Devotees take holy dip in Ganga on the occasion of Sharad Purnima

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People take holy dip in Ganga in Varanasi. (Photo/ANI)
People take holy dip in Ganga in Varanasi. (Photo/ANI)

Varanasi/Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh) [India], October 30 (ANI): Devotees took the holy dip in river Ganga in Prayagraj and Varanasi on the occasion of Sharad Purnima, on Friday.

As per the Hindu lunar calendar, the full moon of the month of Ashvin (October-November) is celebrated as Sharad Purnima, which is a harvest festival. On the day Goddess Lakshmi, considered the deity of wealth and prosperity in Hindu mythology, is worshipped, especially by the Bengali community.

"It is believed that nectar falls from the sky at night on Sharad Purnima, and if people take holy bath in Ganga and keep a fast, they get prosperity in life," said Poornima who took a holy dip in Varanasi.

Another devotee, Sabhyasanchi Tripathi from Prayagraj, said people make "kheer (rice pudding)" and keep it uncovered under the moonlight.

"It is said that the nectar falls from the sky at the night. People eat the kheer the next day for long life and prosperity," said Tripathi. (ANI)