Gokulastami, another name for the Janmashtami festival, is widely observed across the nation. The day is celebrated with great religious fervor as followers of Lord Krishna dance and chant in celebration of his birth. India celebrates Janmashtami, which occurs on the eighth day of “Shukla Paksha” and symbolizes the final triumph of virtue over evil. As we are living in a busy world, a person always has to decide How to celebrate Krishna Janmashtami at home, a day or two before puja. Here is an easy guide to keep an eye on this situation.
In particular, Mathura and Vrindavan celebrate the occasion with tremendous passion and devotion. Devotees conduct dance dramas about Lord Krishna’s life, observe fasts (upavas), execute rituals at temples, and take part in “Dahi Handi” festivities as a way to honor and welcome the revered Lord Krishna.
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How to celebrate Krishna Janmashtami?
The most beautiful name in the world, Krishna, attracts ultimate heavenly energies and good vibes from all directions. He is the origin of all existence as a human. The awareness of mankind was developed and is preserved by him. To dispel negative energy and boost the divine power of love and devotion, people venerate Krishna idols at home. India as a whole celebrates Krishna Janmashtami.
Lord Krishna, a manifestation of the Hindu deity Vishnu, was born on this auspicious day. Every year, this special event is celebrated, and all of the locations where it takes place are decked out with flowers, banners, and lights. In the evening, when the sun sets, the festivities start and go until daybreak the next morning.
Different people do Janmashtami puja in different ways. There are 2 types of Puja that can be done on Janmashtami. Those who perform the birth ceremony of Krishna, they fast all day and then perform the puja. The others just do arti during the mahurat of the puja.
How to do Krishna Janmashtami Puja at Home?
Janmastami puja samagri
Not just what you use, but also how you use it, is important. Your puja should be just as lovely and unique as the person being honored.
The list consists of:
- Swinging for Balgopal
- The murti of Balgopal
- Flute to be used for the puja as lord’s ornament
- Balgopal’s attire for tidying up following the event
- Jewelry and other accessories for Balgopal, such as anklets, bracelets, and necklaces
- Flowers for decoration and puja
- Tulsi leaves for mala, and decoration as well
- Sandalwood is to be burned during the ritual (it is believed that doing so deters bad spirits!)
Janmastami puja vidhi
Get up early, take bath, and dress in clean clothing. Make a promise to observe a fast (optional) while turning your face toward the east or north.
First of all, you need to clean up the temple and jhula. You can also arrange for some fresh flowers to be put on the altar. You can light a lamp and offer incense to Kanha, doing this will help him feel more in divine space.
Next, it’s time to make your little Krishna feel adored and loved! Consider this time as the first step of lord Krishna in your home. Here are some things you should do:
- Offer butter and sweets to him, as he is also known as “Makhan Chor”, he loves to have these things around.
- Give him a bath in the sacred Ganges river’s water, which is again the most auspicious water according to our Hindu mythology.
- Put new clothes on him, including jewelry, “Charan Paduka”, and an umbrella (decorative piece)
- Decorate his jhula with flowers and fruits (this is apart from all the other decorations that have already been done)
- Ring bells while making Kanha swing on his jhula; every family member should do this.
Why we celebrate Janmashtami?
One of the finest stories in the entire world is the one about Krishnaji. It is a tale about the strength of love and selflessness. Because he was warned that one of Devaki’s offspring would be the reason for his demise, Kansa, the ruler of Mathura, planned to kill all of Devaki’s children as soon as they were born. Kansa imprisoned Devaki. It is stated that even the cosmos was on Krishna’s side when he was born on the night of Ashtami of Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadrapad. There was no light at all, and it was pitch-black and rainy.
In order to protect him and preserve his life, Vasudeva, Krishna’s father, snuck off with Krishna and carried him to Vrindavan while keeping him in a basket. He crossed the river while clutching the basket. Yashoda and Nanda took in Krishna as their own.
This festival’s only purpose is to foster community building and the strengthening of unifying values.
All living things lavishly decorate Lord Krishna, who is the most revered divinity of all time. He appears in many different guises, holding his flute contentedly while cows stand behind him and listen to his music. His actions and environment in many ways reflect his personality. One might infer his beliefs and teachings from his ornamentations and gestures. He blends simplicity and quiet to provide a peaceful place to live. To know about his symbolism check our blog on Krishna Symbolism.
Every year, Janmashtmi is a cause for great delight and fervor. Every Krishna devotee should take part in the Janmashtami festival at Mathura and Vrindavan. In Mathura, the Krishna Janm Bhumi temple and the surrounding city are decked with flowers and lights. It is a magnificent and amazing experience.
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