Kojagiri Purnima, the harvest festival also known as Sharad Purnima or Kumar Purnima will fall on the 15th of October, 2016 (Saturday). This festival marks the end of the monsoon season
Kojagari Lakshmi puja is the worship of Goddess Mahalakshmi. We pay our respect to Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. During the tradition of Kojagari Laxmi puja, special offerings are made to Goddess Lakshmi and the Nine Planets to seek blessings and good fortune for all family members. Lakshmi is the goddess of light, beauty, good fortune and wealth. Even though Lakshmi is worshiped to achieve success, She does not reside with anyone who is disinclined to work and wish Her only as wealth. A night vigil is observed in Her honor. As per folklore a King was once in deep financial crisis and was going through difficult times. His queen observed a fast and jagran / night vigil and worshiped goddess Laxmi. Pleased by this devotion the Goddess blessed them with wealth and prosperity.
Kaumudi celebrations are also observed on this day. Kaumudi means moonlight and this is a traditional celebration of the moon. This celebration represents Lord Krishna’s dance with the Gopis. It is said that Lord Krishna performed the Maha Raas (the dance of divine love) on the day of Sharad Purnima. During the night of Sharad Purnima, the divine music from the flute of Krishna awoke the Gopis who slipped away from their homes to the forest and danced with Krishna throughout the night. Lord Krishna created several Krishnas to dance with each Gopi. It is also believed that Lord Krishna stretched the duration of this night to the length of one night of Lord Brahma, which is almost a billion years in Earth.
The Moon and the Earth are very close to each other on this day and this proximity of the Moon rays have many medical benefits for the body and soul. Sages believe that the moon rays on this night drip of nectar. Hence the delicacies like rice kheer made in the night is left under the moonlight for the whole night and distributed as Prasad to the whole family. It is believed that this Prasad is invigorated with the divinity of the moonlight.
Worshipping God Chandra on Sharad Purnima is considered very propitious. The newlywed women who pledge to carry out Purnimasi fasting for a year should start their fast on this day. Sharad Purnima is known as Sharad Poonam in Gujarat. It is known as Raas Purnima in the Brij regions. In some parts Sharad Purnima is called Kojagara Purnima and here Kojagara Vrat or Kaumudi Vrat is observed for the entire day.
The night of arousing wealth and prosperity
On the night of Kojagiri Purnima, worship Goddess Mahalakshmi along with Lord Indra on Erawat elephant (His vahana, the white elephant). Shodashopachara Puja is also performed. After fasting for the whole day, puja at night is carried out with the lighting of 108 lamps or candles, incense sticks and offering of flowers. Bhog of kheer made of makhana and milk is a must to appease Goddess Laxmi. Kheer is prepared and kept under moonlight for the whole night and eaten in morning, on the next day.
"Nishithe varda lakshmih ko jagartiti bhashini
Jagati bhramate tasyam lokcheshtavalokini
Tasme vitam prayachachami yo jagarti mahitle"
Shri yantra or Shree Yantra is the personification of Goddess Lakshmi Herself and is one of the most ancient, pure and powerful Yantras. It is an instrument of mystical diagram which is related geographically to the five elements of nature. It is an apparatus to attain siddhi and fulfill one's desires and ambitions. Shri yantras are prepared by vamtantra with colors obtained from Ashthagandha, Keshar and Gorochan and other mystic Herbs on auspicious times to give the full benefit. To get it fully energized, Shri yantra is prepared at a particular auspicious time on Ashwin purnima night when the maximum power from a particular planet is generated. Once fully energized with utmost skill and sincerity, Yantras help ward off evil effects of planets, spirits or one's adversaries
DAAN or DONATION
Daan/donation is the most significant aspect of human life in which even after giving away his most precious possessions he finds blissful solace. Daan is meant to propitiate sins committed knowingly or unknowingly in this life or earlier lives. Daan is fruitful only when you give your precious possessions unhesitatingly and without expectation of any return. Daan is meritorious and virtuous when you give it secretly. Pure daan earns pure punnya. Only your earned virtues get carried to the next Life. You earn what you sow, nothing more nothing less. Earn more virtue by giving away your best to the needy.
Ann daan and Vastra daan are the two forms of donations that you can do on this day.
JAGRAN or NIGHT VIGIL
On the night of Kojagari Purnima, jagran is auspicious for spiritual awakening. It is believed that persons who are awake on this purnima night and take part in the jagrans or any other religious activities are blessed by Goddess Laxmi and Lord Indra with wealth and prosperity.
ASTROLOGICAL BENEFITS OF KOJAGIRI PURNIMA PUJA
Performing Kojagiri Purnima puja and daan helps everyone and reduces the malefic effects of Brahaspati and Chandra to a great extent. Persons going under mahadasa (main-period) or antardardasa (sub-period) of Jupiter and Moon can take benefit by carrying out this puja and daan.
MAY GOD LAXMI BLESS US ALL!