The occasion is observed especially in Mathura and Vrindavan (Brindaban), the scenes of Krishna’s childhood and early youth. On the preceding day, devotees keep a vigil and fast until midnight, the traditional hour of his birth. Then the image of Krishna is bathed in water and milk, dressed in new clothes, and worshipped. Temples and household shrines are decorated with leaves and flowers; sweetmeats are first offered to the god and then distributed as prasada (the god’s leftovers, which carry his favor) to all the members of the household. The devotees of Krishna commemorate the events of his birth by preparing elaborate representations of Mathura, where he was born, the Yamuna River, over which he was transported to safety, and Gokul (ancient Vraja), the scene of his childhood, using small images of the god, the other participants, and the animals and birds of the forest. Pots of milk are hung from tall poles in the streets, and men form human pyramids to reach and break the pots—this in imitation of Krishna’s childhood play with the cowherd boys when they stole the curds hung out of reach by their mothers. The festival is also a time for group singing and dancing.
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Importance of Janmashtami
It is said in Bhagavad Gita that whenever there will be a predominance of evil and decline of religion, God will reincarnate to kill all evil and restore the good. This festival is an example of the same. Lord Vishnu reincarnated in the form of Lord Krishna to save the earth from Evil and spread the message of love and harmony.
The celebration of Dahi HandiDahi handi is celebrated on the second day of Janmashtami. Krishna was very naughty in his childhood. He used to steal butter made by gopis and eat. When gopis complained about this to Ma Yashoda, she ran after him with a stick in hand to punish him. Dahi Handi is celebrated to mimic the stealing of butter by Krishna. An earthen pot containing butter, ghee (milk fat), dry fruits, and milk is hung at a great height with the help of a rope. Energetic men make a human pyramid and climb on each other to reach the pot and then break the pot.
Each and every aspect of Krishna's life is captivating no matter whether it is the naughtiness of Bal Gopal, Krishna's life in Gokul, Krishna's romance with Radha, or the assassination of cruel Kansa. God never asks for material things. A deity wants attention from his devotees. Devote yourself fully towards lord Krishna and make this Janmashtami special.
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