Sharad Purnima will be celebrated on October 5, 2017, this year. Sharad Purnima is also called Ras Purnima. The full moon of the Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month is called Sharad Purnima.

Sharad Purnima


According to the Hindu calendar, the full moon of Ashwin month is known as Sharad Purnima. Sharad Purnima also was known as Kojagiri Purnima & Kaumudi Purnima. This is done because it is believed that on this day the moon drops the nectar on the earth from its rays. There is also a story behind Sharad Purnima to say Kojagari full moon. It is believed that on the day of Sharad Purnima, Goddess Laxmi, walking in the sky at night, asks, 'KA Jagarati'. Actually, goddess Lakshmi searches for those who are awake at night. In Sanskrit, 'ka jagriti' means 'Who is awake'? Goddess Lakshmi provides funds to those who are awake at night on the day of Sharad Purnima.

Sharad Purnima is also called Ras Purnima. On this day, Lord Shri Krishna created Maha-Ras.  On that night Lord Krishna glimpse of the flute and danced with every single Gopi.


It is believed that on the night of Sharad Purnima, the moon is full of 16 art, it sprinkles the nectar, so this night the kheer is kept in the open sky and in the morning it is eaten as a prasad. It is believed that on the night of Sharad Purnima, the moon is closest to the Earth. On this day, Lord Lakshmi should worship. Silver, gold, or soil lamps should be lit when there is moonlight in the evening. On this day, kheer is made of milk, ghee and sugar & it should be kept in the moonlight.


The importance of Sharad Purnima

It is famous about Sharad Purnima, that if any person performs a ritual on this day, then his rituals are surely successful. On this day, doing the aarti of elephants gets the highest result. It is called Sharad Purnima because it starts to feel the cold in the morning, evening and at night. Four months means that the Lord Vishnu, who is asleep, is in his final stages. It is believed that the moon of Sharad Purnima is filled with all its 16 arts and it produces a rain of nectar from its rays overnight. Whoever makes kheer and in this night kept it under the open sky and consumes it in the morning, Kheer is like a nectar for him.

The full moon of Ashwin Month is considered the best full moon. This full moon is considered beneficial for health. It is believed that the moon rays in the form of nectar are absorbed in food, which consumes all kinds of diseases etc.. In the texts of Ayurveda, the description of the medicinal value of Chandni is found in it, keeping Kheer in the moonlight and after consuming it the next day it is obtained from incurable diseases.



Pujan Vidhi( Method of worship)

It is very important for you that you have faith in keeping fast or worship. With a true heart, after installation of copper or clay pots cover it with a cloth. After that, establish the statue of Mata Lakshmi on it. At night, put the pure ghee in front of Mother Lakshmi and worship them with odor, flowers etc. After this, 11, 21 or according to your desire, the lamp should be lit and placed in temples, gardens, basil or buildings. On this day, Shrisutra, Laxmi Stotra should be recited by Brahmins and a havan also should be performed by Kamalgatta, Bell or Panchmeva or Kheer. Made kheer for the prasad. Keep it in the moonlight. After about three hours, offer this Kheer to Mata Lakshmi. By this method, Mata Lakshmi is very pleased by fasting Kojagarh and provides all the pleasures of wealth, honor and prestige etc.

Story of Sharad Purnima fast

A moneylender had two daughters. Both daughters used to fast for the full moon, but the elder daughter practically had a full vow while the younger daughter used to do only incomplete fast. As a result, the son of a younger daughter died as soon as it was born. When she asked the reason for the death of her children from the scholars, he told that in the first time you did not complete the full moon fast, due to which all your children die as soon as they take birth. Then the younger daughter asked the pundits about their remedy, they said that if you fast for the full moon, then your children can survive. The younger girl of Sahaukar fulfills the full moon fast on the advice of that pandit. Consequently, she received the son's gem, but he soon received death. Then the younger daughter covered the boy with the cloth and kept him on the stool. Then she called her elder sister and asked her to sit on that stool. When the elder sister began to sit on the stool, her cloth touched that dead child, the child started crying as she touched the waistline. Elder sister said that you wanted to blame me if your child will die after my sitting. Then the younger sister said that you do not know it was already dead, it has only recovered from your fate. It is alive with your virtue. There was no second thought after that. The significance of the power of the full moon fast spread throughout the city and the state's announcement was made by everyone in the city with the legislation.




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