Kumar Purnima


Kumar Purnima is one of the most popular festivals of Orissa celebrated mostly by young girls with great excitement in the autumn months every year.

Kumar Purnima is a popular and important festival of Orissa celebrated in the month of September or October on full moon day. It is also known as Gaja Lakshmi Puja and falls on the day of Aswina Purnima. Kumar Purnima is celebrated in the autumn months on the birth day of 'Kumar' or 'Kartikeya', the handsome Son of Lord Shiva. This festival is observed with great interest by young girls who pray to 'Kumar' or 'Kartikeya' and wish for a handsome husband just as Lord Kartikeya. But it is strange that there is no ritual for Lord Kartikeya and the Sun and the Moon are worshiped.

Main Ritual of Kumar Purnima
Kumar Purnima has a number of rituals that are observed through out the day. Young girls get up early in the morning and take bath. They wear new clothes and and make food-offerings to the Sun. Young girls observe fasting throughout the day. In the evening when the moon rises they again make food offerings and take it after all the rituals are over.

Kumar Purnima is a great time for young girls and is probably the most awaited festival of the year for them. They sing, dance and do a whole lot of fun throughout the day.

The Gajalaxmi Puja
Kumar Purnima is also observed as the birthday of Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth. People worship Goddess Laxmi at their homes on this auspicious day. People also stay awake all night as it is believed that to acquire wealth they should stay awake in the night.


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