The Sharad Purnima is a harvest festival, which marks the end of monsoon. The festival is variously known as Kojagari Purnima or Kuanr Purnima. It is a traditional celebration of the moon called the ‘Kaumudi celebration’. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin. This year Sharad Purnima will be celebrated on 5th October.
· According to a folk tale, a king fell on his vice days and suffered a great financial misery, and then his queen worshipped Goddess Lakshmi and observed a fast and night vigil on the Sharad Purnima day that blessed her husband and helped them regain their prosperity. Thus, since then it is presumed that on this day the moon possess certain curative properties of nourishing the body mind and soul.
· The day is believed to bring together two major aspects in the lives of farmers – prosperity promised by good harvests, and spiritual blessings from a divine power which administers all human achievement and endeavour.
· The main ritual of this festival consists of observing fast and keeping strict vigil all night.
· Another prevalent ritual is to consume cold milk and rice flakes on this night before breaking the fast.
· Another ritual suggests that the household idols should be cleaned and kept in the courtyard decorated with rice flour paste ‘Aripan or Alpana’.
· The idols should be kept out overnight so that they are bathed in the virtuous \"Sharad Purnima\" moonlight also known as \"Amrit Barkha\" (rain of nectar).
Lachchmi and Alachchhmi are twin sisters. On this day spicy food, which brings bad luck and is preferred by Alachchhmi should be kept outside the house whereas the sweet dishes, which brings good luck and is preffered by Lachchmi should be kept inside the house so that Lachchhmi comes inside the house and stays there.
· During Sharad the days are warm and nights start to become cooler. This is perfect season for Pitta prakop when pitta becomes malefic along with other two doshas. Consuming rice flakes with milk during night is good remedy to pacify pitta.
· Devotees should not let mundane desires of wealth and lust enter their hearts even while they are facing obstacles such as: success and failure, happiness and misery, honor and insult, the devotees should remain undaunted in their devotion to God.
· Devotees who are in need to increase their grasping power can perform the Sarawati Mantra Remedy where you need to have juice of Brahmadandi, Vacha or Vekhand and the milk of Kapila cow and spread them on a copper plate, later write the Saraswati Mantra “om hrim shrim klim blumblum vad vad vagvadini” with ashtagangha paste and then place the plate under the moonlight. You can then consume a liitle amount of the contents from the plate.
One should consult their doctors for any allergy regarding the ingredients.
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