Being an Indian, diversity is a key that invites different occasions & festivals, and Sharad Purnima is one of them. Purnima means “Full Moon”. Before we start, I would like to clarify that everybody knows the moon does not have its own light. But the festival like Sharad Purnima has some other theories mentioned in Ved Puran Shastras & people have been practicing it for thousands of years in India.
Recently we celebrated it. So, yes! It is an auspicious day for us. Usually, back home in India, we celebrate it with our family and extended friends & family. It is all about bringing food to one table and enjoying the feast with a special dish known as “Basundi”.
“Basundi” is a dessert that is just like condensed milk, but a little a bit runny mixed with all the favorite dry fruits and Kesar (Saffron).
You will find plenty of other variations to perform this pooja (worship). Since I belong to Maharashtra state (MH) India, I would like to explain how we celebrate it.the videos on it.
On this day, we (My family) worship Lord “Shiva” and Goddess “Parvati”. It becomes “Shiv Parvati”. Food choices vary from snacks to preparing the main course. In the evening time, all friends gather and sing devotional songs, perform a pooja. This way family & friends come together to greet each other and enjoy the evening. “Basundi” is a must-have dessert, else Sharad Purnima will be incomplete without it.
As soon as the full moon rises, at night we take a small or medium pot/container full of milk and put it on the terrace floor or take it somewhere out in the open so that moonlight (beams) can hit the milk in the pot, and gets infused with it. This process takes 10-15 min. Once we are satisfied, we return to the kitchen and pour the milk into another milk container, which is already sitting on the burner for the last approx 1 hr (Medium flame). Then there will be the series of episodes where family members will come and suggest that dessert is ready, but sometimes all we can do is disagree so then it takes a little more time to serve dessert of the night aka “Basundi”. Once it is ready, now it’s time to dig in and enjoy the night with food, snack, and dessert.
Our ancestors say, Sharad Purnima (Moonrise) possesses powerful beams & when it blends in with a Milk, it becomes holy-Milk (Like holy water). A pat on my back. Yes! I explained it pretty much well.
So, on this day I clebrated it & made special “PAV BHAJI” & “BASUNDI”.
Here I have presented my thoughts that I believe in. People celebrate it distinctly as per their practice and rituals in various parts of India.
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