Kojagiri Puja is an auspicious day dedicated to worshipping Goddess Lakshmi during Purnima (full moon) in the Hindu month of ‘Ashwin’. It is celebrated with great fanfare in the Indian states of Orissa, West Bengal and Assam.
In the Gregorian calendar it is observed in the months of September-October. This day of Lakshmi Puja is also popularly known as Kojagiri Purnima or ‘Bengal Lakshmi Puja’.
Kojagiri Purnima 2020 was on October 30, Friday
2021 Kojagiri Purnima is on October 19, 2021 Tuesday
Kojagiri Lakshmi Puja
In Hinduism, Lakshmi is known to be the Goddess of Prosperity and it is believed that on the day of ‘Ashwin Purnima’, the Goddess descends on Earth to abundantly bless all with prosperity and good health. The day of Kojagiri Purnima is also referred as Sharad Purnima in some parts of the country. It is a significant festival of Central India, particularly in the Budelkand region and some parts of Bihar.
Rituals during Kojagiri Puja:
During Kojagira Puja, devotees worship Goddess Lakshmi. The idols of Goddess Lakshmi are put up in houses or pandals in the neighbourhood. The rituals of Kojagara Puja vary from community to community. Elaborate Lakshmi Puja is performed under the supervision of a priest. Various offerings like ‘khichuri’, ‘taaler phopol’, ‘narkel bhaja’, ‘naru’ and some sweets are made to please the Goddess and seek Her divine blessings.
Women draw Alpana in the front of their homes on the day of Kojagara Puja. The ‘Alplana’ symbolizing the feet of Goddess Lakshmi is most commonly seen at homes.
Devotees strongly believe that on this day, Goddess Lakshmi visits every households and blesses those who are awake with prosperity and good fortune. Hence they keep vigil all night and spend their time singing bhajans and kirtans in praise of Goddess Lakshmi. As a welcoming gesture people illuminate their houses with lights on the night of Kojagiri Puja.
Chanting mantras and stotrams dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi is also considered to be highly rewarding on this day.
Some devotees, especially women also keep a vrat during Kojagiri Puja. They do not eat or drink anything all through the day. the vrat is broken after completing the puja at night by offering flattened rice and coconut water to Goddess Lakshmi.
Important Timings On Kojagiri Purnima
|Sunrise||October 30, 2020 6:35 AM|
|Sunset||October 30, 2020 5:45 PM|
|Nishita Kaal Puja Time||October 30, 11:45 PM - October 31, 12:36 AM|
|Purnima Tithi Begins||October 30, 2020 5:46 PM|
|Purnima Tithi Ends||October 31, 2020 8:19 PM|
|Place : Ujjain [ India ] See More|
Significance of Kojagiri Purnima and Lakshmi Puja:
Kojagiri Puja is celebrated to propitiate Goddess Lakshmi. The Purnima of the Ashwin month is believed to be the ‘Night of Awakening’ as Goddess Lakshmi comes to Earth to bless Her devotees. Goddess Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity.
Devotees worship Lakshmi with full devotion and dedication on the day of Kojagara Puja to be bestowed with Her generous blessings. The celebration of Kojagara Puja also coincides with the harvest festival in the northern parts of the country.
Kojagiri Purnima festival dates between 2017 & 2027
|2017||Thursday, 5th of October|
|2018||Tuesday, 23rd of October|
|2019||Sunday, 13th of October|
|2020||Friday, 30th of October|
|2021||Tuesday, 19th of October|
|2022||Sunday, 9th of October|
|2023||Saturday, 28th of October|
|2024||Wednesday, 16th of October|
|2025||Monday, 6th of October|
|2026||Sunday, 25th of October|
|2027||Thursday, 14th of October|