Narli Purnima, or Narali Pournima, is an important festival and ritual observed on full moon day in Shravan Mahina, especially in
Maharashtra. Narli Purnima 2017 date is August 7. On Narli Poornima day, Narials, or coconuts, are thrown into the sea to propitiate Varuna, the sea-god. Narali Pournima festival is popular along the Konkan and Maharashtra coast.
Narli Purnima is mainly observed by Kolis, the fishing community in the West coast of
The day marks the gradual retreat of the monsoon winds and this helps the fishermen to venture into the sea.
A legend associated with Narli Purnima suggests that the ritual is a sort of thanksgiving to Lord Varuna for holding aloft the bridge that enabled Lord Ram to go to Lanka in epic Ramayan.
Popular belief is that the ritual of throwing coconuts is to seek the blessing of Varuna, the sea god, for a good catch and happy life.
Coconut is offered to Varuna because it is believed to be the purest offering that is available on earth. The water and the kernel inside the coconut are considered to be unadulterated.