Sharadotsav is the traditional name of Durga Puja and also for Navratri in different parts of
. The season after the monsoon rains in India is referred as Sharad and the festivals that are held during the period are referred as Sharadotsav. In India Bengal, Durga Puja is also known by the name of Shardotsav. In North India, some Hindu communities refer to the nine-day Navratri and Vijayadasami as Sharadotsav.
Sharad season, or Sharath Ritu, falls during the Ashwin and Kartik months in traditional Hindu calendars.
Sharad season is between monsoon season and the early winter season and is noted for pleasant climate with Mother Nature adorning a green cover. In
, Sharad season is from September to November as per Gregorian calendar. India
Navratri, Durga Puja, Sharad Purnima, Diwali are some of the important festivals held during the period.
Except for Diwali all other festivals that are observed during the period are occasionally referred as Sharadotsav.
Sharadotsav at Vrindavan during the full moon day in the month of Ashwin celebrates the Ras Leela of Lord Krishna, Radha and Gopis.
The moon is believed to closer to earth during this period and the rays of moon are believed to help in curing ailments. There is a popular belief that moon’s rays have curative properties.