On the occasion of religious pious Hindu festival ‘Krishna Janmashtami’, city witnessed huge celebration in every part with traditional fervour on Saturday. The devotees thronged the temples and participated in religious rituals and cultural programmes. The markets wore a festive look with the shine and zeal of the festival. A number of shops in the city as well as street shops and roadside vendors sold religious stuffs, infant Lord Krishna idols, swing, clothes and jewellery of Lord Krishna, Matki for ‘Matki Phod Programme’, special Bhog, etc. Even adorable Krishna dresses were also available in the market for the toddlers who carry attire of Lord Krishna and Radha on the day celebrating the beautiful fest.
Janmashtami celebrations are special as it is believed that Lord Krishna was born on this day. The city is decked up and special prayers are being held in various temple. In many, idols of baby Krishna were bathed in milk, honey and water, and dressed in new clothes. Devotees also visited temples and offered prayers to Krishna.
The Vaishnav tradition hails the festival as one of the most important religious festivals. Raas Lila or Krishna Lila which comprises dance and drama enactments of Lord Krishna’s life is popular on this date. The event is celebrated most by Vaishnavism followers because Krishna is believed to be the eighth avatar of their god Vishnu.
Large number of devotees observed a day-long fast to break it on the next day when Ashtami tithi is over. They performed the Krishna Abhishekam, which had milk, ghee and water and offered bhog to the deity. Those fasting spent their day eating phalahar, which consisted of fruits and water.
While most loved to visit temples to seek blessings from Lord Krishna, some placed laddoo gopal or little Krishna’s idol in their temples and bathed him with milk, honey and water and dress him up in new clothes. Janmashtami is widely celebrated in Madhya Pradesh.
The next day of Janmashtami is widely celebrated as Dahi Handi festival. As part of the festivities, people form teams to make a human pyramid and break a pot filled with dahi, mishri and makhan that is hung from a certain height.
Children dressed up as Laddoo Gopal visit temples On the occasion of Janmashtami, devotees across the State thronged temples and worship Lord Sri Krishna and participate in bhajans praising Lord Krishna. Chants of Hare Krishna Hare Rama echoed major temples of city. The temples were decked up with flowers, colourful lights, pictures and tableaux depicting various ‘leelas’ of Lord Krishna.
Throughout the day, families along with children dressed up as Muddu Krishna visited temples and took part in Janmashtami ceremonies and rituals. The children, some of them in get up of Balakrishna will celebrate the festival with excitement. The day is also marked by religious processions, bhajans, kirtans and aarti.
Crowd of devotees buying all the stuffs could be seen in the State capital. Children and women actively took part in the programme and activities. ‘Janmashtami’ which is also called as ‘Gokulashtami’ marks the birth of Lord Krishna. Various religious ceremonies were held marking the occasion at homes and temples. Several programmes based on theme Krishna were held at various places of the city.
The centre of attraction would be ‘Matki Phod’ programme in which a group of boys called ‘Govindas’ will be breaking earthen pot (Matki or Handi) filled with butter hanged at the top on the string tied on two poles. The traditional Dahi Handi event is celebrated every year with great energy commemorating the innocent childhood fantasy of Lord Krishna. The ‘Govindas’ form a pyramid.
Competitions like Krishna Radha fancy dress, dance, song, skit, etc organised The competition winner is also awarded with prizes. Women also draw tiny foot prints outside their house doors and kitchen, walking towards their house, a symbolism for Krishna’s journey into their homes. Children also take part in many competitions like Krishna Radha fancy dress, dance, song, skit, etc. All the city temples, Lord Krishna temples will be adorned with beautiful flowers and adornment stuffs. Festivity seem high as people will celebrate the festival with colorful feasts like sabudana kheer, singhara puri and assorted sweets, children will dress up in little Lord Krishna avatars.
The butter-filled pitcher smashing (‘Matki-phod’), ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ chanting and other cultural events will mark the grand festival of Janmashtami. Special prayers will be held along with daylong celebrations in the temples and homes to mark the occasion. Devotees of Lord Krishna will observe fast for the whole day and night, keeping vigil through the night. At midnight, the statue of infant Krishna will be worshipped and placed in a cradle rocked amidst the blowing of conch shells and the ringing of bells.
Janmashtami is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna, considered Lord Vishnu’s incarnation. Lord Krishna is believed to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu; his birthday is celebrated with great pomp and show across India. Therefore, it is one of the religious occasions, which is celebrated with great enthusiasm.