Significance of Sharad Poornima

Significance of Sharad Poornima

Sharad Purnima

Why do we celebrate Sharad Poornima?

Sharad Purnima is celebrated in many states with different names such as Kojagiri Poornima, Lokkhi pujo, Navanna Poornima, Kaumadi Poornima, Kumara Poornima and also Raas Poornima. This festival is celebrated differently in different parts of India. It falls on full moon day of Ashvin month in Hindu Lunar calendar. It usually comes 4 days after Dussehra. 

Why is Sharad Poornima celebrated?

Sharad Poornima is dedicated to the goddess of wealth and prosperity, Goddess Laxmi. It is believed that during the night the Goddess visit the houses of the devotees and showers her blessings on whoever stays awake on this night.  

It is also marked as end of the monsoon season and start to the harvest. 

Another legend says that Lord Krishna performed dance of divine love or Maha-Raas on Sharad Purnima. Devotees take a holy dip in the river on this day and pray for happiness. Sharad Purnima is the only day in the year when the moon comes out with all sixteen kalas or phases. 

 

How is Sharad Poornima Celebrated?

Sharad Poornima is celebrated differently in different states for various reasons across India. Let’s take a look on how it’s celebrated.  

 

  • In Odisha, on this day unmarried women keep fast with the popular belief of getting their suitable groom(kumara). This festival starts with maidens welcoming the sun god just at sunrise with a coconut-leaf-made-vessel called ‘kula’ filled with fried paddy containing 7 fruits like coconut, banana, cucumber, betel nut, sugar-cane, guava followed by ‘Aarti’. In the evening they break their fast by preparing a dish containing the fried paddy of the morning along with the fruits, curd, and jaggery to offer the moon god before the ‘tulsi’ plant. After this maidens play games and sing songs under the light of the full moon.
  •  In many parts of the Gujarat, garba nights takes place in the presence of moon light and dudh poha under the presence of moon light by absorbing it’s healing properties into the food. 
  • The Kojagari Purnima as it is called in the state of Maharashtra concerns the observance of the Kojagara Vrata. People perform this Vrata under the moonlight after fasting for the day as nirjala or falahar. Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Wealth, is significantly worshipped on this day as it is believed to be her birthday and all the family members gather on roof tops, see reflection of moon in the masala doodh in order to absorb healing properties from the moon into the prasada.
  •  Rangolis are drawn is the front yards people get together in the evening to celebrate this moon focussed festival, break their fasts and enjoy a good time together. 
In 2021 Sharad Poornima will be celebrated on 19th October.
The Purnima tithi begins at 07:03 PM on October 19, 2021.
Ends at 08:26 PM on October 20, 2021.

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