Krishna Janmashtami: Significance and Celebration :
Sri Krishna Janmashtami also referred to as Gokulashtami in some places, is one such festival that marks the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna. All over the country, it is celebrated with a lot of excitement. So, in this post, we are giving you significance, how Janmashtami is celebrated and what should be done on this occasion.
# What is the significance of Krishna Janmashtami?
Janmashtami is celebrated in India as well as other parts of the world with great fun and gaiety by the people who follow the Hindu religion. According to Hindu mythology, Sri Krishna was one of the most powerful human incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Krishna is one such God about whose birth and death, a lot has been written.
From the time when Krishna took birth on earth in human form, he is worshipped by the people as an adorable prankster, a god-child, a spiritual guide, the principal power and also a charming lover. On earth, the main motive of his birth is to end all the darkness that was prevailing at that time, is to end all the darkness prevailing at that time as well as re-establish ‘Dharma’ in times when his uncle, Kansa, was making lives of the people unhappy.
So, the festival of Janmashtami encourages kindness, friendliness and to dissuade malice. This day is observed as a holy occasion that celebrates togetherness and belief.
# Why do we celebrate Krishna Janmashtami?
Lord Krishna is considered as one of the favorite deities of Hindus. The Krishna Janmashtami Celebrations are held all through the country as well as in various parts of the world. Lord Krishna is believed to take birth at midnight on Janmashtami. During the midnight of the Janmashtami the celebrations reach their height.
The Janmashtami celebrations are special in places such as Mathura, Gokul, Vrindavan, and Dwarika where Lord Krishna spent most of his life. Also, the cities across the nation get overwhelmed with a sentiment of excitement. The folklore of the birth of Krishna is narrated in households as well as in households. The festivities start before sunrise and persist all day long until late midnight.
The active youth of the country, totally immersed in excitement, energetically take part in the dahi handi festival. At some places, people also perform Raslilas for recreating occurrences from the life of Lord Krishna. Dance performances and plays based on the life of Krishna are also organized.
On this fortunate occasion, most of the people placed the idol of Krishna in the cradle and bathed with panchamrit which is made from milk, curd ghee, gangajal, tulsi leaves and honey. This panchamrit is also distributed after puja among the followers as prasad. The deity of Krishna is highly decorated with flowers, ornaments and beautiful clothes. Devotees happily swing the cradle and welcome the blessings of Lord Krishna in their lives. The chanting of mantras, blowing of the Conch, mantras, kirtans,hymns become a widespread scenario all over the place where the celebrations are going on.
# What should we do on Krishna Janmashtami?
A main ritual of the Janmashtami is the fast observed by the devotees of Lord Krishna. On this occasion, various types of fast observed are Phalahar Fast and Nirjal Fast. We can also prepare some popular sweet dishes such as Shrikhand, Sesame pudding, Pedha, Vermicelli kheer and a lot more. In the morning, we should bath and fast and go to Krishna Temple also. Then, at night we can decorate houses with peacock feathers, handis and prepare to worship Lord Krishna. In various places, small children also dressed up as Krishna and Radha. You can also chant Bhajans and after midnight by breaking fast you can have delicious dinner.
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