Members Lounge
Members Lounge

India-Forums

   

{Janmashtami~The Birth Of Lord Krishna}

-BlueEyes- IF-Sizzlerz
-BlueEyes-
-BlueEyes-

Eccentric CC Captain
Joined: 16 January 2010
Posts: 15805

Posted: 15 August 2014 at 10:12am | IP Logged



The birthday of   L o r d   K r i s h n a  is celebrated with great devotion and love during July or August within India. According to the Hindu calendar this religious festival is celebrated on the  A s h t a m i  of Krishna Paksh or the 8th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadon.

 

It is said that when God takes birth on Earth, He always has a motive, a reason- perhaps an aim. Janmashtami celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, one of the most venerated incarnations in the Hindu Dharma.

 

In the  B h a g v a d   G i t a  (4/78) the Lord has ordained:

"Y a d a a   y a d a a   h i   d h a r m a s y a   g l a n i r   b h a v a t i   B h a r a t;
D h a r m a   s a n s t h a a p a n a a r t h a a y a    s a m b h a a v a m i    y u g e   y u g e."

i.e. I incarnate whenever Dharma declines and evil predominates, to establish Dharma and vanquish evil.
In the Bhavishyottara Puran Shri Krishna himself extols the celebration of Janmashtami to Yudhishtir, the eldest of the five Pandavas.
He incarnated in Mathura (Uttar Pradesh) to vanquish the evil King Kansa and other evil elements who were harassing pious people. His second reason was to fulfil the pledge he had given to Vasudev and Devki. When they married Kansa heard a divine proclamation that the couple's eighth son would be his nemesis. To obviate this, Kansa imprisoned the couple and killed the first seven sons born to Devki. When Shri Krishna was born Vasudev placed him in a cradle and took the baby child through the river Yamuna. Thus the Lord survived and eventually vanquished Kansa and other evil elements.


 

 

Dharma is the most important part of Janmashtami. Lord Krishna was born to establish peace and dharma on Earth and he does that through Arjuna, one of the pandav brothers. Dharma is the key to Janmashtami

 Most tend to fast on the birthday of their beloved God, they immerse themselves within Shri Krishna's lifetime through  reading, reciting and singing his divine leela- especially in the evening in mandirs. At midnight, at the Lord's birth hour, aarti is performed. He is also installed in the form of 'Lalji' (child form) in a swing whilst being devotionally offered many sumptuous food dishes. 'Makhan' (butter) is symbolically included since Shri Krishna loved this in childhood. 

After arti, devotees jubilantly sing and hail kirtans extolling the Lord's incarnation:

  • "Nand gher anand bhayo, Jai Kanaiyalal ki .. 
    Hathi, ghoda, palkhi, jai Kanaiyalal ki ..."
  • "Bawa Nand tane darbar, nobat vaage re lol ...
    Hari pragatya taaranhaar, nobat vaage re lol..."

   

  ~  Staging of Plays or Dramas of Lord Krishna ~
Plays depicting various events and accomplishments of Lord Krishna during his lifetime is another important custom during the festival. Both professional artists as well as amateurs stage plays at various places that are widely attended by devotees. 


~ Preparation of Sweets ~
According to legend, Lord Krishna was very fond of milk and milk products like butter and buttermilk. He was also fond of Sweets like Kheer, Pedhas etc. Therefore devotees all over make sweets during the festival to please the Lord. The traditional prasad is 'Panchajiri'- it consits of five main ingredients; powdered ginger. 'suva', , corinder, sugar and ghee. Other ingredients include poppy seeds (khaskhas) and dessicated coconut shavings. 
The traditional prasad is 'Panchajiri' - made of five ingredients: powdered ginger, 'suva', coriander, sugar and ghee. Other ingredients include poppy seeds (khaskhas) and dessicated coconut shavings. 


Some parts of India have their own unique way of celebrating this festival :


~ Rituals in South India during Janmashtami ~
The houses in South India are beautifully decorated by women on Janmashtami. Various sweet meals are prepared and offered to the Lord. Butter, one of the favourite dishes of Lord Krishna is offered to please him in almost every house. The entire house right from the door to the temple is marked with the footprints of a child. Mixture of water and flour is used to make footprints. This custom creates a feeling of joy among the people as they feel Lord himself has blessed them by entering their homes. The day is marked with the ritual of chanting of the holy Bhagavatam, accompanied by singing of devotional songs and dances. 


~ Ritual in Gujarat ~

Gujarat witnesses a very peculiar as well as an interesting ritual by the womenfolk during Janmashtami. Women give up all the household chores like cooking and cleaning etc. to play cards. This is an age old tradition. Women doing mind placing bets during the card session. The exact history of this peculiar tradition during Janmashtami is unknown but according to sociologists, this custom may have begun as a pass-time for women in the joint family system. Fasting all day long, the women played cards to kill time as well as keep them awake the entire night. It is said that women eat cold food prepared two days in advance.

