Sharad Poornima or Sharad Poonam is the last “Full Moon” before the end of the Hindu calendar. The 'Sharad' in Sharad Poornima signifies the 'Sharad ritu' (season) of the year. The bright light on this full moon day marks the changing season, the end of monsoon. A sweet dish by the name of "Doodhpaak" is consumed which is made of boiled milk and rice flakes. It is also believed that on this day, as the moon and the earth are very close to each other, the moon rays have certain healing properties of nourishing the body and the soul.
Hence, to receive more of the healing properties from the moon rays, bowls, spoons, plates and glasses made out of stainless steel were assembled in a beautiful exhibit around Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevan Shree Abji Bapashree & Muktajeevan Swamibapa at Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan – Shree Swaminarayan Siddhant Sajivan Mandal – Nairobi.
The event commenced at 6:30pm with Sandhya Aarti Niyams and Kirtan Bhakti followed by Katha Varta. Thereafter, samuh raas was played where devotees swayed along, engrossed with devotion, to the rhythmic tunes kirtans.
Before the congregation dispersed, Mahaprasad was served to all.