According to Hindu traditions, the full moon day or Purnima tithi is considered an auspicious occasion. When a full moon occurs in the month of Ashwin, it is called Sharad Purnima. In the western region of India, people celebrate this day by making doodh paak, which is basically kheer, made from rice distributed as prasad. In Gujarat, Garba dance is performed under the bright moonlight.
In the eastern belt it is also known as Kojagari Purnima; and on this day people worship Goddess Lakshmi in this region. This year Sharad Purnima is on October 28. According to Pandit Kalki Ram, on the day of full moon, Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped according to certain rituals. If devotees want blessings from the Goddess, they should try these simple remedies on the day of Purnima. This will please the Goddess and remove all kinds of problems from the lives of the devotees.
Pandit Kalki Ram recommends reciting the Lakshmi Stotra on the day of Sharad Purnima. For this one has to take a bath in the evening and then place the Goddess Lakshmi idol on a red cloth. Then the idol should be worshiped with utmost devotion; after this the Lakshmi Stotra should be recited. It is believed that this will appease the Goddess and all money-related worries will disappear. According to Hindu tradition, Goddess Lakshmi is known as the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
According to Pandit Kalki Ram, one can receive special blessings if one offers the betel leaf of Goddess Lakshmi on this day. The betel leaf should then be accepted as Prasad.
Like Gujarat, several states, especially in North India, make rice kheer on this auspicious day. According to religious beliefs, nectar or Amrit – considered the elixir of the gods – drips from the moon onto the kheer on this night. Therefore, it is believed to have healing powers. It is offered as prasad to the goddess the next morning, and then distributed as prasad.