As per the Hindu calendar this is one of the auspicious festival and known as Sharad Purnima. The Sharad is a season as per Indian system and Purnima means full moon night. Hence, it means the night of Sharad when there is full moon. It falls in the month of Ashwin or Aso. This festival is also known as Kojaagiri Purnima, Kuamr Purnima as well as Kaumudi Purnima. It is believed as the night when Goddess Lakshmi who is the provider of wealth and property visits the home of her devotees and fill them with great prosperity. It is also believed as the birthday of the Goddess Lakshmi and therefore various pujas are performed. People worship her at home and even her idols are installed at various places where people visit for puja.
The full moon night celebration
There are also people who believe that on this night the earth and the moon are closest and therefore the rays of moon which have some particular healing power for body and soul fall on earth which can benefit people. Hence, this night also has importance as per the Ayurveda.
It is also believed that the people who awake on this night, get blessed by the goddess Lakshmi and therefore they keep awakened for the whole night and do various activities such as singing songs and playing games. They eat milk and rice flakes as well as other items made of milk.
It is also an important festival for farmers as it is related to harvesting season. Hence, in some parts people decorate the house and also make certain designs at the gate of the house that symbolises a warm welcome to the goddess. In many parts of India there are various pujas performed and people celebrate it with sweets. The unmarried girls perform special pujas on this day to get a handsome groom.