Sharad Purnima is the most important and the most famous Purnima across all the twelve Purnima. Sharad Purnima is the festival of worshipping Lord Chandra (Moon) and Ma Devi Laxmi. This is celebrated on Ashwini month Purnima. As per our scripture, Sharad Purnima is the most Holy Purnima and there are lots of other believes as well. Sharad Purnima is also known as the Kojagari Purnima because of the famous Kojagar Vrat and Ras Purnima because of Lord Shree Krishna played Maha Ras Lila on this night. People across the nation worship Ma Devi Laxmi, Jagaran and eat Khir at midnight or on the next day of the Sharad Purnima. Ma Devi Laxmi visits Earth during the night and gives the blessing to, who is awake and is praying. There are different forms of Ma Devi Laxmi, the form can be beauty, finance, goodwill courage and many more. All of them can be achieved by the people who are hardworking and determined. So the famous statement is used many times, उत्तिष्ठत, जाग्रत प्राप्य वरान्नी बोधत – arise, awake and do not stop until you reached the goal.

As per the astrology, Lord Chandra (Moon) is closest to the Earth on this day so Moon looks very big on this night. Also, Moon looks mesmerizing because during the monsoon we cannot see it due to the cloudy nights.

Lord Moon is the combination of beauty and coldness. Once the external beauty is mixed up with the internal beauty then it becomes very peaceful and calm. That is why the Lord Shree Ram and Lord Shree Krishan are also known as the Lord Shree Ramchandra and Lord Shree Krishna Chandra.

Lord Chandra has all the sixteen Kala on this day same as the Lord Shree Krishna. It is the night when Lord Shree Krishna had selected this night to play the famous Maha Ras Lila. People can feel the peace during this night and many poets get their inspiration from Lord Chandra and write poems on Moon and many other topics.

Story: There are lots of stories behind the Sharad Purnima, the most famous one is, Lord Shre Krishna had played the Maha Ras Lila on the Sharad Purnima. Another one is, on this day Ma Devi Laxmi visits Earth and gives the blessing to the people who are awake and worship of Ma Devi Laxmi. Another story is related to the Kojagar Vrat as well. It is also believed that Sharad Purnima is the birthday of Ma Devi Laxmi.

Celebration: People across India celebrate Sharad Purnima as per their tradition with great joy. The main common practice is the worship of Ma Devi Laxmi and Lord Chandra, put the Khir around the shine of Lord Chandra and eat at midnight or the next day morning. Khir, Milk, and the rays of Lord Chandra, all are white and white is the color of peace. People across the nation play Rash Lila with a clean and pure heart.

Significant: On the Sharad Purnima, Amrut came from the rays of Lord Chandra. So it has been observed as per Astrology and Ayurveda if these rays are mixed with food and specifically in Khir it becomes the herb and helps to cure many diseases. Winter starts from the Sharad Purnima.

In short, the Sharad Purnima is the festival of awareness, luxury, happiness, and cheerfulness. We all should celebrate the Sharad Purnima with pure heart and ethics to get perfection in our lives and a way to celebrate our traditional culture.

Dates of Sharad Purnima or Kojagiri Purnima or Kaumudi Purnima

Year Date
2020 Saturday, 31st of October
2021 Wednesday, 20th of October
2022 Sunday, 9th of October
2023 Saturday, 28th of October
2024 Thursday, 17th of October