As we all know the second half of the year has various festivals that are celebrated with fun and fulfillment. I’m a Maharashtrian and I have always loved to be a part of the harvest festival of Maharashtra that is celebrated on the full moon day. Yes, I’m talking about “Kojagiri Purnima” that is also known as “The Sharad Purnima”. It is a harvest festival that is celebrated in the month of Ashvin (September-October) that marks the end of the rainy season.
This festival holds a very strong religious significance in the heart of Maharashtrians. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi visits from place to place asking “Kojagiri” meaning “Who is awake” and she blesses those who are found awake. And that’s why you will find people not sleeping for the whole night, instead they sing, dance and remember God through chantings and devotional songs under the moonlight. Along with this, people restrain from having any solid food for the day and instead they take only fluids like coconut water and milk. A special fluid known as “Milk Masala” is consumed on this day. Milk Masala is a ready-made combination of dry fruits and milk.
On 27th October this year, Maharashtrian will observe the Kojagiri Purnima. There are various legendary stories that are believed to be the reason why this day is celebrated. It is said that a Kind was going through bad times financially as well as personally. His wife couldn’t bear the sight of her upset husband and hence she started praying Goddess Laxmi who is known as the Goddess of Wealth. She stayed awake for nights praying and on seeing her dedication and devotion, Goddess Laxmi was impressed and blessed her and her husband and they regained prosperity.
The Kojagiri Purnima is celebrated to invoke the blessings of the moon. Thus, you will find, as a ritual, people preparing “Kheer” (sweet rice porridge) and keeping directly under the moonlight, as a prasad, that is believed to invoke the blessings of the moon. It is believed that the Moon pours its light in the form of Amrit (nectar) into the kheer and whoever consumes this gets blessed.
Celebrate the Kojagiri Purnima with your family and experience the serene moment. Pray to the moon God who is believed to be the brother of Goddess Laxmi and get the blessings of the Goddess. Stay awake at night and join your family in the celebration.