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Sharad Poornima

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

Today marks Sharad Poornima, an incredibly auspicious full moon in Vedic astrology and tradition. On this Poornima (full moon), devotees pay homage to Lord Vishnu, the divine Mother Bhagwati Lakshmi, and Lord Shiva, while also chanting moon mantras.

In accordance with Vedic customs, it is believed that Bhagwati Devi Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, descends to the earthly realm to bless those who engage in her Jaap (chants) and puja (ritual) at night. This requires adhering to purity in food, practicing celibacy, and maintaining unwavering focus during Jaap, reading sacred texts, and meditating.

The fruits of such spiritual activities, including mantra Jaap and meditation, are said to yield results a hundredfold greater than on any regular day. It is advisable to use a lotus seed mala, crystal mala, or pearl mala for Lakshmi Jaap. The number of malas to be recited can vary, ranging from 1 to 5, 7, 9, 11, or 21 malas of the Lakshmi mantra Jaap.

To prepare for this sacred occasion, take a refreshing shower and change into fresh clothes. White and red attire is considered favorable. After sunset, sit facing north for meditation and Jaap. Before sunset, sit facing east. Light a tea light at the altar or in front of you and arrange offerings, including fruits or sweets and a glass of water. Place the offering of fruit at the center, the tea light on your left, and the water on your right at the altar.

Commence the spiritual practice with an initial mala (108 beads) of the Ganesha mantra: "OM GUM GANPATHAYE NAMAH OM."

Following this, perform one mala of the Vishnu mantra: "OM NAMO NARAYANA OM."

Subsequently, engage in the repetition of the Bhagwati Lakshmi mantra:

"OM SHREEM SHRAIE NAMAH OM." Initiate your practice with one Ganesha mantra mala, then proceed to recite one Vishnu mantra mala. Continue by increasing the number of malas for the Devi Lakshmi mantra, starting with 1 and then gradually progressing to 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and so forth.

Recitations performed on this auspicious Sharad Poornima full moon can yield results that are magnified a hundredfold, contingent on the depth of your faith and devotion. If possible, engage in meditation after your recitations.

Typically, the water and fruit offerings are consumed after your recitations and meditation. However, since a lunar eclipse is occurring today, you should refrain from consuming these offerings. Instead, you can offer the water to a plant or tree, while the fruit or sweet offering can be presented to a bird or animal. On the following day, after the eclipse has passed, take a shower and make a charitable donation of rice pudding or porridge to the homeless or the less fortunate, or contribute it to a nearby church or temple. Additionally, consider donating sugar, milk, yogurt, or white-colored clothing to a person in need. These actions will yield highly positive outcomes, as these offerings resonate on a subtle level and are acknowledged by your ancestors, subsequently alleviating any ancestral energy burdens (Pithru dosh) on you and your family.

May all be blessed with divine grace ☀️



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