India Celebrates Kojagiri Purnima (Sharad Purnima)

Sharad Purnima

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New Delhi, Oct 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) The Sharad Purnima or Kojagiri Purnima or Kumar Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Ashvin (September-October). Also known as Navanna Purnima in some parts of India, it is considered the most beautiful full moon of the year.

On this event, on a clear sky, the Moon’s orb appears enormous as it rises on the horizon, magical in its enchantment the world over. It is close to the Autumn Equinox. A crystal clear night on the earth at its purest following months of overcast skies and persistent rain showers inspires many outdoor festivals of Arts - poetry, folk theater, dance and music.

Adi Sankara, the great ascetic and mideaval Indian philosopher of monotheism, has compared the luminescence of the Sharad Purnima to the beauty and fullness of the Goddess Amba in his poetic composition, “Saundaryalahari” (Ripples of Beauty). In some parts of the country, fast is observed on the occasion and a full night vigil is also kept to welcome Goddess Lakshmi, the symbol of prosperity.

In the Western world, according to a folklore, October's full moon is called the "Hunter's Moon" or sometimes the "Blood Moon". It gets its name from hunters who tracked and killed their prey by autumn moonlight, stockpiling food for the winter ahead.

Scores of people visit the Taj Mahal in Agra on Sharad Purnima to witness the “chamki” (shine). As the magnificent moon appears over the Taj Mahal each marble piece sparkles when the moon rays strike its surface at a certain angle giving it a “Chamki” effect. Normally after the rains, the Taj looks sparkling white and when the moon rays fall on the white surface, one of the wonders of the world turns into a rare spectacle.

- PIB Features

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