Krishna Janmashtami-Celebrating Krishna's Birthday
Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Gokulashtami, is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Krishna. The festival is celebrated on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada (August-September), according to the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated in almost all parts of India and also by Indians settled abroad. ISKCON Temples It is a collection of temples, spread all are the world, dedicated to Krishna. It is an international society which has the most famous Hare Krishna organizationhold great celebrations for the day and followers of any religion are welcomed to be the part of the festivity. The earthly appearance of KrishnaKrishna
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Temples are beautifully decorated on Krishna Janmashtami with flowers and lights. Incense sticks and camphor fill the atmosphere with soothing fragrance. Devotees visit temples and listen to priests reciting tales of Krishna. They tell stories about his miraculous acts to imbibe the qualities of truth and righteousness. People observe a fast on this day and may consume fruits, though many do not eat or even drink water. Grains should be completely avoided. Devotional songs are sung and many children dress up as Krishna and RadhaRadha
Radha, also known as Radhika and Radharani was a Gopi (milkmaid)... and dance on the tunes of the melodious songs. Many sing hymns from Bhagavad Gita It is a Hindu scripture of 700 verse, teaching the concept of Dharma (righteousness)chant a famous mantra, ‘Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya”, by which devotees submit themselves to Krishna as it means I bow to the Lord. They also dance in a frenzied manner, chanting, “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare RamaRama
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Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. i.e., Hare, Krishna and Rama. People meditate on the mantra and gain a spiritual enlightenment. The idea is to become one with the supreme and universal consciousness. It helps in attaining pure love of God.
As the day marks the birth of the Lord, a small cradle is placed in the homes of the devotees or in the temples. A small idol of Krishna is placed inside it and a string is attached to the cradle. People can come forward to swing the cradle and it is believed by doing so, their wishes get fulfilled. Women also perform the ritual in order to have a beautiful and notorious child as Krishna.
Priests perform Abhishekam Bathing the idol of the Hindu deityon the idols of Krishna using panchamrit. Aarti It is a Hindu religious ritual of worshipis also performed which usually ends up with the ceremony of Prasadam distribution. The traditional prashad is known as Panchajiri which is made up of powdered ginger, sugar, coriander, clarified butter and fennel seeds. Poppy seeds and coconut can also be added to the same. People offer flowers, fruits, sweets, new clothes and jewelry to Krishna. Some may also perform some charity and feed the hungry. Communities organize small events in which many eating stalls and play rides are put up for everyone to enjoy the festival to the fullest.
People can rejoice the day at home too by inviting friends and family members and getting mesmerized in the name of Krishna. They can together decorate the house and the prayer place. New clothes and miniature jewelry can also be brought for small Krishna idols placed at home. Devotees may offer garlands made of fresh flowers. Children in the family are usually dressed in beautiful traditional clothes enacting Krishna and Radha. They might also hold flute as it was the sacred and favorite musical instrument of the God. Peacock feathers are a charm of the day as Krishna used to adorn his head with a peacock feather and kids imitate the same. Sweets and various other delicacies are prepared for the day which are first offered to Krishna and then are consumed by devotees after completing the fast.
In South India, people decorate their entrances with beautiful patterns made up of colors and flowers. Footprints of Krishna are also drawn on the threshold of the house signifying arrival of the God into their homes and lives. Food items like Seedai, It is a sweet dish made up of raw rice, butter, sesame seeds, grated coconut and black gram flour Murukku It is a crunchy snack, also known as Chakli and made up of rice flour, black gram flour, salt and oiland Verkadalai Urundai are also prepared. As the food items made up of milk were Krishna’s favorite, people offer curd, butter, buttermilk and other items made of such ingredients.
In Maharashtra and Goa, this festival is celebrated as a cultural event. In his childhood days, Krishna loved butter and curd and he use to steal it with his friends from the neighboring houses. Women use to get very angry and they soon started hanging earthen pots filled with the food content on some height so the young Krishna who had a small height, couldn’t reach to the top. Krishna was very naughty and found a way out. He collected his friends and started making human pyramids to reach to the top and eat butter and curd from the pots. To relive the same childhood of Krishna, on this day young boys get together to form such human pyramids and reach the pots placed at huge heights by the women of the society. They not only get to relish the curd after breaking the pot but also earn cash prizes for themselves.
The ritual of Rasleela is mainly performed in Mathura and Vrindavan. Rasleela are the religious plays in which people enact incidents from the life of Krishna which were dedicated to his love, Radha and his female friends called Gopis. Devotees dance and sing as they highlight the notorious and romantic phase of Krishna’s life. His influence was so immense that women use to leave behind their household chores just to see a glimpse of Krishna and spend as much time with him as possible.
In many regions, the festival is followed by another one known as Nandotsav in which people present gifts to each other to express their happiness and honor the birth of Krishna. It is celebrated on a grand scale in a temple named Radha Vallabh temple, situated in Vrindavan.
The most important reason to celebrate the festival is to refocus the importance of good over evil. Devotees are encouraged to follow the path of Dharma and seek only goodness in everything. People come together and socialize on the day thus harboring the feeling of unity. By following rituals like Rasleela and Dahi Handi, people learn to be cordial and give importance to teamwork. With numerous people celebrating the day together, harmony develops, leaving behind the feeling of difference and disunity. Many places like Dwarka, Vrindavan, It is an important Hindu pilgrimage site where Krishna spent his childhood days. Mathura- It is a city in North Indian State, Uttar Pradesh, known for being the birthplace of Krishna Mumbai etc., also become a spot of tourist attraction.