Kojagrat Purnima Being Observed Today
Kathmandu – Nepali Hindus are observing the Kojagrat Poornima (full moon day) today as part of the final day of the 15-day Bada Dashain festival by worshipping and paying homage to Mahalaxmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
The Bada Dashain festival formally ends today with the marking of the Kojagrat Poornima–devotees offering worships to Mahalaxmi at their homes in the evening and keeping vigil the whole night.
There is a conviction that the goddess Mahalaxmi travels far and wide the evening of Kojagrat Poornima ‘to check in the matter of who is watching the vigil on this specific night’. According to this conviction, the goddess of riches favors the general population who are discovered watching the overnight vigil.
Since the custom of giving and accepting Tika and Jamara of the Dashain celebration likewise finishes up on this day, the Jamara that is grown and blessed at the Dashainghar and Kot upon the arrival of Ghatasthapana is discarded according to the religious convention.
People also perform worship at the Swoyambhu Chaitya and observe the night vigil by lighting the Mahadeep lamp.