekadashi is being observed so that they are blessed with a child. A child could be a male child or girl child. As all other ekadashi's, this pausha putra ekadashi is also dedicated to his highness Vishnu God. People who observe fast visit Vishnu temples in large numbers.

Putrada Ekadashi Meaning

Putrada in Sanskrit means “giver of son” means the couple or men/women who fast on this auspicious day of Lord Vishnu are blessed with a child or son. Childless couples fast on this special day so that they are blessed with a son and become proud parents or get the santaan sukh. The Putrada Ekadashi that comes in the month of January usually comes in the month of Pausha and thus called Pausha Putrada Ekadashi. There is also a Putrada Ekadashi that comes in the month of Shravana during July/August and thus known as Shravana Putrada Ekadashi. Both of these ekadashi's come in the Shukla paksh of Hindu calendar.

Putrada Ekadashi Fasting

Newly married couples are advised to fast on this day of Putrada Ekadasi and dedicate the whole day worshipping Vishnu God. As traditionally if blessed with a son is considered the blessing of the God as the son can perform various rites and is understood to take forward the name of his father and ancestors. This vrat is being observed by people who want to have a son since ages. But now the times have changed and childless couples want to have a son as well as a daughter or any of them.

Bhavishya Purana also mention about Putrada Ekadashi. Lord Krishna narrated King Yudhishthira about the ekadashi that all Hindus must observe the Ekadashi fast with deep respect and devotion to Vishnu God and surrender themselves to him, this will help in achieving salvation or moksha.

Importance of Putrada Ekadashi

Shri Krishna tells of Ekadashi Vratam in Narada Purana like this :

अश्वमेधसहस्राणिराजसूयशतानिच।  एकादश्युपवासस्यकलांनार्हन्तिशोडशीम्।। 

It means that not even thousand Ashvamedha Yagas or hundred Raja Suya Yagas could match the Ekadashi fast.

Legend of Pausha Putrada Ekadashi

There is a story available of Suketuman and his queen Shaibya. Both of them left for the forest extremely saddened by the lack of progeny. They come at Lake Manasarovar and visit one of seer's ashram on the day of Putrada Ekadashi. After getting the divine blessings of seers, the couple came back to Bhadravati. Fasting on the day of Putrada Ekadshi as advised by sages, the couple soon are blessed with a baby boy. So, the importance of Putrada Ekadashi is clearly visible. Therefore every childless couple or newly married couples must observe this putrada ekadashi vrat or fast.

Shravan Putrada Ekadashi date is August 22, 2018. In North India, Shravan month Putrada Ekadasi is also known as Pavitra Ekadasi or Pavitropana Ekadashi.

How to do Putrada Ekadashi Fasting

Couples who want to fast on this day of Putrada Ekadashi must follow some simple rules. They are as follows:
-Apply Yellow haldi or turmeric on the forehead of Sri Krishna and to yourself also.
-Offer Yellow flowers to Sri Krishna.
-Offer panchamrit made of milk, curd, honey, ganga jal, Desi ghee and 2 leaves of Tulsi to Sri Krishna on the day of ekadashi. You must offer tulsi leaves to Sri Krishna. Couples must take the panchamrit themselves only as a form of prasad.
-One must not eat eggs, non-veg, onion or garlic on the day before Ekadashi that is dashami tithi.
-One must abstain from getting mutually cosy or any type of indulgence and sensual satisfaction or intimacy.
-One must have a bath in the morning of Ekadashi day before keeping the fast.
-Vishnu god and especially the child Krishna or the Baal Gopal must be worshipped on this day of Ekadashi.
-The ekadashi fast is over only after offering 'arghya' to Vishnu god on the dwadashi day or the next day after Ekadashi.
-On the 12th day, the day after Ekadashi, one must feed the poor or brahmin and get his blessings and then break the fast and eat something.
-People who fast on the Putrada Ekadashi or any other Ekadashi must not eat food made of rice.
-You should not sleep for the whole night of ekadashi tithi and spend time in praying to Vishnu/Krishna god.

