Krishna Janmashtami Festival

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Krishna Jayanthi 2016 | krishna janmashtami 2016

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna

Krishna Krishna Hare hare

Hare rama, Rama Rama

Rama Rama Hare Hare

Krishna Janmashtami or Gokul ashtami, a festival devoted to Lord Krishna for his countless blessings. This day is celebrated as Lord Krishna’s Birthday.

Krishna is a hindu diety and is known by many names like vasudev, murari, manhar, kunj bihari,  Govind etc.

 

Birth

This festival is celebrated on the eighth day of Krishna paksh. Sri Krishna was born to Devaki and her husband, Vasudeva in a prison under the custody of King Kansa. Kansa used to kill all the children of devki so in order to save krishna, vasudeva handed him over to Nand (his friend). Krishna grew up in Gokul and he only killed King Kansa.

Celebration of Janmashtami

Sri Krishna has spent his whole life in mathura and Vrindavan. So this day is celebrated very beautifully in these 2 cities. Apart from this people also keep different avtaars of krishna at home. Krishna Janmashtmi 2016 date is August 25th. All the temples across the world are decorated with flowers and every one enchants the songs devoted to Krishna.

Shri Krishna gobind hare muraari

Hey nath narayan Vasudeva

It is believed that Krishna was born on a stormy midnight. So every year on his birthday, at 12 ‘o’ clock, Deity of krishna is given bath and then new clothes with prasad.

 

Fasting on Janmashtmi

Many devotees observe fast on this auspicious occasion. Fast is to be kept whole day and one meal can only be taken t midnight when Krishna is born and all the rituals related to his birth including bath and pooja are performed. The fasting rules of Janmashtami are similar to that of Ekadashi. No grain is to be consumed.

Krishna Bath on janmashtami

Generally people keep either Laddu Gopal ji or Thakur ji at home. For his birthday he is given bath with the following

  • Holy Water
  • Milk
  • Curd
  • Honey
  • Butter

New clothes

So much variety of colorful clothes of Krishna are available in market weeks before the actual day. People buy new clothes along with matching jewellery which includes his crown, bangles, necklace etc.

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Bhog/ offerings

As a ritual some devotees prepare 56 food items for Krishna. You can make as many as you want. Krishna was a lover of butter and milk products so always try to include these in your list. 10 must things to prepare are

  • Butter Milk (lassi / chhas)
  • Laddu (Indian sweets)
  • Pede (Indian Sweets)
  • Fruits
  • Curd
  • Paneer bhaji (Processed Cheese)
  • Kheer (sweet)
  • Any one vegetable (like potato gravy but must be made without the use of onion and garlic)
  • Poori (indian deep fried bread)
  • Butter

In addtiion to the above mentioned you can cook as many things as you wish. Only rule is that no onion or garlic should be used in any of the offerings.

After sri krishna’s bath and dressing, aarti is performed along with the food offerings prepared. Lord Krishna is made to sit in a swing and all the family members give swing to lord with their wishes and take krishna’s blessings. Even in temple a big swing is setup with a long rope for devotees to pull.

Lord Krishna is made to remain in the swing for next seven days. On 7th day, in some cultures people prepare kadhi ( a dish made with curd) and offer it to Lord first and then to the family. Then krishna is made to be out of swing and back to his Aasan.

State wise celebrations in India are

Punjab and Haryana

Many families have either have Thakur Ji or Laddu Gopal ji at home. So day begins with a fast followed by visit to temples and performing rituals by midnight along with the food offerings.

Maharashtra

Maharashtra people calls it Dahi Handi festival. In every society you will get to see a clay pot hanging on a rope at a height. Different groups are formed who will turn by turn get a chance to be on each other’s shoulder and reach the pot. All the females of the surrounding buildings will pour buckets of water on the men so that they shoud not reach pot. Once a group manage to reach pot they will break it to announce their win. Some societies even have dahi handi competitions. This handi (clay pot) is filled with a mix of milk and curd.

South India

Here people decorate their home’s floor with rice batter. They make different kind of rangoli patterns. Some even make tiny footprints of lor krisha from the entry of the home to the temple room. Young kids are dressed up like Krishna.

Others

In Bangladesh it starts from the Dhakeshwari temple in dhaka and its a national holiday there. In Nepal people chants slokas from bhagwad Gita and observe fasts.

One must enjoy all the festivals. We live in a country with unity in diversity. Now a days even non hindus gets their kids dressed up as Lord Krishna and performs in temples. Markets have their own charm with lots of stalls for swings, jewelry, dresses etc. Kids love to buy flute this day no matter whether they know to play.

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