Sharad Purnima is one of the most important festivals in Hinduism. This festival takes place in the month of Ashwin (September/October). Sharad Poornima's other names are Kumara Purnima, Kojagiri Purnima, Navanna Purnima, Ashwin Purnima or Kaumudi Purnima. The full moon's brightness brings special joy and pleasure to that day. The word "Sharad" in Sharad Poornima refers to the "Sharad Ritu" (season) of the year. In several Indian states, Sharad Purnima is also celebrated as a harvest festival.
On Sharad Poornima, many devotees worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Shiva. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi is said to go from place to place, asking Kojagiri, "Who is awake” and blessing those who are found awake. As a result, people do not sleep this night and instead spend the entire day with immense dedication, fasting, singing religious songs, and praying for prosperity. This year Sharad Purnima falls on 19th October 2021.
Sharad Purnima Puja Date and Important Timings
Sharad Purnima Date: 19th October 2021
Purnima Tithi Begins - 07:03 PM on Oct 19, 2021
Purnima Tithi Ends - 08:26 PM on Oct 20, 2021
Moonrise on Sharad Purnima Day - 05:20 PM
Sharad Purnima Significance
On the day of Sharad Purnima, it is considered very important to worship God Chandra. Unmarried women fast in the hope of finding a suitable groom, and newlywed women take the pledge and begin their Purnima fasting on this day. As per Hindu Mythology, each human quality is connected with a different Kala. As per the beliefs, the combination of sixteen different Kala produces the ideal human personality. Lord Krishna was said to be born with all the sixteen Kalas.
Sharad Purnima is also referred to as Raas Purnima in the Brij region. On this day, Lord Krishna is believed to have performed Maha-Raas, or divine love dance. The angelic dance of Lord Krishna with the Gopis of Vrindavan is also said to have lasted one night of Lord Brahma, which was equal to billions of human years. Also, it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi visits the world on the night of Sharad Purnima. Hence, on the day of Sharad Purnima, worshippers also worship Goddess Lakshmi and receive her blessings. Let’s now see what are the rituals followed on this auspicious day of Sharad Purnima.
Important Sharad Purnima Rituals
- Women traditionally fast for the whole day and prepare bhog to offer to the Goddess. Some people fast (without drinking water), while others drink coconut water and eat fruits during the day.
- Rice kheer is a must as part of the bhog. Worshippers keep rice kheer out all night in the moonlight, believing that the rays of the moon on Sharad Purnima have unique healing properties.
- On the next day, the kheer is distributed among the friends and family as a Prasad.
- The entire night of Sharad Purnima, worshippers do Jagran. They also involve themselves in doing spiritual awakening or practice other religious activities for getting blessings from Lord Indra and maa Lakshmi.
- It is beneficial to help the poor with food and daily necessities. It is said that those who support others would always be supported by the Gods.
- On the day of Sharad Purnima, devotees also take a holy dip in the River Ganga and other holy rivers. Then, they do meditation and worship Goddess Lakshmi.
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Kojagiri Lakshmi Puja
Goddess Lakshmi or Maa Lokkhi is worshipped on Sharad Purnima or Kojagiri Purnima in several parts of eastern India, including Bengal, Assam, Odisha, and eastern Bihar. Lakshmi, or the goddess of wealth, is known in Bengali as Maa Lokkhi, who is described as chapala, or fickle-minded, and devotees worship her to gain her affection and blessings. The Goddess Lakshmi is said to visit people's homes at night to bless them when they worship her. Kojagiri Purnima meaning can be explained in two terms. Kojagiri is derived from the Bengali words Ke Jago Re, which means 'who is awake,' and it is said that on that night, the goddess visits houses where people worship her.
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Sharad Purnima Vrat Katha
As per Hindu Mythology, once upon a time, a villager had three daughters, and all three of them used to fast on full moon days. The youngest daughter, on the other hand, used to fast for only half a day. As a result of her sins, her son died. Then she turned to her elder sister for comfort and called her to relieve her pain. He began crying when her older sister saw the boy and touched her. The youngest girl was taken aback by the magic and exclaimed, "Your devotion has brought my son back." People realised the importance of Kojagiri Purnima after that.
In the Brij region, Sharad Purnima is known as Raas Purnima, and it is believed that Lord Krishna performed Maha-Raas with his Gopis on this day. The Gopis came out from their homes on the night of Sharad Purnima after hearing Krishna's flute. According to legend, the Gopis of Vrindavan, along with Lord Krishna, danced all night.
Reason to Keep Kheer in Moonlight
The tradition of eating Kheer on the day of Sharad Purnima is well-known, as it is believed that the Moon's light drips nectar or elixir with various healing properties. As a result, people prepare rice kheer and keep it under the moonlight all night, and the same energised kheer is distributed as prasad to all family members the next morning.
Importance of Sharad Purnima in Vedic Astrology
The Moon is thought to be the controller of both mind and water, the two most important aspects of life, according to Vedic astrology. On this day, the Moon's light shines brightly and has a natural influence on the tide. The fluctuation of tidal waves in the sea is caused by this special effect produced by the Moon. Not only the sea, but the Moon's positive influences also fall on our aqueous part of the body, affecting everyone in an unusual way. According to Vedic astrology, performing specific remedies on this day, such as performing Vedic Chandra Puja and offering milk and water to the Shivling, will bring positive results in your life.
Happy Sharad Purnima
Sharad Purnima is the most auspicious and opportune day to fulfil your desires by worshipping Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. With the divine blessings, you can remove negativities and obstacles from your life and gain health, wealth, and prosperity.
We wish you a very Happy Sharad Purnima!
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