Sharad Purnima 2016
Purnima Tithi Begins – 13:25 on 15th October, 2016
Purnima Tithi Ends – 09:53 on 16th October, 2016
Moonrise on Sharad Purnima – 17:36
All you want to know about Sharad Purnima:
Sharad Purnima is one of the most celebrated Purnima in our Hindu Panchang ( calendar ) . On the day of Sharad Purnima, the moon rises with all the sixteen Kalas. As per Hindu texts, all the human qualities are associated with each respective Kala and a human personality is said to be perfect if it is a mixture of all the sixteen Kalas. It is believed that Lord Rama was born with only twelve Kalas and Lord Krishna was born with all the sixteen Kalas. Lord Krishna was complete incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
On the Sharad Purnima day, worshiping God Chandra ( Moon ) is considered to be very meaningful. Sharad Purnima is also known by the name of Sharad Poonam in Gujarat. Women who are newly wed and decides to keep fasts on Purnima throughout the year starts their fast from this auspicious day. In some regions, it is also known by the name of Kojagara Purnima, where Kojagara fast / Kaumudi Vrat is observed for the whole day.
When Moon shines with all the sixteen Kalas, it is believed that the moon rays have certain healing properties. These healing rays nourish the soul and body deeply. These moon rays pour healing nectar.
Lord Krishna is dressed up in white dress as a symbol of moon and sits in moonlight on this day. Traditionally, rice pudding ( kheer ) prepared with rice, cow’s milk and sugar is left under the moonlight for full Sharad Purnima night to inculcate the healing properties in it. This rice kheer is then consumed as Prasad in morning by all the members of the family.
Few people also believe that putting thread in a needle with a naked eye on this auspicious day in moonlight heals all the problems associated with eyes and eyes become healthy with natural power.
Sharad Purnima is the one night when Lord Krishna performed the dance of divine love which is popularly known as Maha-Raas. Therefore, it is also famous as Raas Purnima in Brij region ( place where Lord Krishna took birth- Brij Bhoomi ). On the night of Sharad Purnima, after listening to the melodious flute music of Krishna, Gopis of Vrindavan came far from their homes and families to the forest area to perform maha-raas with Krishna for the duration of the night.
It was the day when Lord Krishna made a few of Krishna(s) to dance with each Gopi. It is trusted that Lord Krishna extraordinarily extended the night to the length of one night of Lord Brahma which was equal to billions of human years.