Kojagiri

 Is a harvest festival when Laxmi, the Goddess of prosperity, visits all homes to bring fortune and good luck to all. Kojagiri, the special night, is celebrated with ice-cold, saffron-flavored sweet milk, shared in the cool moonlight. 

 As the monsoon season ends, the Kojagari Purnima or the Sharad Purnima is celebrated on a full moon day which is considered as a harvest festival of the Hindus. It is said that on this day the earth and the moon are very close to each other and as such the rays from the moon that we receive are very good for the nourishment of the soul and body. In Maharashtra this puja is performed with a lot of grandeur. The devotees offer their prayers to Goddess Laxmi and even observe fast for the whole day. It is believed that during the night the Goddess visit the houses of the devotees and showers her blessings on whoever stays awake on this night. So people try not to fall asleep during the night and sing devotional songs to keep themselves engaged. During this puja, people decorate their houses well with lights and draw rangolis to welcome Goddess Laxmi. It is a festival which welcomes brightness in the lives of the people. Another tradition of this festival is that the devotees have cold milk with rice flakes in the night after the puja is over. This festival is celebrated in different parts of the country in different ways but with the same devotion towards Goddess Laxmi.