Sharad Purnima is also known as ‘Kojagari or Ras Purnima Purnima’. It is believed that Goddess of wealth, Goddess Laxmi moves around in the nights sky, searching for people who are awake. In Sanskrit, `Ko jaagarti’ means, ‘ Who is awake?’ And to those who are awake she gifts wealth. Therefore many people remain awake in the night and pray to Goddess Laxmi and Lord Krishna for their blessings.
According to Shrimad Bhagwat, on Sharad Purnima night it is believed that Lord Krishna invited his faithful devotees, the Gopis of Vrindavan, to play the Maha Ras (traditional folk-dance) with Him. Therefore of all nights, that night of Sharad Purnima became the most resplendent. On the night of Sharad Purnima along with Gopis, Lord Krishna roamed the banks of the Yamuna, as if imprisoning everyone in His Leela (Leela mean Maya/ play of God).
Sharad Purnima is also believed to be the day on which Goddess Laxmi is said to have been born. That is why in some parts of India specially Bengal, people worship Goddess Laxmi on the day of Sharad Purnima which is also known as” Kojagari Laxmi Puja”. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Sharad Purnima is also known as Kumar Purnima and Lord Krishna and Lord Kartikeya is worshipped by the unmarried girls. It is believed that Girls who want to get a handsome husband like Krishna or Kartikeya take bath early in the morning, offer food to the Sun and keep a fast throughout the day. In the evening when the moon rises they offer food and prayers to the moon.
Since moon is closest to the earth on Sharad Purnima day, according to Ayurveda the Sharad Purnima moon rays have several curative properties, hence Kheer, sweet and Poha, puffed rice, is prepared and left in the moonlight of Sharad Purnima and is consumed later.
People who keep a fast on Sharad Purnima are supposed to break their fast at night by eating rice flakes and cold milk. The practice of drinking cold milk during this fast has its origins in science. Sharad Ritu (Autumn Season) brings in very hot days and cool nights. During this weather, ‘pitta’ or acidity becomes predominant in our body. Consumption of milk & rice flakes is a good remedy for ‘pitta’. Thus, it is customary to consume cold milk and rice flakes on Sharad Purnima.
Thus, Sharad Purnima or Kojagari Purnima is an important Hindu festival. It marks the end of monsoon and ushers in the season of autumn. It is the celebration of the day when the moon gets closest to the Earth. Along with that worshipping Goddess Laxmi signifies the importance of good harvests and prosperity in the lives of the farmers. They seek blessings of the divine power to achieve good results for the hard work they have put in.
This year this auspicious day is falling on 24th October 2018. Parashar Astrological and Yagya Centre is organizing the performance of different Yagyas on this occasion.
Some of the most suitable Yagyas to be performed on this special day are given below.
1- Fulfillment of Desires:
2- Spiritual progress:
3- For bliss and happiness:
4- Suitable Spouse:
5- Getting Children:
6- Harmonious Married Life:
8- Removal of obstacles:
9- Good fortune:
10- Health (General):
11- Health (Special):
12- Wealth (General):
13- Wealth (Special):
14- For physical and mental energy:
15- For happiness of whole family:
16- Planetary Yagyas:
Note: There are Yagyas for the fulfillment of other desires also which can be designed and performed as per the requirement of the customers.