Saturday 31 October 2020 marked the Sharad Poonam, traditionally regarded as being the when the first full moon is seen after the monsoon season has ended.
Saturday 31 October 2020 marked the Sharad Poonam, traditionally regarded as being the when the first full moon is seen after the monsoon season has ended. On this day, the newly harvested grain is offered to the Lord and then eaten. During the night of Sharad Poonam, people dance to devotional music in the village square under the moonlight. Displays of silver ornaments are arranged to reflect the bright light of the moon everywhere, creating a cooling and calming atmosphere.
This year however, it was not possible to celebrate the festival in such a manner, and the Sharad Poonam celebrations had to remain simple.
In Maninagardham, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj and Sants performed utsav in the main Mandir. A splendid display of lights and steel utensils was arranged in the main Sinhasan around Lord Shree Swaminarayan, and then the traditional doodh powa offering was made to the Lord.
Sharad Poonam was also observed in all Mandirs around the world, in accordance with the safety restrictions in place at those regions.