Sharad Purnima is a harvest festival that celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu’s lunar Ashwin month. This year the festival falls on October 30. It is also known as Kojagara, Kojagari, Kojagiri Purnima, and Kumar Purnima that marks the end of monsoon. On this day there is a traditional celebration of the moon which is called a Kaumudi celebration.
Sharad Purnima Tithi:
Purnima thithi – October 30 Time starts 5:45 PM
Purnima tithi – October 31 Time ends 8:18 PM
Significance of Sharad Purnima:
According to the popular beliefs, on the day of Sharad Purnima, the moon comes out with all sixteen Kala(s). Its rays have certain healing and nourishing properties on this day.
As per the beliefs in Hinduism, each human quality is associated with a certain Kala, and it is believed that the combination of all the sixteen Kala(s) creates a perfect human personality. Lord Krishna, who is considered as the complete incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is believed to have been born with all the sixteen Kala(s).
In Odisha, Sharad Purnima is referred to as Kumar Purnima. As a part of the celebration, on this day, virgin girls, fast for the whole day, worships Lord Kartikeya for a suitable groom, and open their fast after worshiping the moon in the evening.
As per another common belief, on this day, the moon rays drip nectar, so people prepare rice-kheer and leave it in the moonlight for the whole night, and in the next morning, it is distributed as prasad.
Sharad Purnima Kheer Recipe:
- Add the milk to a thick fried pot and cook it for a quarter.
- After the milk is left three-fourth, add rice according to the quantity of milk.
- Keep stirring till the rice is cooked.
- Add sugar as needed after the rice is cooked well.
- Add cardamom powder and nuts to kheer after a while.
- Stir the kheer for another 5 minutes and then turn off the gas.
Sharad Purnima Kheer benefits:
Milk contains plenty of lactic acid, which helps to make milk and good bacteria in the bright light of the moon. The starch in rice helps to make this work easier. Silverware has a high immunity. According to the recognition, the light of the moon is the fastest on the day of Sharad Purnima. For all these reasons, the kheer is kept in the open sky at night of Sharad Purnima is said to be beneficial.