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Sharad Purnima Vrat is also known as Kojaagari Purnima Vrat or Kumar Purnima Vrat. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu Ashvin month. The "Sharad" in Sharad Purnima indicates the "Sharad Ritu" (season) of the year. Basically a harvest festival, Sharad Purnima also has religious significance.
Kojaagari Laksmi Puja or Sharad Purnima is also one of the harvest festivals of the nation. Sharad Purnima day denotes the end of the monsoon. A special celebration is associated with Sharad Purnima day called as 'Kaumudi' (means moonlight) celebration. At night, believers worship Maa Laxmi (Goddess of Wealth & Prosperity) and stay awake throughout the night.
Sharad Purnima Vrat:
16 October / 2016
05 October / 2017
24 October / 2018
13 October / 2019
31 October / 2020
20 October / 2021
09 October / 2022
Significantly, it is believed that those who wish to gain wealth should always be vigilant at night. It is also believed that on Sharad Purnima day as the moon and the earth are very close to each other, the moon rays with its healing properties nourishes our body and the mind. Sharad Purnima is known as Kumar Poornima in Odisha, state of India. Kumar Purnima, the autumn festival is the famous and important festival of Odisha.
According to Legends, once a king was going through a bad time and great financial crunches, but then his queen observed this fast and night vigil, and worshiped the Goddess of fortune and wealth. As a result, they were blessed by Mata Lakshmi and finally regained their prosperity. Legend also says, 'Kumar' or Kartikeya, the handsome son of Lord Mahadev (Shiva) started war against Tarakasur on this special day.
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