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Janmashtami - Celebrating Birth of Lord Krishna

Updated on January 15, 2013

Krishna Jayanthi is widely celebrated in India as it marks the birth of Lord Krishna.The festival is also known as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami. Janmashtami is also celebrated in other countries like Nepal, Srilanka etc.

What we do at home for Krishna Jeyanthi?

The above link has all details about the story of Lord Krishna. It is more interesting to know about what is done for Krishna Jeyanthi. Below are a few memories from my childhood on Krishna Jeyanthi celebrations.

Mom starts preparing the different sweets and savories the day before Krishna Jeyanthi and does not allow us to even taste them. We feel like the childhood Krishna, who goes around his neighborhood stealing butter and eating, sneak into the kitchen and grab a sweet or two without mom noticing!

Another interesting part of the festival is placing small foot prints on floor which symbolically represents that Lord Krishna has come to the house. It used to be great fun to draw these footprints with my mom. Even more fun was to erase them nest day with me and my brother playing "Who erased more footprints?".

After the puja in the evening, all of us will sit together and have dinner. Delicious sweets and many many dishes to devour, it was a lot of fun. Whether we actually prayed to Lord Krishna never seemed important. We will eat the sweets and savouries for another week everyday after coming back from school.


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    • C.V.Rajan profile image

      Disillusioned 4 years ago from Kerala, India

      It has generally turned out to be

      festival = eating, dressing and merry making.

      God comes last.