Sharad Poornima also known as Kojagiri Purnima, Kojagari, Kojagara or Kojagiri Purnima and Kumar Purnima, is basically an harvest festival. Sharad Purnima is one of the most famous Purnimas in Hindu Calendar. According to Hindu mythology it is belived that on this day Sharad Purnima is the only day in the year when the moon comes out with all sixteen Kalas. Sharad Poornima puja is performed by newly wed women who observe rigorous fast on the day of Sharad Purnima. Sharad Purnima 2016 falls on 15th of October.
In Hinduism, each human quality it is believed that the combination of sixteen different Kalas creates a perfect human personality. It was Lord Krishna who was born with all sixteen Kalas and He was the complete incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
The Sharad Purnima or Kojaagari Purnima or Kumar Purnima is a harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin (September–October). It marks the end of monsoon.
On Sharad Purnima not only Moon shines with all sixteen Kalas but its rays also have certain healing properties. To take advantage of Sharad Purnima, Rice-Kheer a famous Indian sweet dish made of cow milk, rice and sugar, is prepared and left in moonlight for the whole night. In the morning, Rice-Kheer which is belived to be fortified with the moonlight is consumed and distributed as Prasad.
Sharad Purnima Tithi 2016:
Sharad Purnima Tithi Begins = 13:25pm on 15/Oct/2016
Sharad Purnima Tithi Ends = 09:53am on 16/Oct/2016