Janmashtami is commemorated as a birth anniversary of Lord Krishna which falls in the month of Bhadrapada (August/September) on the Ashtami tithi (date) of the Krishna Paksha. Krishna Janmashtami is not only celebrated in India but also marks as an extravagant festivity in other corners across the world. It is believed that Lord Vishnu had taken Krishna's avatar (incarnation) to re-establish the Hindu religion and to kill his demon uncle- Kans in the medieval period on this day-Krishna Janamasthmi. Lord Krishna is well-known by names like Madhava, Keshav, Kanha, Kanhaiya, Devakinandan, and Bal Gopal, etc. among his fervent followers. This year, Krishna Janamasthmi would observe on Wednesday 12th August 2020, according to Hindu Lunar Calendar.
Krishna Janmashtami Puja and Vrat Vidhi:
-According to Hindu culture, it is highly endorsed that every person should observe fast on this fortunate occasion of Krishna Janmashtami. It’s time to comprehend the Janmashtami Puja and Vrat Vidhi for Krishna Janamasthmi which comprise of no hard and fast rules.
-On the day of Krishna Janmashtami, taking a holy bath and observing fast is like mandatory rituals. Wake up a little early during the morning time and decorate a small house of baby Krishna for displaying khakis and spangles in/near the temple area. Krishna small house should be embellished with Padmaragamani and flower-garlands along with khadag, Krishna chaagh, mushal and many more.
-The walls of the miniature house should have Swastik, Shubh-Laabh and Ohm, etc for the positivity during Krishna Janamasthmi celebration.
-The idol of Mother Goddess-Devki should be positioned along with Shri Krishna's portrait in the zodiacal Krishna house. Install a tiny statue of baby Lord Krishna's on a cradle or swing inside that house. That beautiful Putty house should be decorated and adorned with different materials and ornaments as much as possible.
-With complete devotion and a pack of ornaments including flowers, sunshine, coconut, betel, cucumber, orange, other various types of fruits, baby Lord Krishna should be worshipped in the main sanctum of the handmade- house.
-During Midnight, Aarti should be performed while playing conch on the birth of Lord Krishna in, followed by distributing Bhog (Prasad).
-Vratis- the devotees who are all are observing fasts should feed the Brahmin (pundits) on the day of Navami to get their utter blessings.
Janmashtami Puja Mantra:
योगेश्वराय योगसम्भवाय योगपताये गोविन्दाय नमो नमः
Yogeshwari Yoga Sambhavay Yogatee Govindai Namo Namah (Meditate on Shri Hari by this mantra)
यज्ञेश्वराय यज्ञसम्भवाय यज्ञपतये गोविन्दाय नमो नमः
Yagneshwaraya Yagnasavbhav Yajnavpatyay Govindai Namo Namah (by chanting this mantra, bathe the baby Krishna idol)
वीश्वाय विश्वेश्वराय विश्वसम्भवाय विश्वपतये गोविन्दाय नमो नमः
Vishwavite Vishweshwaraya Vishwabatayabhavabhavbhav Vivayvataye Govindai Namo Namah (By this mantra, offer flowers, fruits etc and start performing aarti)
Benefits of Janmashtami Fasting (Vrat)
· Bhavishyapurana says- If someone keeps Krishna Janamasthami fast till midnight then he/she is likely to get immense happiness, aspiration, prosperity, longevity and a vast kingdom of their own.
· Apart from this, it is believed that once one who observes this fast with a set of rituals and does not eat anything till Krishna’s birth is supposed to attain Moksha (salvation).
Celebration in India (Maharashtra):
There is also a unique part of the celebration during Krishna Janamashtmi festival called Dahi-Handi- Earthen pots (makkhan- matki) of milk, curd from long bamboos are hung in the streets near the temples in various vicinity of India. In Dahi handi, children throng together and form a pyramid stoop to break pots in a peculiar way for stealing Makkhan (butter/curd) to commemorate Ras-Leela of Lord Krishna. This is one of the famous splendors in Maharashtra and other nearby states.
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