The festive season is in full swing and we are celebrating a range of festivals back-to-back. Hindus across India recently marked Navratri and Durga Puja which concluded with Vijaya Dashami (or Dussehra). And now, we are all set to celebrate Sharad Purnima soon. Also known as Kojagari Purnima and Raas Purnima, devotees, on this day, worship Goddess Lakshmi on this day for prosperity. For the unversed, Goddess Lakshmi is also referred to as Kojagari. In Bengal, it is celebrated as Lokkhi (Lakshmi) Pujo, whereas Gujaratis mark this festival as Sharad Poonam. In the Brij region, Sharad Purnima is also known as Raas Purnima; it is believed that on this day Lord Krishna performed Maha-Raas.
Sharad Purnima 2022: Date And Time Of Kojagari Purnima:
This year, Sharad Purnima falls on October 9, 2022 (Sunday). It is stated that Sharad Purnima falls exactly a week after Maha Saptami of Navratri (or Durga Puja).
- Moonrise on Sharad Purnima day – 05:51 PM
- Purnima Tithi Begins – 03:41 AM on October 09, 2022
- Purnima Tithi Ends – 02:24 AM on October 10, 2022
Sharad Purnima 2022 Celebration: Here’re 5 Classic Bhog Recipes:
As mentioned earlier, Sharad Purnima is celebrated with different beliefs in different parts of India. While Bengalis worship Goddess Lakshmi for prosperity, Gujaratis worship the god of health. But what remains common for all is fasting. People observe vrat throughout the day and prepare Bhog to offer to their beloved deity. From khichdi and pulav to kheer, various sweet and savoury dishes are prepared during the festival.
We bring you a few such classic bhog recipes that are prepared during Sharad Purnima. Take a look.
A quintessential bhog recipe in Bengal, khichuri is made with ‘gobindobhog’ rice, moong dal, some seasonal vegetables and masalas. You can offer it as is or pair it with labra (Bengali mixed veg) and chutney. Click here for the recipe.
It also holds a constant position in almost every bhog thali. You can easily prepare it at home and serve it with sooji ka halwa. Click here for the recipe.
Sooji Ka Halwa:
Sooji, cooked with ghee, sugar and dry fruits, halwa defines comfort. It makes for a classic sweet dish in almost every Indian household and tastes great as is or when served with luchi (or poori). Click here for the recipe.
Call it kheer, payesh or payasam, this creamy goodness defines Indian dessert. Here, rice is cooked with milk and sugar and topped with dry fruits of your choice. However, the texture and flavour of the dish vary from place to place. Some use gud (jaggery) instead of sugar; while some like adding cardamom powder for the added aroma. Click here for the recipe.
Finally, a bhog platter never seems complete without laddu. Hence, we got some nariyal laddu for you. Also called ‘narkel nadu’ in Bengali, it melts in the mouth in just no time. Click here for the recipe.
Now that you have the recipes handy, we suggest, preparing them for Bhog and celebrating Sharad Purnima with much enthusiasm.
Happy Sharad Purnima 2022!