Dol Purnima 2024 Date and Time, History, Significance, Celebration 

The Purnima of Phalgun month, known as Dol Purnima, is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion towards the divine couple Radha Krishna. If you want to learn more about the auspicious time of Dol Purnima and the customs associated with this day, read the article. 

Dol Purnima 2024 Date and Time

Purnima means full moon, a very auspicious day in the Hindu religion. In a year, there are a total of 12 full moon days, and the full moon falls on the Phalgun month, known as Dol Purnima. On the same day, people celebrate Holi all over India. 

Dol Purnima is also known as Dol Jatra, Doul Utsav, which is dedicated to the divine couple Shri Radha and Lord Krishna. 

Dol Purnima celebrations mainly follow in Bengal, Assam, Braj, Rajasthan, Odisha, and Gujarat region.

This year, we will celebrate the Dol Purnima on 25 March 2024. The auspicious date and time of the Dol Purnima are as follows:

Tithi of Dol Purnima Date  Time 
Purnima Tithi begins 24 March 2024 9:54 AM
Purnima Tithi Ends 25 March 2024 12:29 PM

As the tithi ends at 12:29 PM on 25 March 2024, people will celebrate and worship the god and goddess on 25 March 2024.

History of Dol Purnima

According to Hindu beliefs, the festivals of Dol Purnima mark the union of Radha and Krishna, as Lord Krishna expressed his love and devotion for Radha on this day. 

The festival is linked to the Swing procession, as Radha Krishna’s love story is linked to swing. People celebrate this pure form of love between Radha Krishna by splashing colors on their idols. 

The festival is also linked with the demon lord Hirankashyap’s elimination by Lord Vishnu’s avatar, Lord Narshima. 

Another belief that is linked to this day is that on this day Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was born on this day. He is considered a combined avatar of Radha and Krishna. He was the founder of Gaudiya Vaishnavism customs and traditions. 

Dol Purnima

Significance of Dol Purnima

The Dol Purnima marks the end of the six-day swing festival that commemorated the love of Radha Krishna.

According to Hindu texts, people worship Radha Krishna, and it is believed that whoever catches a glimpse of Radha Krishna swaying on the swing will get rid of all his sins.

The festival is celebrated with full fervor in the Bengal, Odisha, Assam, and Braj regions. In the Braj region, the celebration of Dol Purnima in Radha Vallabh Sampradaya has a different sight to see, where the combined form of Radha Krishna, Shri Radha Vallabh is present and worshiped by the devotees. 

Celebrations of Dol Purnima

People celebrate the festival of Dol Purnima with the following customs and rituals:

  • People take idols of Radha and Krishna are taken out and placed on the swinging palanquin. The idols are decorated with flowers, new clothes, and jewelry. 
  • People worshiped the idols of Radha Krishna and did bhajan & kirtans on the day. The chants of “Hari Bol” are everywhere in the mouths of devotees to seek blessings from Radha Krishna
  • In Odisha, the first day of Dol Jatra is called Gondh, where devotees perform kirtan in front of a bonfire and carry the idol of Krishna around the bonfire. It is believed that Lord Krishna goes to Ghuncha’s place on this day.
  • On the second day, the people splash Gulal on each other using water guns and pichkaris. 
  • The third day is similar to the second day when people worship the Lord and Goddess and indulge in the festivities of Dol Jatra.
  • On the fourth day, people celebrate the return of Lord Krishna. People celebrate the day with drums and celebration galore.
  • People make milk sweets and other milk items like butter, cream, and panchamrit for the Lord Vishnu and enjoy the festival with their loved ones.
  • In Assam, people celebrate the festival by singing traditional songs and decorating the Doul.
  • It is believed that bathing and donating goods & money on this day brings good fortune. 
  • People wake up early and take a bath, worship the Lord Vishnu, and offer him the prasad on this day. 
  • Some people also keep fast on this day and seek blessings from the divine couple for the well-being of their family.

Dol Purnima holds great importance in the Hindu religion. People consider this day a very auspicious day and celebrate this day with full devotion towards Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. 

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