Kojagiri Purnima is a sacred day devoted to the worship of the Goddess of riches and success, Maa Lakshmi. According to the Hindu calendar, the festival is celebrated in the month of Ashwin in the Indian states of West Bengal, Odisha and Assam. It falls on the full moon day and that is why it is known as Kojagiri Purnima. The literal meaning of Kojagiri is “the one who is awakened”, therefore this special day is also called Jagrit Purnima. As it falls in the month of Ashwin according to the Hindu calendar, it is known as Ashwin Purnima.
Kojagiri Purnima 2023: Date, Timings and Muhurat
This year, Ashwing Kojagiri Purnima will be observed on Saturday, October 28, 2023
- Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023
- Kojagara Puja Nishita Kaal Time: 11:39 p.m to 12:31 a.m, October 29
- Purnima Tithi Begins: 04:17 a.m on October 28, 2023
- Purnima Tithi Ends: 01:53 a.m on October 29, 2023
Significance of Kojagiri Purnima
Kojagiri Puja is observed to appease Goddess Lakshmi. On this day, Goddess Lakshmi descends onto earth and visits various households to grace her devotees with her presence and bless them with peace and tranquillity. The night is also called the “Night of Awakening ” since all the devotees stay vigil all night and sing songs and bhajans to celebrate Maa Lakshmi’s ‘aagman’. Goddess Lakshmi is widely regarded as the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity. On Kojagiri Purnima puja day, the devotees worship Goddess Lakshmi with full commitment and devotion to seek her divine blessings. On the same day, people of the northern parts of the country also celebrate the harvest festival and the success of the farmers.
Rituals Of Kojagiri Purnima
- The rituals of Kojagiri Purnima vary from place to place. In most regions, the idols of Goddess Lakshmi are decorated in houses or specific pandals of the neighbourhood. Some people conduct the puja themselves while some others do it through a learned priest.
- Puja Offerings: flower garlands, oil lamp, fruits, bael leaves, ‘khichuri’, ‘taaler phopol’, ‘narkel bhaja’, ‘naru’, Incense Sticks, chandan, kumkum, red bangles, red cloth
- On puja day, women draw ‘Alpana’ in front of their houses. Alpana symbolizes the feet of Maa Lakshmi. The Lakshmi puja is conducted in the evening.
- Some women even observe a strict fast on this day. They do not eat anything and break the vrat at night by offering flattened rice and coconut water to Goddess Lakshmi.
- It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi comes to the earth and visits the households on the night of Kojagiri Purnima. She blesses her devotees with health, wealth and success. Therefore, people decorate their houses with lights, stay awake all night and sing bhajans and stotras to welcome Goddess Lakshmi.
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