Purnima, Amavasya, and Ekadashi Dates for 2017-2018

Janai Purnima or Raksha Bandhan Festival 2017 Nepal
Janai Purnima or Raksha Bandhan Festival.

 

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Purnima, the full moon day, is considered auspicious in the Hindu Calendar, and most devotees fast throughout the day and pray to the presiding deity, Lord Vishnu. Only after a whole day of fasting, prayers and a dip in the river do they take light food at dusk.

It is ideal to fast or take light food on a full moon and new moon days, as it is said to reduce the acidic content in our systems, slow down the metabolic rates and increase endurance. This restores the body and mind balance. Praying also helps in subduing the emotions and controls outbursts of temper.

Auspicious Purnima Dates for 2018–2019

2018

  • 1 January, Monday—Paush Purnima
  • 31 January, Wednesday—Magha Purnima
  • 1 March, Thursday—Phalguna Purnima
  • 10 April, Tuesday—Chaitra Purnima
  • 10 May, Saturday—Vaishakha Purnima
  • 9 June, Saturday—Jyeshtha Purnima
  • 9 July, Monday—Ashadha Purnima 
  • 7 August, Monday—Shravana Purnima
  • 6 September, Thursday—Bhadrapada Purnima
  • 5 October, Friday—Ashwin Purnima
  • 4 November, Sunday—Kartik Purnima
  • 3 December, Monday—Margashirsha Purnima

2019

  • 21 January, Monday—Paush Purnima
  • 19 February, Tuesday—Magha Purnima
  • 21 March, Thursday—Phalguna Purnima
  • 19 April, Friday—Chaitra Purnima
  • 18 May, Saturday—Vaishakha Purnima
  • 17 June, Monday—Jyeshtha Purnima
  • 16 July, Tuesday—Ashadha Purnima 
  • 15 August, Thursday—Shravana Purnima
  • 14 September, Saturday—Bhadrapada Purnima
  • 13 October, Sunday—Ashwin Purnima
  • 12 November, Tuesday—Kartik Purnima
  • 12 December, Thursday—Margashirsha Purnima

Amavasya or New Moon Dates for 2018–2019

The Hindu calendar follows the lunar month, and Amavasya, the new moon night, falls at the beginning of the new lunar month that lasts for about 30 days. Most Hindus observe a fast on that day and offer food to their ancestors.

According to Garuda Purana (Preta Khanda), Lord Vishnu is believed to have said that the ancestors come to their descendants on Amavasya to partake of their food, and if nothing is offered to them they are displeased.

So, Hindus prepare 'Shraddha' (food) and await their ancestors. Many festivals like Diwali are observed on this day, too. Amavasya marks a new beginning. Devotees vow to accept the new with optimism as new moon ushers in the hope of a new dawn; local calendar dates for the new moons will vary.

2018

  • 16 January, Tuesday—Magha Amavasya
  • 15 February, Thursday—Phalguna Amavasya
  • 17 March, Saturday—Chaitra Amavasya
  • 15 April, Sunday - Vaishakha Amavasya
  • 15 May, Tuesday—Jyeshtha Amavasya
  • 13 June, Wednesday—Ashadha Amavasya
  • 12 July, Thursday—Shravana Amavasya
  • 11 August, Saturday—Bhadrapada Amavasya
  • 9 September, Sunday—Ashwin Amavasya
  • 8 October, Monday—Kartik Amavasya
  • 7 November, Wednesday—Margashirsha Amavasya
  • 7 December, Friday—Paush Amavasya

2019

  • 5 January, Saturday—Magha Amavasya
  • 4 February, Monday—Phalguna Amavasya
  • 6 March, Wednesday—Chaitra Amavasya
  • 5 April, Friday—Vaishakha Amavasya
  • 4 May, Saturday—Jyeshtha Amavasya
  • 3 June, Monday—Ashadha Amavasya
  • 2 July, Tuesday—Shravana Amavasya
  • 31 July, Wednesday—Shravana Amavasya
  • 30 August, Friday—Bhadrapada Amavasya
  • 28 September, Saturday—Ashwin Amavasya
  • 27 October, Sunday—Kartik Amavasya
  • 26 November, Tuesday—Margashirsha Amavasya
  • 25 December, Wednesday—Paush Amavasya

Ekadashi Dates for 2018–2019

Ekadashi is the auspicious 11th Day of the lunar phase. Hindus observe a fast on the two Ekadashis every month, one during Shukla Paksha (bright phase) and another during Krishna Paksha (dark phase of the moon).

