Kojagrat Purnima today

Kathmandu, October 12

Nepali Hindus are observing 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.

Bada Dashain formally ends today with the marking of Kojagrat Poornima in which devotees offer worship to Mahalaxmi at their homes in the evening, and keep vigil the whole night. There is a belief that goddess Mahalaxmi takes a trip around the world on the night of Kojagrat Purnima ‘to check who is observing vigil on this particular night’.

According to this belief, the goddess of wealth blesses those found observing the overnight vigil, says Nepal Calendar Determination Committee Chair Prof Ramchandra Gautam.

The ritual of giving and receiving tika and jamara also concludes on this day.