Know The Importance Of Sharad Purnima, Its Katha & Kheer

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Why Is Sharad Purnima Celebrated?
Sharad Purnima is related to agriculture. It is a harvesting festival which is celebrated in the lunar month of Ashwin. This festival is also known by other names like Kumara Purnima, Kojagiri Purnima, Navanna Purnima, or Kaumudi Purnima. The festival began with the maidens welcoming the God Sun just at the sunrise with a coconut-leaf-made-vessel called Kula replenished with fried paddy followed by Arti.

The Significance of Sharad Purnima
Sharad Purnima is one of the most auspicious festivals according to the Hindu Calendar celebrated in the lunar month of Ashwin. It is believed that on this day, the brightness of the moon exceeds its actual limits and shines with full glory with all sixteen Kalas. This festival is popularly known as Kojagiri Purnima. This time it is going to be celebrated on 30th October 2020. During this festival, in some parts of India, devotees worship Lord Krishna and Vishnu, along with Goddess Laxmi.

The Story Behind Sharad Poonam
According to the Hindu belief, this is the night when Lord Krishna performed a dance with utmost intimacy and permeated the whole universe with divine love. It is also believed that the angelic dance of Lord Krishna with Gopis of Vrindavan stretched the night to the extent of one night of Lord Brahma, which was equivalent to billions of human years.

Sharad Purnima Auspicious Timings For Puja
Purnima tithi starts at 5:45 PM on Oct 30, 2020
Purnima tithi ends at 8:18 PM on Oct 31, 2020

The Significance of Sharad Purnima Kheer
The speciality of having Kheer on the day of Sharad Purnima is very popular as it is believed that the Moonlight drips nectar on this night, which contains varied kinds of healing properties. Thus, people prepare rich kheer and leave it in the moonlight for the entire night, and the next morning the same energized kheer is distributed to all the family members as a prasad.

Astrological Phenomenon of Sharad Purnima Moon
As for astrology, the Moon controls both mind and water, the two most important facets of life. On this day, the Moon shines very brightly and naturally affects the tide. This special effect produced by the Moon causes fluctuations of tidal waves in the oceans. And not just the sea, Moon’s positive impact also falls on our aqueous part of the body and unusually affects everyone. According to the Vedic astrology, it is stated that the performance of specific remedies on this day, like worshipping Chandra Yantra and offering milk and water to the Shivling in the nearest Shiva temple can put a very unusual effect on a self.

Sharad Purnima Moon & It’s Scientific Connection
As per the tradition, the auspicious day of Sharad Purnima has its own scientific code of conduct. From this particular point of time, the summer comes to an end and the weather begins to change. Thus people may get afflicted by "Pitta or acidity." The Sharad Poonam moonlight kheer comes to people's rescue as an antidote. There is another belief that if the moonlight falls on the navel of the pregnant women on this day, the fetus gets healthier.

Vrat Katha On Sharad Purnima
The Sharad Purnima fast Rituals became popular when the two elder sisters of moneylender observed fast one with complete devotion and other just for the namesake.

Once when they grew up and got married. The elder sister gave birth to healthy children, and the younger sister had no child. For which she was depressed and went to the Saint for a remedy. The Saint understood her misery and advised him to observe Purnima fast with complete devotion and Interest. The younger sister realised her mistake, and this time she too kept the fast on Sharad Purnima and dedicated her absolute time to worshipping the God Moon. After her penance and ritualistic farming on Purnima, the younger sister gave birth to the child, but unfortunately, the child was stillborn. The younger sister knew that her elder sister has the blessing of God Moon, and she might have the power to make her child alive. Thus, the younger sister made a plan and called her sister at home, where she asked her to sit on the bed. The moment she went to sit, the white bedsheet touched her body, and the baby started crying. When she saw the baby under the bedsheet crying, she scolded her sister for being careless. Then she explained everything to the elder sister and told her that by the grace of God Moon, the baby again came to this world.

Sharad Purnima Is The Occasion Of Transcendental, Stellar Night
Sharad Purnima is the day of transcendental night and also named as Kojagiri Purnima. On this day of stellar night, people observe Vrat for the whole day and worship Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of prosperity and wealth.

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