Sharad Purnima – Know Its Importance
Sharad Purnima is a full moon day. “Purnima” means full moon day. It is celebrated as a festival in the Hindu mythology every year.
What happens on this day?
Before knowing about the festival and its celebration we must first know what special happens on this day! Well, on this day the moon and the earth are closest to each other on this occasion is known as Sharad Purnima once in a year. This year the festival is arriving on 5th of October. On this night the moon shines the brightest and much more than compared to any other night if the year. Due to this high tides also occur in the Indian Ocean.
Why Is It Celebrated?
On this full moon night, according to the Hindu Mythology, it is believed that worshiping goddess Laxmi is considered good and it is also believed that on this night Goddess Laxmi visits the houses of the people and grant Prosperity to those whom she finds awake at night. Hence on this day, people do Laxmi Pujan and hence the festival is also known as “Kajorgiri Laxmi Puja”. It is also believed that the shiny rays of the moon on this night heals the body diseases and prospers luck to people.
In many different states of India, the festival is celebrated in various styles. Here is the list of the states and their respective celebrations made.
Gujrat: In Gujrat, the day is also known as “Sharad Poonam”. The people of Gujrat celebrate it by dancing in Gujrati dance forms that is Garbha and Dandiya.
Maharashtra: By referring Maharashtra means the Maharathi and Maharashtrian people by religion. These people celebrate the festival by honoring the elder child of the family by any means.
West Bengal: West Bengal is a state where Goddesses are Workshiped the most. Hence on this festival, the Goddess Laxmi is worshipped and offered various types of Food items as Bhog.
Odhisa: Sharad Purnima is also known as “Kumar Purnima” in Odhisa. On this day people of this state worship the Sun and Moon Gods.
A number of people visit the Taj Mahal, one among the seven wonders of the world. It is because on this day the moon shines so bright and the wall of the ancient and unique monument of Taj Mahal reflects its light and shines like a mirror in the dark night and hence people across the world come on this day of Sharad Purnima.