Gajalakshmi Puja is the main ritual of Sharad Purnima, the Full Moon day in the month of Aswina (September – October). In 2020, Gajalakshmi puja date is October 31.
This is the most celebrated festival in Orissa. The worship of Lakshmi varies from place to place. In some places, Gaja Lalshmi Puja is performed on a single day but in some places the puja continues for ten days. In Orissa, this day is popularly known as Kumar Purnima.
Images or idols of Goddess Gaja Lakshmi are installed in sanctified puja places and Shodashopachar puja is performed to the Goddess. Devotees observe fast on this day. After having bath, unmarried women offer parshad to Surya Bhagawan. And when Moon rises in the evening, again food offerings are made to Moon and they break their fast after the puja to the Moon God.
This festival is very special one for girls. They play a special game called ‘Puchi on this day.
Panchang, 31 October 2020
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:35 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 17:45
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)17:52 Chandrastama (Moonset)00:00
Paksha (Fortnight) Shukla Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Purnima – 20:18
Nakshatra Ashwini – 17:58
Yoga Siddhi – 28:27*
Karana Bava – 20:18
Purnimanta Month Ashwin
Amavasyanta Month Ashwin
Shaka Samvatsara: Sharvari
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Pramadicha
Rahu Kalam: 09:22 – 10:46
Gulika Kalam: 06:35 – 07:59
Yama Gandam: 13:34 – 14:57
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Tula
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Mesha
Amrita Kalam 09:51 – 11:39
Abhijit: 11:48 – 12:32
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 28:45* – 30:33*
Durmuhurthams: 07:20 – 08:04