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Sharad Poornimaa is celebrated on Aashwin Poornimaa. It is believed that on this night the Moon showers the cool nectar of peace along with the eternal nourishing power on the earth. It makes the mind peaceful and reduces the effect of ‘Pitta, one should acquire this important moonlight on this night.
Ved Vyaas Jee has described the night of ‘Sharad Poornimaa’ as the night of the Raasotsav (Raas celebrations) of the incarnation of Krishn on the Earth in Bhaagvat Puraan's 10th Skandh, , because unlike the Moon showering the cool nectar Krishn too, showered ‘Bhakti Ras' on the Earth. This day is celebrated with full enthusiasm in Brij.
It is also believed to be the day of manifestation of Swaamee Kaarttikeya.
On this day Pohaa (Chivadaa, or puffed rice, or beaten rice, or parched rice) made from new rice along with Kheer, are prepared and left in the moonlight between 9 pm and 12 pm for overnight and then are eaten the next morning. Gold ornaments are also placed in the pot in which the Kheer is cooked. One should never add raisins in any of the milk preparations, though cashew nuts and Charoli (Chiraunjee) can be added. The Prasaad thus prepared should be taken after the Satsang and performing Poojaa, Jap, Dhyaan with the feeling of gaining good health, self cool and prosperity.
White puffed rice, white milk, white sugar and also the moonlight being all white in color…. hence this occasion can also be called "Dhawal Utsav" where Dhaval means white.
The Moon is at the closest point to the Earth on this day and its bright rays have their own curative properties. The rays fall on the food or drinks that are consumed, and help in curing the disorder of Pitta and avoid many other trivial diseases and makes the body healthy.
As the Lord says :
Moon represents calmness in the spiritual form, It is not that there were no problems in the life of Krishn, in fact the Lord faced problems from the very moment of His birth. Raam enjoyed only pleasures in life… this is also untrue, He was exiled at the time of his coronation, but still he was calm, and did not lose His patience.
Sharad Poornimaa is also known as "Kojaagaree Poonam", the festival is celebrated on Asauj (Aashwin) Shuddh 15 - Poornimaa. Lakshmee, the goddess of wealth moves around in the night sky, asking "Ko jaagrati", searching for people below who are awake. "Ko jaagarti" means, ‘"Who is awake?" And to those who are awake she gifts wealth.
Origin of the Festival:
(2) On this night, Krishn invited his faithful devotees, the Gopee of Vrindaa Van, to play the Mahaa Raas (traditional folk-dance) with Him. They had earned his grace by overlooking society’s disdain on them (Lok Laaj), to offer Him unalloyed devotion. Pleased with such immutable love for Him, Krishn initiated the Mahaa Raas, by assuming as many forms as there were Gopee.
Jayati te-dhikam janmanaa vrajah ….. (Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/31/1)
One should remain vigilant at the gateway to God, not letting any mundane objects through. Every moment in our lives requires vigilance and this in itself becomes a subtle form of Tapas - austerity. Those who performed severe austerities without vigilance, succumbed to Maayaa. Vishwaamitra performed austerities for 60,000 years, but lost Jaagriti - vigilance - in Menakaa’s company. Similarly, lack of vigilance toppled Saubhari Rishi, Shringee, Paraashar and others too.
Just as the night sky of Sharad Poornimaa is clear and suffused with lunar resplendence, the aspirant should similarly endeavor to purify his Antahkaran. For this he has to eradicate body-consciousness and mundane desires and imbibe Brahm-consciousness, in order to incessantly experience Par-Brahm. (Geetaa 18/54, Shikshapatri 116). For this the aspirant needs to seek the Gunaateet Saadhu, who is the gateway to Moksh (the Lord), as proclaimed in the Bhaagvat (3/29/20):
Prasangamajaram paashamaatmanaha kavayo viduhu,
Means, the sages decree that if a Jeev who is deeply attached to his body and bodily relatives, if similarly attaches himself to the Gunaateet Saadhu, the doors of Moksh will be opened for him.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 09/29/13