A very Happy Krishna Janmashmi to all wiseshe readers:)
Do you have any plans for the Jamashtmi celeberation?.I know most of you are going to be in your office but still the day is special.I too have kept fast .I will be eating only fruits and juices.It will also help me in detoxifying my body and I feel at peace too when I keep fast for the God.With so much of things going around in our life it if we keep one special day for God it does relaxes us a bit.
Those of wiseshe readers who donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know much about the festival I will just tell you in brief how we celebrate it in various parts of India.Every house has its own custom and traditions but some of the common traditions are as follows:-
Krishan Janmashtami (Ã Â¤â€¢Ã Â¥Æ’Ã Â¤Â·Ã Â¥ÂÃ Â¤Â£ Ã Â¤Å“Ã Â¤Â¨Ã Â¥ÂÃ Â¤Â®Ã Â¤Â¾Ã Â¤Â·Ã Â¥ÂÃ Â¤Å¸Ã Â¤Â®Ã Â¥â‚¬ ) is also known as Ã¢â‚¬Å“Krishna Janmashtami (Devanagari Ã Â¤â€¢Ã Â¥Æ’Ã Â¤Â·Ã Â¥ÂÃ Â¤Â£ Ã Â¤Å“Ã Â¤Â¨Ã Â¥ÂÃ Â¤Â®Ã Â¤Â¾Ã Â¤Â·Ã Â¥ÂÃ Â¤Å¸Ã Â¤Â®Ã Â¥â‚¬) , also known as “Krishnashtami”,”Saatam Aatham” ,”Gokulashtami”, “Ashtami Rohini”, “Srikrishna Jayanti”, “Sree Jayanthi” or sometimes merely as “Janmashtami”, is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of the Hindu deity
This is the statue of Krishna which is carried in a basket by seven hooded serpent by vasudena acroos the Yamuna river at mignight.We fast on the seventh day (Saptami) which is followed by a long vigil commemorating the birth of Krishna at midnight in the jail where his metrnal uncleKansa was keeping the captive and his immediate removal.
At midnight, the idol of the infant Krishna is bathed, adorned in new clothes and jewellery, placed in a cradle and worshiped. The fast is completed after Aarti, a special prayer. At day break, ladies draw patterns of little children’s footprints outside the house with rice-flour paste,
walking towards the house. This symbolizes the entry of the infant Krishna into his foster-home i.e. their homes.In South India
In South India pooja is performed late in the evening when the moon rises .Generally most of the sweets and savouries are prepared on that day.Rangoli is drawn specially for this occassion which is called as ezhakoolam.Footprints represting those of Krishna are drawn from the front yard to the pooja room representing the god enterting the devoteeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s room
Janmaashtami, popularly known in Mumbai and Pune as Dahi Handi is celebrated with enormous zeal and enthusiasm. The handi is a clay pot filled with buttermilk that was positioned at a convenient height prior to the event; the topmost person on the human pyramid tries to break the handi by hitting it with a blunt object, and when that happens, the buttermilk is spilled over the entire group, symbolizing their achievement through unity. Various Handis are set up locally in several parts of the city, and groups of youngsters, called Govinda, travel around in trucks trying to break as many handis as possible during the day.
Many such Govinda Pathaks compete with each other, especially for the handis that dole out hefty rewards. The event, in recent times, has gathered a political flavor, and it is not uncommon for political parties, and rich community groups to offer prizes amounting to lakhs of rupees.
Some of the most famous handis are at Dadar, Mazgaon, Lalbaug, Thane and Babu Genu, Mandai in Pune
Cash and gifts are offered for Govinda troops to participate; for over 4000 Handis in Mumbai, 700 Govinda troops compete for the prizes.
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