Goddess Lakshmi is the divine power behind all wealth, fortune and prosperity. Consort to Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi has four hands that symbolise dharma, kama, artha and moksha. All women folk are specifically considered to have been born out of Goddess Lakshmi. Kojagara Puja or the Sharad Purnima is celebrated by devotees to seek blessings of prosperity from the Devi. It also marks the end of the Monsoons. It is a harvest festival. In the Mithila region, it is called the Kojagara.
Story Behind Sharad Purnima
As per an old folk tale, there was a King who had befallen to the bad days of poverty and had lost his everything. His wife, the Queen then observed the fast of Sharad Purnima fulfilling all rituals including the night vigil. Goddess Lakshmi then became happy and blessed the King once again with all wealth and prosperity.
A Maithili Legend revolving around Kojagara states that Lachchmi and Alachchhmi were twin sisters. Lachchmi loved sweet dishes and brings in good luck, whereas Alachchmi loved spicy food and brings bad luck. Thus, spicy food is kept out-of-doors so that Alachchmi has her fill and goes away and sweet dishes are kept in small amounts outside and a second larger helping is kept inside so that Lachchhmi comes inside the house and stays there.
It is also believed that on the night of Sharad Purnima, Lord Krishna performed the Maha-raaas with the Gopis.
Why is it Celebrated
It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi goes around house to house this night and tends to bless the devotees who fast with all rituals and keep vigil all night with wealth and prosperity.
The Tithi begins at 1:25 pm on 15th October, 2016 to 9:53 am the next day. The moonrise time is 5:29 pm.
Lord Krishna was the only incarnation of Lord Vishnu that had all the 16 kalas or qualities possible in a man. It is believed that Sharad Purnima is the only day in the year when the moon comes out with all sixteen Kala(s). The moon of Sharad Purnima is believed to have divine powers.
Products to perform the puja
It is one of the most auspicious Purnima in the Hindu Calendar. The rituals include: