Kojagiri Purnima- Maa Lakshmi’s Visit To The Earth!

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Kojagiri Purnima is a sacred day devoted to the worship of the Goddess of riches and success, Maa Lakshmi. According to the Hindu calendar, the festival is celebrated in the month of Ashwin in the Indian states of West Bengal, Odisha and Assam. The literal meaning of Kojagiri is “the one who is awakened”, therefore this special day is also called Jagrit Purnima.

Significance of Kojagiri Purnima

Kojagiri Puja is observed to appease Goddess Lakshmi. On this day, Goddess Lakshmi descends onto earth and visits various households to grace her devotees by her presence and bless them with peace and tranquillity. The night is also called the “Night of Awakening ” since all the devotees stay vigil all night and sing songs and bhajans to celebrate Maa Lakshmi’s ‘aagman’. Goddess Lakshmi is widely regarded as the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity. On the Kojagiri Purnima puja day, the devotees worship Goddess Lakshmi with full commitment and devotion to seek her divine blessings. On the same day, people of the northern parts of the country also celebrate the harvest festival and the success of the farmers.

Kojagiri Purnima Date, Timings and Muhurat

  • Date: 19 October 2021, Tuesday 
  • Sunrise: 6:29 AM
  • Sunset: 5:54 PM
  • Nishita Kaal Puja Time: October 19, 11:46 PM – October 20, 12:37 AM
  • Purnima Tithi Begins: October 19, 2021, 7:03 PM
  • Purnima Tithi Ends: October 20, 2021, 8:26 PM

Rituals Of Kojagiri Purnima 

  • The rituals of Kojagiri Purnima vary from place to place. In most regions, the idols of Goddess Lakshmi are decorated in houses or specific pandals of the neighbourhood. Some people conduct the puja themselves while some others do it through a learned priest.
  • Puja Offerings: flower garlands, oil lamp, fruits, bael leaves, ‘khichuri’, ‘taaler phopol’, ‘narkel bhaja’, ‘naru’, Incense Sticks, chandan, kumkum, red bangles, red cloth 
  • On the puja day, women draw ‘Alpana’ in front of their houses. Alpana symbolizes the feet of Maa Lakshmi. The Lakshmi puja is conducted in the evening.
  • Some women even observe a strict fast on this day. They do not eat anything and break the vrat at night by offering flattened rice and coconut water to Goddess Lakshmi.
  • It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi comes to the earth and visits the households on the night of Kojagiri Purnima. She blesses her devotees with health, wealth and success. Therefore, people decorate their houses with lights, stay awake all night and sing bhajans and stotras to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. 

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