So this year, tell us how you celebrate Janmashtami- shed some light onto what the festival means to you! 

Wishing all members a very 

Happy Janmashtami


Regards,

Credits :

| supercool3  |  ..Athena..  |  Angel-Jot.  |  -BlueEyes-  |

The following 52 member(s) liked the above post:

AahaanamavaTIPSYSIRise.From.AshesKruths97Guitargirl-Koeli_Appy-Temptations.DemonStarsami01-Swetha--Preetz-munnihyderabadkarina88chunkysony-Misek-supercool3-VishaD-*mystic.moon*alovi_21-Sakthi-No2Pencil.chandu.parsh._aashi_RM14justloverosidfrappievandana1965-Angel.Candy--LiveLaughLove-shayranahui.Manali_IamGCianViamuniquestyle--BimBim--piggietrinilisa-BolNaHalke-debasree04SaiSPDD2508somergasm.pinkpearl5varunxAMIT_TheFanOfGC-xXx--ChitraRocking-thalaStoppingByWoodsriti4uAkkiHP-Priii-spvd

pinkpearl5 IF-Sizzlerz
pinkpearl5
pinkpearl5

Joined: 17 August 2012
Posts: 12506

Posted: 17 August 2014 at 1:46pm | IP Logged
Happy Janamashtami to all! Big smile
Awesome thread, CCs! Smile


Edited by pinkpearl5 - 17 August 2014 at 1:40pm
Aahaana Global Moderator
Aahaana
Aahaana

IF General Sections
Joined: 22 October 2005
Posts: 36908

Posted: 17 August 2014 at 1:47pm | IP Logged
Happy Janmashtami to everyone!

Nice thread CCsThumbs Up

The following 1 member(s) liked the above post:

pinkpearl5

karina88 Goldie
karina88
karina88

Joined: 15 November 2011
Posts: 1743

Posted: 17 August 2014 at 1:51pm | IP Logged
Happy Janmashtami Smile

The following 1 member(s) liked the above post:

pinkpearl5

-LiveLaughLove- IF-Rockerz
-LiveLaughLove-
-LiveLaughLove-

Joined: 10 September 2012
Posts: 9228

Posted: 17 August 2014 at 2:27pm | IP Logged
Happy Janmashtami everyone! Beautiful Thread!
vandana1965 IF-Rockerz
vandana1965
vandana1965

Joined: 13 August 2012
Posts: 5082

Posted: 17 August 2014 at 2:40pm | IP Logged
Happy Janamashtami to all! 
-Priii- IF-Stunnerz
-Priii-
-Priii-

Crazy Senior
Joined: 17 April 2005
Posts: 30899

Posted: 17 August 2014 at 3:14pm | IP Logged
Great Thread & Happy Janmashtami. I celebrate it & Am still fasting.
justloverosid IF-Rockerz
justloverosid
justloverosid

Joined: 25 February 2014
Posts: 6670

Posted: 17 August 2014 at 4:38pm | IP Logged
 Happy Janmashtami   

Go to top

Related Topics

  Topics Author Replies Views Last Post
The Story Of Janmashtami. Happy Janmashtami !!!

2 3 4 5 6

Author: Radhikerani   Replies: 40   Views: 3063

Radhikerani 40 3063 12 August 2012 at 4:11am by Radhikerani
Lord Ganesh Jayanti

Author: *Simran*   Replies: 3   Views: 6347

*Simran* 3 6347 04 February 2009 at 2:09pm by AashiQ_
Shubh Janmastami May Lord Bless You & You

2 3 4

Author: ramas   Replies: 27   Views: 2459

ramas 27 2459 24 August 2008 at 11:47pm by ramas
Happy Krishna Janmashtami – Aug 24 2008

Author: AsliiGuy   Replies: 9   Views: 1784

AsliiGuy 9 1784 24 August 2008 at 2:43pm by canada87
Lord Ganesha Fast...

2

Author: Dhruvie   Replies: 13   Views: 714

Dhruvie 13 714 22 December 2006 at 10:43am by AashiQ_

Forum Quick Jump

Forum Category / Channels
Forums

Disclaimer: All Logos and Pictures of various Channels, Shows, Artistes, Media Houses, Companies, Brands etc. belong to their respective owners, and are used to merely visually identify the Channels, Shows, Companies, Brands, etc. to the viewer. Incase of any issue please contact the webmaster.

Popular Channels :
Star Plus | Zee TV | Sony TV | Colors TV | SAB TV | Life OK

Quick Links :
Top 100 TV Celebrities | Top 100 Bollywood Celebs | About Us | Contact Us | Advertise | Forum Index