Sharad Purnima is an important festival for Hindus that falls on the ‘purnima’ (full moon day) in the month of ‘Ashwin’ in the traditional Hindu calendar. This observance falls somewhere in the months of September-October in the English calendar. According to the Hindu mythological stories, this day holds special significance for Hare Krishna followers as it is believed that on this auspicious day Sri Krishna performed the ‘Raas Lila’ in Vridavan with Radha and other Gopis. For this reason, Sharad Purnima is also referred as ‘Raas Purnima’. The night of Sharad Purnima is henceforth considered to be the night of love and couples express their love in the moonlight.

Sharad Purnima is also celebrated as ‘Navanna Purnima’, ‘Kaumudi Puja’, ‘Kumar Purnima’ or ‘Kojaagari Purnima’. It is a harvest festival that marks the end of the monsoon season and the onset of the winter season. This harvest festival is predominately celebrated in West Bengal, Gujarat, Orissa, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. This festival is associated with Lord Krishna and is therefore celebrated with utmost enthusiasm and fervour in the northern regions of the country, especially in Vridavan, Braj, Mathura and Nathdwara.

Sharad Purnima 2017 was on October 05 Thursday

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Sharad Purnima

Sharad Purnima

Rituals during Sharad Purnima:

  • On Sharad Purnima, women, especially the newlyweds keep a fast. Those who desire to take the ‘Purnimasi Fasting’ start it with Sharad Purnima vrat. It is believed that by keeping a fast on this auspicious day the individual will be bestowed with happiness, good health and wealth.
  • Devotees worship Lord Krishna and Moon God on Sharad Purnima.
  • Sharad Purnima is dedicated to worshiping Goddess Lakshmi. On this day, devotees offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi to seek Her divine blessings. They also stay awake all night as it believed that Goddess Lakshmi descends on Earth on the day of Sharad Purnima and bless all those She finds awake with prosperity and wealth.
  • In some parts of the country, people prepare poha, kheer, puffed rice or other sweets and leave it under moonlight. The preparations are then consumed later as it is believed they absorb the curative properties of moon rays in them.
  • On the occasion of Sharad Purnima, special religious programs and held in the temples in Vrindavan and devotees throng the temples in large numbers.

Important Timings On Sharad Purnima

Sunrise05-Oct-2017 06:23 AM
Sunset05-Oct-2017 18:06 PM
Purnima Tithi Begins 05-Oct-2017 01:47 AM
Purnima Tithi Ends06-Oct-2017 00:10 AM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Sharad Purnima:

Of all the purnimas of the Hindu calendar, Sharad Purnima is the most popular of all. The night of Sharad Purnima holds immense spiritual and religious significance. This day is special as it is held that on this chosen day, moon possesses all the sixteen Kala(s). In Hinduism, each of the Kala denotes a specific human quality and Lord Krishna was the only one born with these 16 Kala (s). Hindu devotees therefore worship Chandra Dev (Moon God) with full devotion. Also according to the astrological it is considered that moon is closest to the Earth on this day and the moon rays possess nourishing elements. Therefore on the day of Sharad Purnima, people spend their evenings under the moonlight to benefit the curative properties of the moon rays. In some places, it is forbidden to view the moon directly and it is seen as a reflection on a vessel containing boiling milk.

Sharad Purnima festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Wednesday, 8th of October
2015Tuesday, 27th of October
2016Sunday, 16th of October
2017Thursday, 5th of October
2018Wednesday, 24th of October
2019Sunday, 13th of October
2020Saturday, 31st of October
2021Wednesday, 20th of October
2022Sunday, 9th of October
2023Saturday, 28th of October
2024Thursday, 17th of October
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