Putrada Ekadashi 2017 Date & Time

Ekadashi Tithi starts at 00:16 on 29th December 2017 and ends at 21:54 on 29th December 2017. On 30th December, 2017, the Parana time (time of breaking ekadashi fast on dwadashi tithi) is from 06:34 to 08:49 AM.

Mantras dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Krishna

-"Shri Krishna Govinda Hare Murari, He Nath Narayan Vasudeva"
-"Om Kleem Krishnaya Namah"
-Recite the "Vishnu Sahastranamam"
-"Om Namo Narayanaye"
-Extremely useful Santaan Gopal Mantra to be recited in front of Child Krishna

- "Om Kleem Devaki Sut Govind Vasudev Jagatpate, Dehi me Tanayam Krishna Twamaham Sharanam Gatah"

Note: One must not touch or drink water for atleast 10-15 minutes after reciting any mantra of any god or goddess.

Amavasya January 2016 Date

Amavasya in January 2016 Date

Amavasya January 2016 date is January 9 and January 10. Occuring in the month of Paush, it is known as Paush Amavasya. In western parts of India, the Amavasya date is on January 9. In most of the other regions, it is on January 10. The Amavasya starts at 7:39 AM on  January 9, 2016 and ends at 7:26 AM on January 10, 2016. If you want to fast for Amavasya, it must be performed on January 9, 2016 and if you are not fasting for the whole day, a single meal can be taken on the day. Check the full list of Amavasya dates in 2016

As this month January 2016 Amayasya is falling on Saturday, it is known as Shani Amavasya. Shani Shingnapur and Thirunallur Shani Temple, will see a large number of devotees thronging two of these famous Shani temples.

Amayasya Time in Western states of India like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and North Rajasthan
7:54 AM on  January 9, 2016 and ends at 7:00 AM on January 10, 2016
Shradh and Tarpan rituals can be undertaken on the morning of January 9, 2016.

Amavasya January 2016 Date and Timing:
Western parts of India - January 9, 2016, Saturday
Time - 7:54 AM on January 9, 2016 to 7:00 AM on January 10, 2016.

South, North and Eastern parts of India - January 10, 2016, Sunday.
Time - 7:29 AM on January 9, 2016 to 7:20 AM on January 10, 2016.

Amavasya 2016, Amavasya Dates 2016

Amavasya 2016, Amavasya Dates - 2016

In Hindu calendar, Amavasya is when there is no moon visible in the sky, also known as the darkest day of the month. Every month has a specific date according to Hindu lunar month when Amavasya falls. So, there are 12 amavasyas in a year. Amavasya Tithi has a lot of importance as many rituals including the donation to temple and poor is performed, the amavasya day is for the ancestors or the "pitr".  When Amavasya falls on any Monday, it is known as Somvati Amavasya and if it falls on any Saturday, it is known as Shani Amavasya.

Some people fast for the whole day, some take a single meal and some who do not perform are advised to stay away from non-veg, alcohol and even onion and garlic. Shraddha rituals for getting the blessings of ancestors or dead parents and family members and Kalasarpa Dosha puja can be performed on any Aamavasya.

The following are the 2016 Amavasya Days, the dates for Amavasya Calendar or the New Moon Days.

Date Day Amavasya
09 - January - 2016 Saturday Paush Amavasya
08 - February - 2016 Monday Magha Amavasya
09 - March - 2016 Wednesday Phalguna Amavasya
07 - April - 2016 Thursday Chaitra Amavasya
06 - May - 2016 Friday Vaishakha Amavasya
05 - June - 2016 Sunday Jyeshtha Amavasya
04 - July - 2016 Monday Ashadha Amavasya
02 - August - 2016 Tuesday Shravana Amavasya
01 - September - 2016 Thursday Bhadrapada Amavasya
30 - September - 2016 Friday Ashwin Amavasya
30 - October - 2016 Sunday Kartik Amavasya
29 - November - 2016 Tuesday Margashirsha Amavasya
29 - December - 2016 Thursday Paush Amavasya

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