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Sharad Purnima 2023 - Significance of Sharad Purnima

Observed on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September – October), Sharad Purnima is of great significance to Krishna Devotees. Sharad Purnima 2023 date is October 28 as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar – India Standard Time. Sri Krishna, Radha, and Gopis of Vrindavan performed Ras Lila on the Sharad Poonam day. Yet another importance of the day is that moon is closest to earth on the day.

Significance of Sharad Purnima

There is also a close connection between the moon and the Sharad Purnima day – the moon is believed to be close to the earth on the day and it is believed that moon’s rays contain nourishing elements. People believe that as the moon is nearest to the earth on the day and as moon’s rays has several curative properties it will be helpful to human beings. So people spend the evening under moonlight.

Chandra, the moon god, is associated with herbs and medicine in Hinduism.

Significance of Sharad Purnima

Ras Lila and Bhakti 

The showering of Bhakti Raas on the Sharad Purnima night by Krishna on Gopis and Radha has been the main theme for poets and philosophers and still continues to attract the fantasies of common man. The Sharad Purnima night is also seen as the night of love and couples come out at night to face the moon and express their love.

Special Delicacy Prepared During Sharad Purnima Night

In some regions, Poha, puffed rice, and kheer, sweet, is prepared and left in the moonlight and is consumed later. In some areas, the full moon is not seen directly instead it seen on a vessel filled with boiling milk.

Sharad Poornima is of great significance in Mathura, Braj, Vrindavan, and Nathdwara.

The day is observed as Kaumudi Puja – Kaumudi Utsav and as Navanna Purnima.

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