The season of festivals is here and strings of festivals are being celebrated across the country. After marking Navratri and Dussehra with utmost fun and fervour, the Hindus across the nation are all set to celebrate Sharad Purnima tonight(October 30th, 2020). Also known as Kojagari Purnima and Raas Purnima, devotees worship Goddess Laxmi on this day for prosperity. It is also marked as the harvest festival, signifying the end of the monsoon season. It is also believed that Sharad Purnima is the only day in a year when moon comes out with all sixteen kala(s).
Sharad Purnima 2020: Date And Time
This year Sharad Purnima falls on Friday, October 30, 2020. As per Drik Panchang, the festival commences on 30th October and ends on 31st October.
Purnima Tithi Begins - 05:45 pm on October 30, 2020
Purnima Tithi Ends - 08:18 pm on October 31, 2020
Significance Of Sharad Purnima, Kojagari Purnima
Deemed to be one of the most auspicious days on the Hindu calendar, this day is celebrated with different beliefs in different parts of India. While people in Bengal worship Goddess Laxmi on this day, Gujaratis worship the moon God for health and prosperity. As per Drik Panchang, Sharad Purnima is celebrated as Raas Purnima in the Brij region. It is believed Lord Krishna performed Maha-Raas with his Gopis on this day.
Fasting And Bhog Rituals Of Sharad Purnima:
As per the tradition people fast for the whole day and prepare bhog to offer God. While some perform nirjala fast, others consume coconut water, fruits and fruits during the fast. Along with several sweet and savoury dishes, what holds a firm place in the bhog platter is rice kheer. On this day, devotees prepare rice kheer and break their fast with the same, after performing the puja. The kheer is then distributed among friends and family the next day.
Here are different rice kheer recipes that you may prepare this Sharad Purnima. Let's take a look!
Sharad Purnima 2020: Here're 4 Rice Kheer Recipes For You:
1. Traditional Rice Kheer
A must-have dessert on any occasion, rice kheer is the ultimate union of rice, milk, dry fruits and cardamom. It is rich, luscious and can be made with just a few ingredients. Click here for the recipe.
2. Paal Payasam
Giving a South Indian spin to the quintessential rice kheer, Paal Payasam is a delicious mix of rice milk, ghee, cashewnuts and raisins. It is offered as as 'prasadam' in temples across Southern region of India. Click here for the recipe.
3. Rose And Almond Rice Kheer:
If you are someone who like experimenting with your food, then this dish is just for you! Here, the rich flavour of rice pudding is enhanced with addition of some aromatic rose water, rose petals and crunchy almonds in it. Click here for recipe.
4. Khazur Makuti:
A traditional dessert from Bihar, here the rice kheer is a twist of dates and moong dal to make it festive and yet more luscious. Click here for the recipe.
Happy Sharad Purnima 2020!