What Is Kojagiri Purnima?
The festival of Kojagiri Purnima (or Kojagiri Poornima) holds a lot of importance in India among the Hindus. It is a day dedicated to Goddess Lakhsmi. The day is more commonly known as Sharad Purnima. As the name suggests, it falls on the Purnima (full moon) of the Ashwin month of the Hindu Calendar, the day also denotes the end of monsoon.
The Regional Variations In The Celebration Of Sharad Purnima
It is a festival celebrated more in the states of West Bengal, Odisha, and Assam. In some parts, it is also known as Kojagori Lokkhi Puja or Bengal Lakshmi Puja. It usually falls in the September/October month of the Gregorian Calendar. For most parts of India, Lakshmi Puja is also done on the day of Diwali, which falls on Amavasya (new moon) of the Ashwin month.
Kojagiri Purnima Puja: Why Is It So Important?
The Kojagiri Purnima day belongs to Goddess Lakshmi. She is seen as the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. It is believed that on this auspicious day, Maa Lakshmi visits her devotees and blesses them with good luck, wealth and prosperity. Chanting goddess Lakshmi mantras and stotras are thought to be quite rewarding. To invoke blessings from the Goddess, Lakshmi Puja must be performed correctly with a recital of Sri Suktam. Our expert pandits can help you perform an online, hassle-free Lakshmi Puja exclusively for you, from the comfort of your home.
It is believed that Maa Lakshmi had emerged from the legendary ‘Samudra Manthan’ and chose Vishnu as her consort. She is the goddess of the goals (Lakshya, where her name comes from) to be achieved in one’s life. Some people also follow a Jagran (night vigil) on Kojagiri Purnima or Sharad Purnima, believing Maa Lakshmi will visit their home in the night and will bless them with prosperity. Through the night, devotees sing Artis, Bhajans, and Praises of the goddess.
Kojagiri Purnima 2020 Date and Muhurats:
Kojagiri Purnima this year falls on 30th October 2020, Friday.
Kojagiri Purnima Date: 30th October 2020, Friday
Kojagara Puja Nishita Time: 11:39 PM to 12:31 AM (52 Mins)
Moonrise on Kojagara Puja Day: 05:11 PM
Purnima Tithi Begins: 05:45 PM on 30 October 2020
Purnima Tithi Ends: 08:18 PM on 31 October 2020
The Puja Vidhi And Other Rituals On Kojagiri Purnima :
The rituals for Kojagiri Lakshmi Puja vary from community to community. In Bengal, idols of Maa Lakshmi are worshipped either at home or the pandals, just like Durga Puja. Generally, in the pandals, the Puja is performed by a priest. At home, many people fast on the day of Kojagiri Purnima.
You can prepare a Kalash in front of Maa Lakshmi’s idol or picture. For that, you need to take a copper Kalash and fill it with water. Tie a red thread around the neck of the pot. With kumkum, draw a swastika on the pot. You can then chant a mantra for Maa Lakshmi and perform Arti along with the offerings. Worshipping a Lakshmi Ganesha Yantra can also help you bring prosperity and wealth in your life.
Here is a mantra that you can chant: ॐ ह्रीं क्लीन महालक्ष्म्यै नमः ।।
The Importance Of Kheer During Kojagiri Puja
Kheer holds a significant place on the day of Kojagiri Puja. Some people put Kheer in a silver bowl, under the moon and offer it to Maa Lakshmi. Kheer is also used to break the fast on the day of Kojagiri Purnima. Other offerings to the Goddess Lakshmi include Bengali sweets like ‘Narkel Bhaja’ and ‘Taaler Kheer’. In some places, the offerings also include flattened rice and milk.
Women in Bengal draw Alpana (a kind of Rangoli) in front of their homes. Many of them contain a pattern that symbolises the feet of Goddess Lakshmi.
Welcome, Goddess Lakshmi, May You Brighten Our Fortunes
May the Goddess of fortune and prosperity bless us all on this auspicious day of Kojagiri Purnima, as we worship and welcome her in our homes, on this night of full moon!
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What Is Kojagiri Purnima?