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Sharad Purnima is a harvest festival which is also known as Kojagiri Purnima, Kojagari and Kumar Purnima. The festival has its own significance in Hindu culture. The story behind this celebration is interesting. Once a king was experiencing bad days and his wife performed this fast with a night vigil. This helped them to regain their wealth.

People believe that those perform this ritual with a night watch, get wealth from Goddess Lakshmi. On this day moon and earth are very close to each other and they have healing properties for body and soul.

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This is celebrated around September-October when the days are warmer and nights are cooler, pointing towards the end of monsoon. Worshiping the moon on this Purnima is called Kaumudi celebrations. Newlywed women perform this Kojagiri Puja and keep a rigorous fast. This year, Sharad Purnima falls on October 15.

Mahurat for Sharad Purnima: Moonrise: 17:49 Puja Tithi Begins: 13:25 on October 15, 2016, Puja Tithi Ends: 9:53 on October 16, 2016

On this occasion, women after taking bath, wear new clothes and make Kheer to offer their prayers to the sun. In the evening they again make their offerings when the moon rises. Devotees prepare kheer and that is kept under the moonlight On the next day, it is distributed as Prasad.

The festival is celebrated with great zeal and vigor. It’s a festival for girls, they sing and dance on special songs “kuanra punei jahna go”. Many games like Puchi Khela are played. . The reason behind celebrating this festival is to celebrate the love between two souls. The celebration begins with Ras Lila of Lord Krishna and Gopis.

Families play cards, sing songs, drink sweet milk and many other special programs also take place. May Goddess Lakshmi bless each and every one on this auspicious occasion!

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