Magh Purnima: An Important Legend Behind this Auspicious Day

Magh Purnima is an important event in the Hindu calendar. The day is often celebrated on the full moon day of the Magh month. On this day, people give donations and take a dip in the Ganga to wash away their sins. This month, the Magha Purnima will be celebrated today ( 19th February).

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Mythological beliefs state that on this day, Lord Vishnu himself descends on Earth to take a bath in the Ganga, further increasing the importance of the day.

Full moon starts: 19 February 2019, Tuesday 01:11
Full moon ends: 19 February 2019, Tuesday 21:23

As far as the religious beliefs go, after taking a dip in the Ganges before sunrise, one must worship the Sun God. This must be followed up with a donation to sadhus and saints.

Important legend in this regard:

According to a legend, there was once a Brahmin named Shubhavrat, who lived on the banks of the Narmada river. Dedicating his whole life to greed, he got very sick during the later stages of his life. It was then that he realized that his money-mindedness was not going to let him attain salvation.
He remembered the significance of bath in the Magh Month and took bath for 9 consecutive days in the waters of the Narmada. On the tenth day, although his health worsened and he died, it is believed that he attained Moksha.