Narali Purnima (Narial Pournami) is regional festival of Maharashtra. Narali Purnima is observed on Shravan Purnima, the Full moon day in Sawan month. In 2012, Nariyal Poornima date is August 2. Narial Purnima is a traditional festival observed mainly in Coastal Maharashtra. Narali Pournami festival marks the Thanksgiving Day to Sea God. Some people also observe it on 1st August as Paurnima begins on 1st.
Fishermen and fishing community in Maharashtra celebrates the Nariyal Purnima or the Coconut Festival in a jubilant manner. On the day of Narial Festival, fishermen of Maharashtra worship Samudra (Sea God) and Varuna Deva (Rain God). Coconuts are offered to the Sea God. After the Puja, fishing is started. They perform the pooja to the Sea God to protect them from natural calamities. Narali Poornima marks the monsoon season and represents the beginning of new fishing period.
Why Nariyal or Coconuts are used as Offering?
Nariyal or coconut has three eyes. Coconut is considered as three eyed God, Lord Shiva. That is the reason why coconut is used as the offering to Sea God and Rain God.