Kojagar or Sharad Purnima is a festival in which Goddess Lakshmi is believed to descend on earth to shower wealth and prosperity on those people who are awake at night. Kojagara is a term that is referred to those who are awake.
Significance Of Purnima
Kojagiri Purnima is a Lakshmi Puja that is celebrated to pay tribute to Mahalakshmi. On this day, devotees worship and show admiration towards Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Special offerings are made to Goddess Lakshmi and the nine planets (as per Hindu mythology) to seek the blessings and good fortune for all the family members.
Sharad Purnima falls on the full moon day in the month of Ashwin. It is also popular as Kojagar and Kumar Purnima.
The popular legend suggests that on this day, Goddess Lakshmi visits every house and asks a question, “Ko Jagrati?” (“Who is awake?”). Goddess Lakshmi then blesses all those devotees who are found awake at night. There is another popular belief that suggests that on this day Lord Krishna started his divine ‘Raas Lila’ (a traditional folk dance) with Radha and other Gopis (friends).
There is another folk tale about a King who suffered a financial setback in his kingdom. To overcome his bad condition, his Queen observed the fast and kept night vigil and worshipped Goddess Lakshmi. Goddess was pleased with her devotion and blessed the King and Queen. They regained their wealth and prosperity back.
Rituals and Celebrations
Kojagiri Purnima or Kojagar is a night when devotees worship Goddess Lakshmi with Lord Indra (Rain God) sitting on an Erawat Elephant (White Elephant). On Kumar Purnima or Sharad Purnima, many devotees fast for the entire day and prayers are performed at night by lighting 108 lamps, incense sticks and offering flowers. Sweetened rice and milk are offered at the feet of Goddess Lakshmi. The sweetened rice is kept in the moonlight for whole night and is consumed the next morning. In some temples, a procession is carried out at night and devotees gather outside the temple and pray.
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