Sharad Purnima 2020
This year Sharad Purnima is celebrated on 30th October 2020. Sharad Purnima also referred as Kojagiri Purnima, it is celebrated by men and women on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashwin. It is said that on this day the moon showers “Amrit” through its rays or elixir of life on earth. The brightness of the moon, brings special joy to one’s life.
The ‘Sharad’ in Sharad Purnima denotes the “Sharad ritu” (season) of the year. The harvest festival, it also has religious significance. On this night it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped and, she blesses the ones who observes fast on this day. Goddess Lakshmi was born on Sharad Purnima, is another fact that is believed. People when observing this fast should avoid solid food.
Upon the completion of the fast, it is said that one should first consume the mixture of cold milk and the rice flakes. Drinking cold milk during this fast has its own origin in science. The Sharad ritu brings in very hot days and during such hot weather “Pitta” or acidity becomes predominant in our body and thus consumption of the mixture of cold milk and rice flakes is a good remedy for “Pitta” (Acidity).
Sharad Purnima celebrated in different states
It is known and celebrated as Sharad Poonam in Gujarat. In West Bengal after Durga puja, this is another important festival which is celebrated almost in every house. Kumar Purnima is known to be celebrated in Orissa. Kartikeya or Kumar the good looking son of Lord Shiva, was born on this day. The unmarried girls who seek good husbands worship Kumar or Kartikeya on this day.
On this day, girls wake up early, take a bath followed up with wearing new clothes and offer fruits and food to the Sun. Girls fast for the whole day and in the evening, when the Moon rises, again special offerings are made but this time for the Moon. After the rituals are completed, girls then consume food.
Hindus also believe that Lord Krishna with Radha along with other Gopi’s began his Raas Leela on the night of Sharad Purnima.
On this day it is believed that the Moon is closer to the Earth, and the rays of the Moon have several curative properties, that helps to nourish the soul and the body. Hence the night is considered to be very effective on this day.