Janmashtami is a one of the most important Hindu festival, and marks the birth of Lord Krishna, one of the most sacred deities in Hinduism. Festivities during this time are at their peak, mainly in the northern parts of India, where Lord Krishna is said to have lived. Everyone Love to celebrate Janmashtami, Even in my young age, I and my cousins wait for Janmashtami because after long tiring school days this is the first festival that comes in the Hindu month of shravana wherein my mom and aunts make a lots n lot of milk delicacies for Lord Krishna. Not only me most of all celebrate birthday of Krishna Jyanthi with great enthusiasm all over the world. It is believed that lord Vishnu reincarnated in the form of lord Krishna on the auspicious day of Janmashtami. Lord Krishna was born at midnight on the eighth day of Hindu lunar month, Shravana.
Celebrations on Janmashtami
The tale depicting the Krishna’s birth will be recited; the story signifies the divine power of lord Krishna. Devotional songs and hymns are sung on lord Krishna. People go to temples at night to worship and get the blessing of Lord Krishna. In temple a small cradle is placed with a miniature Krishna’s idol in it as a symbol of his birth. All devotees swing the cradle joyously celebrates the arrival of Lord Krishna by singing bhajans in praise of him.
Significance of Janmashtami
Bhagavad-Gita states thatChapter 4 Transcendental Knowledge
Yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
tadatmanam srjamy aham
Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion–at that time I descend myself. So the main significance of Janmashtami is to encourage goodwill and to deject the bad ones. This holy occasion brings people together, thus it signifies unity and faith in us.
Why do we put Krishna’s legs???????
There are two versions one is, it is believed that Krishna is born on that day and as a fact on the same day he was shifted from the prison at Mathura to vrindavan. So that’s the reason we put leg marks that he is even coming to our home to steal butter. And another version is symbolic representation that he is leading us to lead a life i.e., full happiness and joy. Scientifically speaking being early winter ants will not be able to go out in search out for food we use rice powder (maa kolam in Tamil) for making legs and as a result we provide food for ants. ANNADANAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dress up Kids like Krishna?????
We make our Kids invariable of gender to dress up like Krishna and Radha. If the Kid is less than 3years assuming the Kid as Lord Krishna they are made to walk with feet which dipped in rice mixture and made to eat butter. All Kids enjoy this.
Why do we play Dahi Handi???????????
Dahi Handi means a pot full of curd. It is celebrated on the next day of Janmashtami. Shri Krishna, as a child was very naughty and butter lover. He used steal butters prepared by the gopiyars. (Young women in Gokulam) in Handi so as a remembrance we make our kids to play handi. Dahi Handi is a mock of stealing butter by Krishna. An earthen pot containing butter, ghee (milk fat), dry fruits and milk is hung at a height with the help of a rope. Energetic men are made to climb on each other to reach and break the pot. Later Dahikala’s (ingredients in the pot) is distributed among everyone. Dahi Handi celebration encourages friendship and team work.
What are the Snacks that can be made for Janmashtami?????????
Pal Kozhukattai, Butter, curd, Pal payaasam, aval payasam, Thengai aval (aval nanaichathu), murukku, laddoo and seedai are snacks which can be made for Janmashtami…
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Every aspects of Krishna’s life is really a enchanting one no matter whether it is his naughtiness of an infant Krishna, Krishna in Gokul, Krishna’s romance with Radha and sathya bhama or let it be assassination of cruel Kans. God never asks for material things. A deity wants attention from his devotees. Devote yourself fully towards lord Krishna and make this Janmashtami special.
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