Krishna Janmashtami

Whether it is gopalkala, Singhare ki poori, or seedai  at home or raas leela, dhandiya or dahi handi at a public gathering, huge rangoli or footprints of baby Krishna are made at the entrance of houses. All of these represent the joy of people all over the world celebrating the birth of their beloved Lord Krishna. On this auspicious day, Sri Krishna is worshipped in the form of an infant, hence the rituals are done to the infant idol. The idol is bathed at midnight, at the time where he is believed to be born and is placed in a cradle. He is then adorned with flowers, jewelry and a small “mukut” or crown. Everyone swings the cradle to the tune of bhajan’s or songs of praise.  “Naivedya” mainly butter, his favorite food from his childhood, is offered to Him and then distributed to all.

In order to rescue the world from the evil-doer, King Kansa of Mathura, Sri Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu was born. The Lord was destined to be birthed by the sister of Kansa, Devaki. In order to save the Lord, Sri Krishna’s father, Vasudev, took the infant on the very day he was born and put him in the care of his friend Nanda and his wife Yashodha at Gokul, for them to bring him up safely. They did this with complete dedication and loyalty. Krishna was a darling son to his parents, an endearing friend and comrade, a devoted disciple, a loving husband and a trusted brother. He is the incomparable hero, teacher, protector, leader, friend, guide and lover.