Today is Sharad Purnima. This religious festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin. The full-moon night is celebrated differently in different cultural regions of the country.
On this auspicious day, many divine pairs like Radha Krishna, Shiva Parvati, and Lakshmi Narayan are worshipped along with the moon and are offered flowers and kheer (a sweet dish made of rice and milk).
Temple deities are usually dressed in white, signifying the moon’s brightness. Many people observe a full day of fasting on this night.
This day is particularly significant as people fast and worship on this day. It is also known as the Arogya Parv or Health Festival. The moon of Sharad Purnima is said to bring the blessing of health in its rays. It is also known as Kaumudi, or Kojagari Purnima.
On Sharad Purnima, Goddess Lakshmi is also worshipped.
It is also observed as a harvest festival in many states. On this festival, kheer, a dish made of rice and milk, is kept in the light of the moon. It is said that eating kheer kept under the moon’s rays cures all diseases.