The term Sharad signifies the Sharad Ritu or autumn season of 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 vigil all night and offer special prayers to Maa Lakshmi, she bestows them with wealth and prosperity even if there is no Lakshmi yog in their Kundli. Many devotees fast in tribute to Maa Lakshmi on this day as well.
Sharad Purnima 2018
This year Sharad Purnima falls on Tuesday, 23rd October 2018. The Purnima tithi Starts at 22:36 on 23rd October 2018 and ends at 22:14 on 24th October 2018. Kojagara Purnima is a very importance vrat and puja people observe on this day in order to please Goddess Maha Lakshmi.
Sharad Purnima 2018 what is so special
On the day of Sharad Purnima, it is believed that the moon is at its fullest brilliance. It is also believed that it drips Amrit on planet earth on this day. Therefore, the moonlight on Sharad Purnima is believed to possess amazing medical and nourishing properties. By staying awake throughout the night on this day under the moonlight is believed to rejuvenate the body. People make kheer or milk rice and place it under the open sky to absorb the moonlight throughout the night and consume it in the morning to get the miraculous powers of moonlight for health and happiness.
Solid foods should be avoided during the Kojagara Purnima fast. Also, once the fast is completed, the devotees must break the fast with a mixture of cold milk and rice flakes. 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 mixed with rice flakes is a simple remedy to keep this problem at bay.
The different dimensions of Sharad Purnima 2018
This festival is important in Gujarat as well as West Bengal. Known as Sharad Poonam in the west coast, it is one of the major festivals celebrated in the east after Durga Puja. In Odisha, it is celebrated as Kumar Purnima, i.e. the birthday of Lord Kartikeya.
Sharad Purnima 2018 Vrat to get a suitable groom
On this day unmarried girls observe fast and Puja to seek desired soul mates and worship Lord Kartikeya. Many believe that no one particular god or goddess is worshipped on this day but the Sun and the Moon are worshipped. All can observe the Purnima fast. The fast starts on the morning of the Purnima day and concludes on the next day morning during sunrise.
Sri Krishna’s Rasaleela on Sharad Purnima
It is also believed that on Sharad Purnima, Lord Krishna began his Raasleela with Radha and his Gopis. Rasaleela is a very interesting miracle performed by Krishna. It is said that the gods who had to be given the fruits of their merits were born as Gopis to enjoy the divine leelas of Krishna. On the day of Sharad Purnima, Krishna played his divine flute and all the Gopis gathered around him. Krishna multiplied himself and danced with each Gopi throughout the night. It is said that through His divine powers, Krishna stretched the night so long for them as though they felt dancing with him for a thousand years.