According to the Hindu scriptures, Ekadasi and the movement of the moon have a direct correlation with the human mind. It is believed that during Ekadasi, our mind attains maximum efficiency, giving the brain a better capacity to concentrate. Spiritual seekers devote the two monthly days of Ekadasi in extreme worship and meditation, owing to its favorable influence on the mind. Religious reasons aside, these fortnightly fasts help the body and its organs get respite from dietary irregularities and over-indulgences. 

2018

  • 12 January, Friday—Shattila Ekadashi
  • 27 January, Saturday—Jaya Ekadashi
  • 11 February, Sunday—Vijaya Ekadashi
  • 26 February, Monday—Amalaki Ekadashi
  • 13 March, Tuesday—Papmochani Ekadashi
  • 6 April, Thursday—Kamada Ekadashi
  • 12 April, Thursday—Varuthini Ekadashi
  • 26 April, Saturday—Mohini Ekadashi
  • 21 May, Thursday—Apara Ekadashi
  • 23 June, Saturday—Nirjala Ekadashi
  • 20 June, Tuesday—Yogini Ekadashi
  • 23 July, Monday—Devshayani Ekadashi
  • 07 August, Tuesday—Kamika Ekadashi
  • 22 August, Wednesday—Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
  • 6 September, Thursday—Aja Ekadashi
  • 20 September, Thursday—Parsva Ekadashi
  • 05 October, Friday—Indira Ekadashi
  • 20 October, Saturday—Papankusha Ekadashi
  • 3 November, Saturday—Rama Ekadashi
  • 19 November, Monday—Devutthana Ekadashi
  • 03 December, Monday—Utpanna Ekadashi
  • 18 December, Tuesday—Mokshada Ekadashi
  • 19 December, Wednesday—Gauna / Vaishnava Pausha Putrada Ekadashi

2019

  • 01 January, Tuesday—Saphala Ekadashi
  • 17 January, Thursday—Pausha Putrada Ekadashi
  • 30 January, Wednesday—Shattila Ekadashi
  • 15 February, Friday—Jaya Ekadashi
  • 01 March, Friday—Vijaya Ekadashi
  • 16 March, Saturday—Amalaki Ekadashi
  • 31 March, Sunday—Papmochani Ekadashi
  • 15 April, Monday—Kamada Ekadashi
  • 30 April, Tuesday—Varuthini Ekadashi
  • 14 May, Tuesday—Mohini Ekadashi
  • 30 May, Thursday—Apara Ekadashi
  • 12 June, Wednesday—Nirjala Ekadashi
  • 28 June, Friday—Yogini Ekadashi
  • 12 July, Friday—Devshayani Ekadashi
  • 28 July, Sunday—Kamika Ekadashi
  • 10 August, Saturday—Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
  • 26 August, Monday—Aja Ekadashi
  • 09 September, Monday—Parsva Ekadashi
  • 24 September, Tuesday—Indira Ekadashi
  • 08 October, Tuesday—Papankusha Ekadashi
  • 24 October, Thursday—Rama Ekadashi
  • 07 November, Thursday—Devutthana Ekadashi
  • 22 November, Friday—Utpanna Ekadashi
  • 07 December, Saturday—Mokshada Ekadashi
  • 21 December, Saturday—Saphala Ekadashi
  • 22 December, Sunday—Gauna / Vaishnava Pausha Putrada Ekadashi