Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Night Of Amrit Varsha: Sharad Purnima

Sharad Purnima has its special importance in Hindu traditions. It is a harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of Ashwin (month in the Hindu calendar), marking the end of Indian monsoon and the advent of the winter season. It is one of the best weather of the year for the Indians, hot days and cool nights. There are many rituals and traditions attached with this Purnima, A full moon night. It is regarded as one of the auspicious days of Ashwin. On this day, the earth and moon are very close to each other and it’s believed that the rays of the moon have certain healing properties of nourishing the body & the soul. The moon sprinkles its elixir (Amrit) over the earth healing it in and out.
There are different names for this special full moon night, Sharad Purnima, Kojaagari Purnima, Kaumudi celebration. There are certain beliefs and customs associated with this beautiful night of full moon and it’s celebrated in different ways in different parts of India.

There is a folk tale, Once  the king was in great  financial crunch. The queen kept the fast on this day and did not sleep the whole night and worshipped Goddess Lakshmi, God of wealth and thereafter, they were blessed by the Goddess and they regained their prosperity. In many parts of India, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on this day.This night is spent in festivity playing different games,singing songs sitting under the moonlight or keep themselves busy in groups enjoying the night believing that Goddess Lakshmi visits at night and will bless the people.

Even there is a practice to make “Kheer” on this day garnished with dry fruits and is kept under the moonlight and then consumed thereafter. Even Ayurveda confirms this with a belief that the “Kheer“ bathed under the moon rays has healing properties, hence many people consume Kheer after this Sharad Purnima night, the rays are termed as “Amrit Barkha”(rain of nectar)
In Maharashtra, it is celebrated as a harvest festival and milk and rice flakes are drunk on this day.
The people of Gujarat celebrate this day by indulging in Garba & Dandiya Raas. It is believed that the Lord Krishna danced with his Gopi on the night of Sharad Purnima.

In Bengal, it is “Lakkhi Puja” and several bhogs are prepared to appease Mother Goddess Lakshmi after Durga Puja. The Bengalis Durga Puja concludes with this page.

In Orissa, it is observed as Kumar Purnima, a belief follows that Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva was born on this day.

In the Mithila region, the puja is known by the name of Kojagaraha. All the household goods are cleaned and put out in the courtyard, prior to which, the courtyard is cleaned and decorated with Alpana. The idols are used for worship and an offering of paan, makhana, batasha and kheer is made. They are kept out there overnight so that they are bathed in the pious "Sharad Purnima" moonlight also known as "Amrit Barkha" (rain of nectar).

In Vrindavan, the popular deity Lord Bihariji is decked with decorative on this day, it’s also known as Raas Purnima. Millions of devotees from all over North India throng to this place to have radiant Darshan of Bihariji, which is only possible once a year.

Meditation lovers gather on the shores of Ganges under the full moon to seek peace and tranquility.The moon, which looks bigger, golden & ethereal on the night of Sharad Purnima is a beauty to watch, the sight of which soothes our eyes. It’s a glory to watch the beautiful moon gleaming behind the clouds, playing hide and seek.

Enjoy the few clicks of the moon on the night of Sharad Purnima. It’s a romantic night for the people in love and the lovers would enjoy the showers of moon elixir under the sky.

Clicks by Mobile camera on the eve of Sharad Purnima.

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