Kojagiri / Sharad Purnima has a huge religious significance in Indian festivals. According to astrologists, Sharad Purnima timing will start at 9:17 am on 5th October and ends on 6th October 7:39 am. It is celebrated in every state of India but the major celebration of Sharad Purnima is in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bengal, and Odisha. In Odisha, it is celebrated as the birth date of ‘lord Kartikeya’ named as ‘kumar Purnima’. In Gujrat Sharad Purnima is named as “Sharad Poonam”. Also in some religion, it is known as Kojagara Purnima and women perform Vart for the whole day and Kojagara vart is famous by name ‘Kaumaudi Vart’.
Sharad Purnima is known for worship Maa Lakshmi, it is believed that if devotees perform puja or vart for Maa Lakshmi, Maa fulfills their all wishes. Devotees have to take bath early and decorate idol of Maa Lakshmi and lighting a dia among Maa Lakshmi and chanting the mantra. People make Keer as a Prashad and open their fast in the evening with milk and rice flakes.
Day of Sharad Purnima is an only day in a year in which moon comes out with all sixteen Kalas. It is believed that on Sharad Purnima Amrit drips from the light of the moon and which have miraculous medical and nourishing properties. People on Sharad Purnima make kheer and place it under the open sky for the whole night and believe Amrit falls in ‘Kheer’ with moonlight. Then they consume that Kheer next day in the morning as Prashad of ‘Lord Krishna’. Some people do fasting on Sharad Purnima and open their fast with Kheer.
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna’s Raasleela began with Sharad Purnima so the day is known as Raas Purnima. Kartik month of Hindu calendar starts from Sharad Purnima. Some people believe to take bath early in the morning at 4 o’clock during whole month or Kartik.
Vart Katha for Sharad Purnima :