Magha Purnima, also known as Maghi Purnima, is celebrated today by millions of devotees. Magha Purnima is the last day of the Magha month and is considered to be the most auspicious day in the entire Magha month. It is believed that it is highly beneficial to donate clothes, food and other items to the needy and poor during Magha Purnima. On this day, devotees wake up early in the morning and take a holy dip in Ganga or other holy ponds, tanks, rivers and streams. Devotees who cannot take a holy dip in rivers or ponds add Gangajal in wells and take bath using the sanctified water. After the holy dip, devotees proceed to worship Lord Satyanarayana with panchamrit, which is made of tulsi, Ganga jal, banana, honey and milk, kumkum, til, beetle nut leaves, banana leaves and fruits. After listening to Satyanarayana katha, devotees worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Lakshmi.
As per the Brahmavaivartpurana, Lord Vishnu takes up his residence in the holy Ganga during the Magha month. Hence, it is widely believed that whoever takes a dip in the holy river during this month is relieved from all his/her past sins and reaches the heaven after his/her death. It is also believed that the holy dips would help people in getting relief from problems related to the moon and sun.
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