Kumar Purnima |The Gajalaxmi Puja – The tradition of Puja & Festivals of Odisha
Odisha /Orissa has a good deal of well-known tradition of Oshas, Bratas and Melas. The ceremony and sanctity of these traditional religious festivities are unparalleled. Out of various religious festivals, Kumar Purnima is one of the most popular and important festival of Orissa. On the full moon day after Dusshera, Kumar Purnima is celebrated by all the unmarried girls & newly married brides in the state. It is believed that girls worship Lord Kartikeya to get grooms as handsome as Lord Kartikeya.
Like Raja Festival it is a festival of girls mainly. The unmarried girls and newly married brides take part in this festival in great deal. The central theme of this festival is – praying to moon god to be blessed by good and ideal husbands. The girls wear new clothes, take bath before sunrise and pray God for smooth marital life. They also fast on this day. In the evening when the moon rises girls pray moon by offering prasad. The girls in groups sing special songs programmed for this particular occasion. The atmosphere of Odisha becomes so addicted with cultural programmes that any outsider will be delighted to be at Odisha during this festival.
When we ll Celebrate the Kumar Purnima :-
The date of Kumar purnima is Kumar Purnima is the full-moon day in the month of Aswina Purnima (September-October). This autumn festival is one of the most popular and important festival of Orissa. ‘Kumar’ or ‘Kartikeya’, the handsome Son of Shiva was born on this day. As young girls always wish for handsome husbands, they propitiate Kumar, the most handsome among Gods.
Rituals of Kumar Purnima:
This day is also observed as the birthday of Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth. Therefore, many people worship the Goddess at their homes and keep themselves awake by playing ‘Pasha’ (Dice) (especially in parts of southern Odisha) and other indoor games. Significantly it suggests that those who wish to acquire wealth should always be vigilant at night. It is for this reason that the owl, a bird that sleeps in the day and comes out only at night is worshiped. Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped by devotees in different pandals and household in and across the state of Odisha, especially in Kendrapara and Dhenkanal. The pandals are decorated with beautiful decorations.
In this early morning of this day , all girls wil were new garments , dresss after taking birth and offering foods to SUN debata , They made this day as fasting day and they will have food after seeing the FULL Moon in the night . This day is special for girls to rejoice their life .
This day all girls will play game called “Puchi” “Chudaghasa” a scented mixture of puffed rice and coconut is offered as Prasad. Interestingly, the moon and Kartikya are also worshipped on this festival. Unmarried children of the family wear new clothes, play a game called ” Puchi” accompanied by folk songs, eat only fruits, puffed rice, coconut by looking at the moon in the sky, perform “JanhiPuja” at the Tulsi installed in their courtyard and spent the day with extreme joyous spirit.
Song of Kumar Purnami :-
“Kuaanra Punei Jahna Go Phula Baula Beni,
Kuanri Jhianka Apurva Ananda
Puchi Khelibaku Mana Go Phula Baula beni…”