Celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Sri Krishna, the festival of
Janmashtami is a popular event in India and many other countries across the
world. Devotees of Lord Krishna solemnise the festival with lot of joy and
enthusiasm. All efforts are made to give the festival an extremely
Festivity for over Two Days
Janmashtami festivities continue for two days and reach its peak at midnight
of the first day. This is the time when Lord Krishna is said to have been
born. The blessed event marking Bhagwan Krishna’s birth is celebrated with
zeal in different states of India. Mathura, the birthplace of Lord is
particulary famous for its grand celebrations. Janmashtami is also
celebrated with verve in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.
Celebrated with Splendour
Sri Krishnashtami is celebrated with lot of pomp and show. During the
midnight celebration, lord's idol is bathed with Panchamrit and then the
cradle is rocked. Devotees fast all day long and break it after the birth of
Bhagwan Krishna at midnight. Songs and hymns are sung by people accompanied
by dancing in praise of their favourite 'Makhan Chor'. Aarti is performed by
blowing conch and ringing of bells. Elaborate Pooja (Prayer) and ceremonies
are held in the honour of Bhagwan. Prasad is distributed among devotees
after the birth ceremony.
Environment of Euphoria and Glee
Janmashtami creates an environment of happiness and joy among the devotees.
With loads of ongoing fun activities, people are lost in the joy of divine
songs and dances performed in praise of Lord. Colorful Rasleela (plays) are
performed by devotees depicting significant phases and acts of Lord's life.
Janmashtami Special Dishes
As Lord Krishna was very fond of sweets, milk and other milk products like
butter and buttermilk, so his devotees make sweets of these products to
commemorate the occasion. Sweets like Doodhachi Kheer, Pedha, Gopalkala or
Gulabjamun are the major dishes prepared on Krishnashtami. Besides,
Shrikhand and Singhare ki Poori are also made in households. Eatables like
Murukku and Seeddai are popular in the Southern State of Tamil Nadu.
Jhulanotsava and Ghata Celebrations
A common feature of Janmashtami in North India, especially Mathura is 'Jhulanotsava'.
In this, Jhulas (swings) are hung in the courtyards of temples and houses in
honour of the Lord. Another distinguishing feature of Janmashtami festival
celebrations is 'Ghatas'. This is a month long programme wherein a
particular colour is selected as a theme and the entire temple is adorned
with the same colour. The idol of God is also adorned with clothes of the
Dahi Handi, Raslila, Jhankis
Celebration of Sri Krishna's birth will be incomplete without Raslila (Dance
Drama). In this extremely popular and joyful drama, incidents from Sri
Krishna's life are enacted in form of dance. In a good performance devotees
are virtually transformed into the time and age of Lord Krishna. The
experience is absolutely mesmerizing.
The ritual of Dahi Handi is carried out with much fanfare and joy. Human
pyramid is formed to break the Handi (Earthen Pot) suspended from top with
the help of a rope. The exciting process involves throwing water by the
onlookers to prevent the boys from breaking the earthen pot. Dahi Handi
ritual is most popularly celebrated in Mumbai.
Jhankis (tableaux) are cribs and other decorations depicting the entire life
of Lord Krishna right from the time of his birth. Various jhankis include
bith of Lord Krishna in jail, Vasudev,father of Lord Krishna taking out of
the jail to his friend Nand, River Yamuna in floods finally bowing to the
feet of Lord and making way,Exchange of Lord with the baby girl etc.
Janmashtami is celebrated with fervor all over India and with the spread of
Hinduism,it is celebrated with similar emotion all across the globe.