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Sharad Purnima – Enjoy this winter festival

Posted on October 5, 2011 | FestivalsNo Comment

Yes as October 11, 2011 is drawing near the Hindu Calendar would see yet another popular date being celebrated by all. This is the day of the full moon in the Ashwin month of the Hindu calendar. It is believed that on this day Sri Krishna performed the Raas Lila with all the Gopis.

It is said that there is a great link between the Sharad Purnima day and the moon. It is said that the moon is closest to the earth on this day and the rays of the moon on this day have great nourishing values. It is said that human beings are benefitted by these rays so all the people spend the evening under these rays or under moonlight on the day of Sharad Purnima thus giving the winter festival all its reasons to be so popular.

Sharad Purnima Moon


This day is also observed as the day of the Kaumudi Puja and the Kaumudi Utsav. It is on this day that the Srimad Bhagvad Purana says that the Bhakti Raas is showered. Poets and all the philosophers are very fascinated and inspired by this day and the day also sees the fantasies of the normal human being kindled. It is also believed to be the love night for those who are truly in love. They all come out and express their love to the moon.

Srimad Bhagvad Purana

People across India make Poha, kheer, puffed rice and many other delicacies. They leave it in the moonlight and then take it later. There are many areas where the full moon is not see so the sweets are seen over a vessel which has boiling milk.

Boiling milk

Nathdwara, Vrindavan and Mathura celebrate Sharad Purnima with great pomp. Many people fast on this day and then consume milk at midnight. There is a story related to Sharad Purnima which is read out on this day. People believe that listening to this story gives a lot of benefits and graces.

The story is about two sisters one of them who was very religious and pious. She observed a fast on this day of Sharad Purnima, the popular winter festival. the younger one wasn’t inclined towards all this but would observe some basic rituals and break her fast by noon.

The elder one had very dutiful children, while the younger one lost her kids at birth. The younger one very worried went to a saint with her problem. He asked her to keep the Sharad Purnima fast properly. The younger one started keeping it properly and the child she gave birth too after this died. She kept the baby like a cushion and asked her elder sister to sit on the chair where she had placed it. The baby below was actually dead but when the elder sister sat on it, it came to life, as the elder sister was very pure after so many years of fast.

Then everyone around came to know of this and thus started the trend of keeping the fast.

How far this story is true is anybody’s belief. Yet this day is auspicious and keeping a fast is not going to harm anyone.

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