Nariyal purnima

Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi festival is also celebrated as Nariyal Purnima or coconut full moon in the western India that includes the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka.

Raksha Bandhan marks the beginning of a new season for the people of fishing community in these areas who are dependent on the resources of sea for their livelihood.

On the occasion of Nariyal Purnima, the sea God Varuna is worshipped by the people to invoke his blessings. Since the festival involves the offerings of coconuts to the sea God, it is also called as the Nariyal Purnima.

On the occasion of Rakhi Purnima, people pray to God of sea – Varuna seeking forgiveness for their past mistakes and sins. This ceremony is called Pavitropana. In this ceremony a few twisted cotton threads are drenched in Panchagavya (a mixture of cow products including ghee, milk, curd, urine and excreta) and then wrapped around the Shiva linga. The twisted threads of cotton are immersed in the Panchagavya for purification.