As a child I wasn’t aware of too many festivals other than the popular ones like Diwali and Navratri. But I always remembered Kojagiri Purnima. This purnima, also known as Sharad Purnima, falls on the full moon day of Ashwin month as per Hindu calendar. On Kojagiri Purnima the eldest child is honoured by the parents as per Maharashtrian tradition.
I am an only child and so qualified as the eldest child. 🙂 I used to look forward to aukshan (arti) followed by a gift from Aai, actually I still do. 😀 Another huge attraction of Kojagiri Purnima was the masala milk. Aai, Baba, and I used to have masala doodh in our terrace by the moonlight. It was a fun activity for me; we would keep the electric light off and have masala milk in the full moon’s light.
It is believed that on Sharad Purnima day Goddess Lakshmi goes around from place to place asking “Ko jagrati?” meaning “Who is awake?”. Thus the name of this full moon day came to be Kojagiri Purnima. Believers stay awake till 12 in the night and keep the masala milk in moonlight by midnight before having it. There is a belief that on this full moon day the Earth and Moon are at a close distance and so moonlight provides us medicinal benefits. We didn’t stay awake till midnight but Aai used to keep masala doodh in silver glasses open under the moonlight before we drank it.
While I find the legends and mythological beliefs behind our customs and traditions interesting, I am more interested in finding out the practical reasons behind these traditions. When it comes to festive food, I find that there is usually a close connection between the food and the season we consume it in. On the day of Kojagiri Purnima too we have coolants like milk or kheer, which are good for controlling pitta. Apparently, pitta dosha rises in this season of October heat. So that gives us one more reason to enjoy the yummy masala milk, what say? 🙂
This post was last modified on April 9, 2019 5:12 pm
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