Kojagiri Purnima


Kojagiri Poornima is one of the most important full moon festivals in India, especially in Maharashtra, Orissa and West Bengal. Full moon day of Ashwina masa is observed as Kojagiri Poornima signifying the official end of Monsoon season. Kojagiri vrat for Goddess Lakshmi is observed on this day with great dedication across Orissa, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and other regions of eastern India. All the Lakshmi temples of Vrindavan, Braj, Nathdwara and Mathura organize various events and festivals on this day. This day is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and Rain god- Indra.

Kojagiri Purnima Date 2023

Sat , 28th Oct 2023

Significance

Devotees usually stay awake all night to bask in the moon light called ‘Amrit Barkha’ (nectar rain) to celebrate this festival. It is also known as the ‘Kaumudi’ celebration, kaumudi translates to moonlight. Some parts of India like Madhura and Vrindavan celebrates the divine Ras Leela of Krishna with gopis on this Poornima. According to a popular folklore, Goddess Lakshmi is said to visit devotee’s homes and bestow her merciful blessings on those She finds awake. The Sanskrit word ‘Kojagiri’ translates to ‘the one who is awake’. So, people observe night vigil. It is also believed that the moon is very close to earth on this day and the moonlight on this night has healing power. It is highly beneficial for mind and soul in addition to the natural influence of Moon planet on the mind. Because of the curative properties of the moonlight, people stay outside at night to soak in the moonlight.

According to Siddhas and Yogis, full moon magnifies our receptivity. Everything in us, our inner nature is magnified on this day. If you are a joyous person, you become highly joyful; if you are peaceful, you become serene on this day. Whatever is your core quality, it overflows. Life energy flows in a whole different way. Energy channels Ida and Pingala are overwhelmed with Moon’s energy. Enhanced receptivity facilitated by Moon makes Pournami ideal for Meditations, new beginnings, wealth rituals.

Astronomically, when the natural satellite Moon moves into a certain position (or degrees) with its Planet Earth, the moon’s gravitational pull gets stronger and forceful. This causes change in water element of the planet i.e high tides in the ocean, heavy thrust in waterfalls and other water bodies. The water everywhere is trying to rise up or spill. Same effect is reflected in our system since 70 percent of a human body is just water element in the form of blood, lymph, and other fluids. Modern science quotes this reason for the enhanced receptivity on Pournami.

Rituals

Wake up in the Brahma Muhurtha, the time period of 4:00 AM to 6:00 AM. If feasible take a holy dip in a holy river. Worship Lord Indra and Goddess Lakshmi, offer sincere prayers to the deities. We can observe fast all day beginning from the time of sunrise or be on a juice fast or vegan diet. We can begin new spiritual practices, be part of Bhajans, read scriptures or chant vedic hymns. We can donate for a noble cause. We can offer various sacred things to temple like new vastram- silk cloth to Goddess Lakshmi in the temple, or vermilion, sandalwood. This special pooja brings relief from prolonged illnesses, and bestows wealth, health, and overall welfare. In the night, the Moon is seen in a unique way; a vessel is filled with boiling milk and the Moon’s reflection is seen on the milk surface. People also light 108 lamps for the Lakshmi pooja. Traditionally, cold milk and rice flakes are consumed on this night, after sighting the Moon.

Benefits

  • Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi is a boon for the riches, He blesses success in all financial endeavours to attain material blessings. 
  • This Poornima vrat also ensures smooth, successful functioning in businesses 
  • Kojagiri Poornima vrat provides prosperity, great financial freedom to entrepreneurs who are in debts and losses 
  • Goddess Lakshmi aids successful recovery from financial struggles. 
  • Lakshmi and Lord Indra bestow financial supremacy, security, endurance to the wealth accumulated. Helps to clear loans, debts. 
  • Observing Vrat on this Poornima blesses smooth marital relationship and Mangalya bala.

Kojagiri Purnima festival dates between 2019 & 2029

Year

Date

2019

Sunday, 13th of October

2020

Friday, 30th of October

2021

Tuesday, 19th of October

2022

Sunday, 9th of October

2023

Saturday, 28th of October

2024

Wednesday, 16th of October

2025

Monday, 6th of October

2026

Sunday, 25th of October

2027

Thursday, 14th of October

2028

Monday, 2nd of October

2029

Sunday, 21st of October