Fold your hands in the praise of lord Krishna

 

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.

 

Krishna Jayanti is also fondly called Gokulashtami, as Gokul is the place where Lord Krishna had spent his childhood. The name “Krishna” signifies the presence of happiness and knowledge.

 

 

2nd September 2018

Janmashtami falls on 2nd September this year to welcome divinity and blessings our way. Lord Krishna is the most adorable son, the most romantic lover and the most compassionate friend, is adored in all his roles with sheer devotion and love. Prayers are offered, soulful bhajans are sung, a fast is undertaken in his honour and at midnight, a feast that encompasses his favourite food items are shared amidst the festive spirit.

 

The festive “Dazzle”

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.

Devotees 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. Children are traditionally dressed up as “Krishna” or “Gopis” on this day to enthral in the festive spirit.

 

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”, where the youth are all charged up to relive the Lord’s childhood days simulating the victorious attainment of butter and curd with stealth. Dahi Handi is a landmark event in Maharashtrian cities of Mumbai and Pune.

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 topmost 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 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 ChakliKesar shrikhand, Sabudana Pakora, Sukhi Arbi ( Colocasia Roots), Pedhas, Til ki Kheer are prepared to enhance the flavour of the zealous celebration.

 

Message from our Lord

Lord Krishna’s miraculous birth in the darkest hour enables us to break free from the shackles of disempowering qualities of anger, greed, temptations, attachments, powerlessness, etc. It is this devout union and our love for him that empowers us to overcome and surpass our weaknesses to believe in our potential to bring out love, faith, courage and confidence in our every action.