Sharad Purnima is a harvest festival celebrated on the full Moon day of the Hindu Lunar Month of Ashvin. It marks the end of Monsoon. This year it will come on 23rd October 2018 (Tuesday). There is traditional celebration of the Moon and it is also called as Kajaagari Purnima or Kumar Purnima. This day, on Night, goddess Lakshmi is worshipped and night vigil is observed. If someone observed the fast on this day and night vigil, and worshipped the goddess of wealth Lakshmi then individual will be bestowed with happiness, good health and wealth. On this day, Moon and the Earth are very close to each other and the Moon rays have certain healing properties of nourishing the body and the soul.
According to Srimad Bhagvad Purana, Lord Krishna began his Rasleela with Radha and his Gopis. Rasleela is a very interesting miracle performed by Krishna. On the day of Sharad Purnima, Krishna played his divine flute and all the Gopis gathered around him. Krishna multiplied himself and danced with each Gopi throughout the night. It is said that through his divine power, Krishna stretched the night so long for them as though they felt dancing with him for a thousand years. That’s why it is considered the night of love and couples come out at night to face the moon and express their love. Devotees offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi to seek her divine blessing. They also stay awake all night as it is believed that the Goddess Lakshmi descends on Earth on the day of Sharad Purnima and blesses all those she finds awake with prosperity and wealth.
According to the Astrologer Mr. Pradeep, full Moon of Sharad Purnima is most powerful Moon of the year, so, on this day fast should be observed and Goddess Mahalakshmi should be worshipped. The fast starts on the morning of the Purnima day and concludes on the next day morning during sunrise. After having bath, worship family God by performing Shodashopchar Puja. After worshipping family deity, Goddess Mahalaxmi should be worshipped. Read Sharad Purnima Vrat Katha. People make Kheer or milk rice and place it under the open sky to absorb the Moonlight throughout the night and consume it in the morning to get the miraculous powers of moonlight for health and happiness. Chant bhajans in the night.
Significance of Sharad Purnima:
Sharad Purnima is the most popular among all Purnimas of the Hindu calendar. The Night of Sharad Purnima holds immense spiritual and religious significance. On this day, Moon possesses all the Sixteen Kala(s). In Hinduism, each of the Kala denotes a specific human quality and Lord Krishna was the only one born with these Sixteen Kala(s). Devotees therefore, worship Chandra dev with devotion. It is considered that Moon is closest to the Earth on this day and the Moon rays possess amazing medical and nourishing elements. So, people spend their evening under the Moonlight to benefit the curative properties of the Moon rays.
Important timing of Sharad Purnima:
Purnima Tithi Begins: 23 October 2018, 22:36 PM
Purnima Tithi Ends: 24 October 2018, 22:15 PM