Sharad Purnima Date for 2019 in India – Sunday, 13 October, 2019
Sharad Purnima marks the harvest festival that falls on the full moon day. This occurs in the Hindu lunar month of Ashwin. Moreover, this festival hints towards the end of the monsoon. This day is also known as Kojaagri Purnima.
However, as this day occurs in Sharad Ritu hence it is titled as Sharad Purnima. On this day, devotees observe fast and worship Goddess Lakshmi.
Sharad Purnima Overview
|Sharad Purnima Date||13 October, 2019|
|Purnima Starts||12:36 am, 13 October|
|Purnima Ends||02:38 am, 14 October|
The Legend of Sharad Purnima
The Vrat Katha of Sharad Purnima dictates the story of two daughters of a moneylender who resided in a village. Both the siblings observed the fast on the eve of Sharad Purnima. However, the elder one did it with pure zeal and dedication but the younger one had a casual approach.
Where the elder one did the fast in a proper ritualistic way the younger one did it for namesake. Later, the two sisters grew up and got married to their respective partners. The younger sister faced miscarriages one after the other and had no child. Hence, to find a remedy she visited a saint and narrated her story. The saint immediately understood and pointed out her lack of devotion in performing the fast as the reason for her misfortune.
Saint then advised her to take up the fast with full sincerity and devotion to get the grace of the Moon God. Taking his advice, the younger sister did the fast accordingly but this time again her baby died as soon as he came out. However, the younger sister was well aware of the fact that her elder sister had been blessed by the Moon God. Hence, the younger sister hoped the elder sister had the power to make the baby alive again.
So, the younger sister covered the corpse in a sheet and laid it on the bed. Then, she invited her elder sister to come and sit on the bed where the baby’s corpse was lying. As soon as the elder sister was about to sit, the baby came to life and burst out crying. Surprised by this elder sister scolded the younger one for her carelessness.
It is then that the younger sister told her that the baby had died but it came to life with her sister’s touch. She also told her elder sister that it was all due to the grace of Moon God upon her. Further, she shared with her the power of the Sharad Purnima Vrat. Since that day, this Vrat became popular and is observed by all the Hindu women.
Significance of worshipping these deities on Sharad Purnima
Goddess Lakshmi is the deity of wealth and prosperity. Hence, on this day the devotees fast for the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi.
Beliefs say that the goddess was born on this day. Hence, observing fast on this day is highly beneficial for someone going through a financial crisis.
The Moon God
It’s said that on Sharad Purnima, the moon arrives with all it’s sixteen Kalas. Each Kala is a representative of an aspect of human personality. And someone with all of the sixteen is considered complete.
As per beliefs, the moon drips the nectar of life on this day in the form of its moonlight. Hence, worshipping moon is considerably rewarding on Sharad Purnima. In the Gujarat region, this day goes by the name, Sharad Poonam.
According to the beliefs, on this day Lord Krishna did the biggest Raas Leela which is the dance of godly love. It is the day when gopis did creep out of their homes in order to play raas Leela with Krishna.
Nevertheless, in order to dance with all the gopis, Krishna created several of himself on this night. Also, beliefs are that Krishna did stretch this night for billions of human years. Therefore, devotees also worship Lord Krishna on this day.
In Orissa, this day calls for a celebration as Kumar Purnima. It marks the birth anniversary of Kartikeya or Kumar who was Shiva’s son. Kumar was the most good looking of all gods. Hence, in order to get their own Kumar, bachelorettes observe fast on this day.
Sharad Purnima Fasting Ritual
- Females of the household observe a day-long fast on this day.
- During the fast, a pitcher full of water is placed on a wooden plank by the women.
- Hereafter, the female places a glass filled with wheat and places money on top of it.
- Then, they take 13 grains of wheat in their palms as they listen to the Vrat Katha.
- From here, the lady narrating the Katha receives both glass and the wheat grains.
- As the night arrives, the females break their fast forth worshipping the Moon-god.
- Moreover, there exists a tradition of distribution of kheer as prasad in temples and sacred places on this day.
- Previously, devotees kept a watermelon cut in two, seasonal fruit and kheer during the puja.
List of Samagri or Things required for the Sharad Purnima Vrat Pooja
|Wooden platform or plank or stool|
|Incense Sticks or Agarbatti|
Science Behind the Sharad Purnima Vrat
- Drinking cold milk during this fast has its roots in Science.
- Sharad Ritu or Autumn season brings in a combination of summery days and chilly nights.
- During this kind of weather, ‘pitta’ or acidity attains predominancy in our body.
- Hence, consumption of milk & rice flakes acts as a good remedy for regulating the excess body heat or pitta.
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