Kumar Purnima is also known as Sharad Purnima or Laxmi Puja in Orissa,an eastern state of India. Kumar Purnima is the full-moon day in the month of September- October. This autumn festival is one of the most popular and important festivals of Orissa. 'Kumar' or 'Kartikeya', the handsome son of Shiva was born on this day. He also became the 'God of war'. As young girls always wish for a handsome husband, they propitiate Kumar who was most handsome among the Gods. But, peculiarly enough there is no ritual for the God, instead the sun and the moon are worshiped.
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