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Sharad Purnima

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Introduction:

Sharad Purnima' is a famous festival of Hindus. It is celebrated on the full moon day (Purnima) of the month of Ashwin according to Hindu calendar. Sharad Purnima is also known as 'Kojagari Poornima', 'Sharath Purnima' or 'Rasa Purnima'. Sharad Purnima. It is also referred to as Rasa Purnima, or Sharath Purnima. The festival is also referred as Kaumudi Festival, Kaumudi meaning moonlight.

Sharad Poornima to known as Kojagari Poornima. It is believed that on this night Goddess Lakshmi visits from place to place asking “Kojagari??” meaning “Who is awake” and bless those who are found awake. Hence people don’t sleep this night and spend whole night by playing games, singing and doing all amusing activities.

At night, goddess Lakshmi is worshiped and night vigil is observed. It is believed that keeping food under the moonlight on sharad Purnima nourishes the body and soul. On this festival there is common practice of keeping the prepared kheer (Sweet dish made by boiling milk and mixing cooked rice along with sugar and dry fruits) in moonlight throughout the night and distributed as Prasad on the next day.

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Rituals

1. Many rituals are practiced on this festival of bright moonlight. There is general practice of preparing kheer (Sweet dish made by boiling milk and mixing cooked rice along with sugar and dry fruits) and offered before God.

2. In some areas, the full moon is not seen directly instead it is seen on a vessel filled with boiling milk.

3. Some people thread a needle on this full moon night under the rays of the moon. This is said to improve one’s eyesight.

4. the most common practice is of keeping the prepared kheer, poha (Rice flakes) or sweets in moonlight throughout the night and distributed as Prasad on the next day.

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Importance of Sharad Purnima:

Sharad Purnima is an important day in Hinduism. It is also known as Kojagiri Purnima and is celebrated on a full moon day in the month of Ashwin as per the Hindu Lunar Calendar. It is popularly believed that on this day the moonlight or rays of the moon shower amrit or elixir of life to the people on Earth. he term Sharad signifies the Sharad Ritu or season in the year. Sharad Purnima is celebrated as a harvest festival and has huge religious significance.

It is believed that Maa Lakshmi was born on this day and if devotees stay up all night, offering special prayers to Maa Lakshmi, she bestows them with wealth and prosperity even if there is no Lakshmi yog in their Kundli.

Cold milk is important in this fasting ritual as it has its significance in Sharad Ritu. In the Sharad season, the days are hot and the nights are cool and in such a mixed weather, acidity or pitha is a common occurrence. Therefore, cold milk and rice flakes are a simple remedy to keep this problem at bay. To appease Maa Mahalakshmi on Kojagiri Purnima, one can perform the Kojagiri Lakshmi Puja on Sharad Purnima.

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