Kojagari Lakshmi Pooja is observed on the Full Moon day in Ashwin month. In 2016, Kojagari Lakshmi Puja date is October 15. It is mainly observed in Eastern Indian states – Bengal, Orissa and Assam and some other parts of Western parts of India.
Kojagari Vrat is also observed in Central Indian regions – Budelkhand and some parts of Bihar, especially Darbhanga region.
Significance of Kojagari Lakshmi Pooja:
As per Hindu scriptures and Hindu beliefs, the favorite day for Goddess Laxmi is Poornima. Devotees believe that on the day of Purnima, Goddess Lakshmi visits their houses and blesses them with wealth, health and prosperity. Ashwin purnima, also called as Sharad Purnima, is more auspicious because Ashwin is the favorite month for Goddess Lakshmi.
Procedure of Kojagiri Lakshmi Puja – How to do Laxmi Pooja on Kajagari Purnima?
On the day of Kojagari Lakshmi Pooja, devotees install clay idols of Goddess Laxmi in their houses and worship her. The main ritual or tradition is drawing of Alpana. Alpona patterns or designs refer Goddess Laxmis feet. Shodashopachar Puja (16 steps of puja) is performed to Lakshmi. Some special recipes or sweets are made on the day of Kojagiri Lakshmi puja and offered to Goddess laxmi.
The procedure and the other steps of the Kojagiri Lakshmi pooja may differ from place to place and community to community. In some temples or in spiritual or devotional organizations, Sarvajanik Lakshmi pooja is done on Kajagiri Poornima day.
Kojagari Lakshmi Vrat coincides with harvest festival called ‘Navanna. Navanna is the day from when new grain or paddy of the harvest season is generally consumed.
Alpana or Alpona are Rangoli designs or patterns specially drawn in Bengal, Orissa and some other regions of Eastern parts of India.
In Gujarat, Maharashtra and some other parts of India Kojagari Purnima is observed as Sharad Purnima vrat. Kaumudi Utsav is also observed on Sharad Purnima. Kaumudi is the Moon God who is also referred as the brother of Goddess Lakshmi.