Kumar Purnima – Celebration Date & Time, Importance, & History
Kumar Purnima Date, Time, Rituals And Significance
Sharad Purnima is observed on Ashwin Purnima, which occurs at night. If Ashwin Purnima happens on two days and falls during the night or does not fall during the night, the second day is celebrated.
Kumar Purnima Date
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Starts at 12:00 p.m. on November 18 and ends at 02:26 p.m. on November 19.
Kumar Purnima Significance
The harvest festival Sharad Purnima is also known by the names Kojaagari Purnima and Kumar Purnima. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month, Ashvin (which is from September–October). The monsoon season is over. The ‘Kaumudi festival,’ which literally means ‘moonlight celebration,’ is a traditional lunar holiday.
Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped during the night when the night vigil is carried out. Legend states that there was once a king who experienced bad luck and faced extreme financial problems due to it, but his queen began fasting for him and keeping a strict night vigil along with the worship of Laxmi, the goddess of riches. As a result of the goddess’s blessing, they were able to reclaim their fortune.
It’s also a famous belief that because the moon comes so close to the earth on this day, the moon’s rays become therapeutic for humans, offering nourishment to the body and soul.
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Kumar Purnima – History Of This Festival
The legendary Raas Lila of Lord Krishna with Radha and Gopis took place on the night of Sharad Poornima, according to the Srimad Bhagavata Purana.
The showering of Bhakti Ras by Krishna on the Gopis and Radha on Sharad Poornima night has been a major issue for poets and philosophers, and it continues to arouse popular imagination. Couples come out at night to face the moon and express their love on Sharad Poornima night, which is also known as the night of love.
Kumar Purnima Celebrations – Kumar Purnima Puja Vidhi
Once the purification bath is done, the girls donne new clothes and offer food to the sun early in the morning and fast all day long. They offer ‘Anjuli’ (Palmful) to the rising sun near ‘Brundabati’ or in front of the Tulsi plant. ‘Kahi,’ ‘Janhi,’ ‘cucumber,’ ‘Banana,’ ‘coconut,’ ‘Sugarcane’ blooms, and Betel nuts are all included in the ‘Anjula.’ To the rising sun, the palmful is normally done seven times. In villages, girls frequently visit each other’s homes and play all day.
When the moon rises in the evening, they prepare special Puja offerings and take them after the ceremonies are completed. For the girls, it is a joyous occasion. They all sing and dance. Unmarried people in several places of coastal Odisha wear new outfits. The songs are unique, such as ‘Kuanra punei jahna go.’ They also engage in Puchi Khela, a type of game. They also play a variety of other ‘country games’. On this day, presents are also given to the son-in-law.
Poha, or puffed rice, and kheer, or sweet, are prepared and left in the moonlight to be consumed later in various locations. In certain locations, the full moon is seen through a vessel filled with boiling milk rather than directly.
About Kumar Purnima – Everything You Need To Know
- Lord Kumar Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, was the most attractive and eligible bachelor in the gods’ empire. As a result, maidens celebrate this holiday and undertake rituals in the hopes of finding a spouse who is as attractive as he is.
- The moon is also a symbol for a good-looking husband, which the girls are on the lookout for. Old grannies believe that a girl must see the ‘Udila Janha’ (the newly risen moon on the horizon) for a young and attractive husband; if she waits too long to see the newly risen moon, she will marry an elderly and senile man.
- Puchi Khela is Kumara Purnima’s hallmark game. It is performed in a squatting position, with the player’s weight swiftly shifting and balanced from one leg to the other. ‘Puchi’ tournaments are held in the moonlight in villages. For girls, schools often hold ‘Puchi’ competitions. In the moonlight, games like ‘Puchi,’ ‘Bohu-Bohuka,’ ‘Bisa-Amruta,’ and songs like ‘Phula Baula Beni’ are performed, and songs like ‘Phula Baula Beni’ are sung.
- To honour Kumara Purnima, Odisha holds a Kumar Utsav festival. Throughout the state, there are dance and music performances. On stage, there are Odissi recitals, dance performances on popular folk tunes (“Kuanra Punei Janha Lo”), Dasavatara (ten incarnations of Vishnu), Sambalpuri ‘Dalkhai’ dance, and Odia festival legends.
- During the month of Kartika, which begins the day after Kumara Purnima and ends with Rasa Purnima, Lord Jagannath and Krishna are prayed to. Moong daal, colocasia, green raw banana, ‘oou’, and ghee are used to make a unique ‘Habisa dalma’ that does not contain turmeric. This Dalma is consumed once a day, just before sunset, and is a staple of the Kartika diet.
Girls in Odisha definitely have all the fun. Following pandal hopping, Kumar Purnima, the second of the state’s two female festivals, is a great opportunity for the celebration of womanhood.
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