Janamashtmi date 02-09-2018
Land of festivals-INDIA.
In my last write up about Raksha Bandhan, I have mentioned that India is a land of festivals.
One of the very popular festivals celebrated in India is KRISHAN JANAM or Goukulashtami. For those who don’t know, this occasion is observed to celebrate the birth of Hindu GOD Shri Krishna.
ABOUT SHRI KRISHNA
He is known by many names like Kaanha, Ladoo Gopal, Krishna.
Lord Krishna was born in the times when evil was omnipresent. It is believed that his birth had a purpose to destroy his own diabolic maternal uncle Kans. He was the son of Devaki and Vasudeva but in order to protect him they gave him to Yashodha. He spent his childhood in a village named Gokul.
SIGNIFICANCE OF JANMASHTHAMI
This festival is celebrated to honor the birth of lord Krishna, on this occasion people around the country fast, dance and sing. Lord Krishna’s idol is washed with milk and water, then dressed in new clothes.
This festival has two major parts:
KRISHNA JANAM (KRISHNA BIRTH)
In this lord Krishna idol is kept on a swing and worshiped. It is celebrated at midnight. During this people come together, they sing Krishna bhajans (devotional songs) in the night and dance to the tunes of it. Lord Krishna is dressed in new attire and decorated with accessories like mukut (tiara) and more pankh (peacock feather).
DAHI HANDI (EARTHEN POT OF CURD)
Lord Krishna was considered to be very naughty during his childhood and he would do anything to get his hands on earthen pot popularly known as hundi tied on the ceiling of the room in order to eat curd or butter inside it.
So to celebrate this incident people tie pots of dahi on a rope, high, and people from various communities climb on each other making a human ladder to break that pot in order to remember lord Krishna.
Although this occasion is performed differently all over India.
The festival has a very special meaning to this region Mathura. Vrindavan is considered to be the birth place of lord Krishna so here the festivities began in the night where different dance performances are organized depicting the life of lord Krishna.
Here Krishna janam is celebrated in the night whereas dahi hundi is organized in the day time. People are full of joy and dance to the different tunes of Krishna bhajans.
In south people from various states draw different drawing patterns on their floor popularly known as rangoli. They draw the footprints of lord Krishna. Young boys dress up as lord Krishna and all variety of sweets are distributed among the neighbors.
In east India also parents make their kids dress up as the different characters of the legend of lord Krishna. Here also people celebrate by playing Raas Lilla reciting Krishna bhajans and distributing sweets in neighborhood.
The festival is celebrated mainly in the month of august or September people from all over the world visit Mathura and Vrindavan and seek blessings of lord Krishna.
During fast only certain flour and grains can be used like; kuttu flour or even rice flour.
People enjoy food without onion and garlic. The meals generally include:
Poori bhaji, sabudana khichdi, jeera potatoes etc.
Sweets are served throughout the festivals.
In present some people have the idols of lord Krishna with them throughout the year and they consider him as their own child. People all around the country adore lord Krishna and worship him daily.
This is a festival of love and joy. People not only just from India but outside the country also celebrate this occasion.
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