Importance of Sharad Purnima

आश्विन शुक्ल पूर्णिमा का महत्व
Sri Krishna’s Rasaleela on Sharad Purnima
It is also believed that on Sharad Purnima, Lord Krishna began his Raasleela with Radha and his Gopis. Rasaleela is a very interesting miracle performed by Krishna. It is said that the gods who had to be given the fruits of their merits were born as Gopis to enjoy the divine leelas of Krishna. On the day of Sharad Purnima, Krishna played his divine flute and all the Gopis gathered around him. Krishna multiplied himself and danced with each Gopi throughout the night. It is said that through His divine powers, Krishna stretched the night so long for them as though they felt dancing with him for a thousand years.

The term Sharad signifies the Sharad Ritu or autumn season of the year. Sharad Purnima is celebrated as a harvest festival and has huge religious significance. It is believed that Maa Lakshmi was born on this day and if devotees stay vigil all night and offer special prayers to Maa Lakshmi, she bestows them with wealth and prosperity even if there is no Lakshmi yog in their Kundli. Many devotees fast in tribute to Maa Lakshmi on this day as well.
This festival is important in Gujarat as well as West Bengal. Known as Sharad Poonam in the west coast, it is one of the major festivals celebrated in the east after Durga Puja. In Odisha, it is celebrated as Kumar Purnima, i.e. the birthday of Lord Kartikeya.

On Sharad Poornima, the moon at its brightest, its whitest and the moonbeams are at their curative best. While the sun gives growth and colour to the plants, the moon showers them with the medicinal qualities. And it also imparts ‘Ras’, juice, nectar to vegetation. In beings, moon imparts spiritual ‘ras’ that induces true joy of life. On Sharad Poornima it is at its maximum. Romanticism and creativity are at their best on this day.

All evolved souls mystics, Sufis, poets have spoken about the meeting of atma and Prabhu. Krishna made humans feel the climax of sublimation, experience that orgasm, that anand which is beyond human capacity to think of — that sublime state which occurs when soul merges with the highest entity.

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