Happy Krishna Janmashtami

 

Janmashtami or Krishna Jayanti is an annual celebration of the birth of the Hindu deity Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. His cute baby face smeared with butter, the victorious twinkle in his eyes, his pranks and his soulful connection with Radha makes the Lord very special and loved by all.

 

What makes Janmashtami so special?

 

 

Lord Krishna reciprocates in unique ways with every devotee who offers him love. He is the most adorable son, the most romantic lover and most compassionate friend. On Janmashtami, devotees rejoice Lord Krishna's roles with sheer devotion and love. They wait to be bestowed with his love in the form of blessings from Lord Krishna.

 

Krishna Jayanti

It falls on August 14th this year, which is the eighth day (Ashtami) of Krishna Paksha (the dark fortnight) of the month of Shravan. The entire world celebrates the divine appearance of Lord Sri Krishna.

 

The festive “Dazzle”

 

 

The temples are decorated and are lit up. Electricians perch themselves at various places to hook up the lights which will dazzle the onlookers. The temple halls and even houses are decorated with flowers and festoons.

 

Raas Lilas

 

 

The birthplace of Lord Krishna being Mathura and Vrindavan, reverberate day and night with the festivity of singing and dancing in his honour. Religious plays popularly called “Raas Lilas”, are enacted in His memory - His charm and enamour, mischievous and lovable moments, His victorious moments of stealing butter and curd from difficult to reach places, are brought back to life through the plays.

 

The Midnight Hour

 

 

It is believed that Lord Krishna was born at midnight. Ardent devotees observe fast during the day and end their fast at midnight, after the puja. At midnight, idol of “Infant Krishna” is beautifully decorated and laid in a cradle and rocked when he was believed to be born, amidst the ringing and tinkling of bells. This is the time when devotees offer prayers to the notorious 'Makhan chor'. Lord Krishna was known for his sweet tooth. Hence, they make sure that they prepare lots of sweets and desserts. They offer it to the deity and then have it as 'bhog'. Believers praise and remember the Lord by reciting hymns and singing devotional songs from the Gita in his glory.

 

Footprints of Lord Krishna

 

 

Apart from homes being decorated with alluring rangoli patterns, tiny footprints are made using rice batter, starting from the threshold of the house and ending in the puja room of the house. This symbolises the arrival of Lord Krishna into our homes.

 

Family tradition

 

Children are ardently involved in the festive occasion. They are traditionally dressed up as “Krishna” or “Gopis” on this day.

 

The Divine connect between Radha and Krishna

The eternal love between Radha and Krishna depicts the longing and love of the individual soul for the divine principle “Brahman”.

 

Dahi Handi

 

 

Janmashtami is popularly called as “Dahi Handi” in certain parts of the country. Dahi Handi is a landmark event in Maharashtrian cities of Mumbai and Pune where the youth are fully charged up to participate in this event. It is their way of demonstrating love for the Lord by bringing back his childhood days into action.

An earthen pot filled with buttermilk is tied at a challenging height. In an attempt to reach the earthen pot, the participants have to form a human pyramid; the top most person breaks the earthen pot with sheer pleasure splashing the buttermilk on the entire human tower. The participants are called "Govinda Pathak" and their groups are called “Mandals” or “Handis”. This event is conducted on a large scale, wherein the prize money awarded is worth from thousands to lakhs. The mandals move around the town to be able to participate in the maximum number of such challenging competitions.

 

Mouth watering delicacies prepared during Janmashtami

 

 

Singhare ki Poori Coconut Barfi , Makhan Samosa , Gur ka para  Butter Murukku/Benne Chakli  Kesar shrikhand ,  Sabudana Pakora, Sukhi Arbi ( Colocasia Roots), Pedhas, Til ki Kheer are prepared to enhance the flavour of the zealous celebration.