India is the land of festivals and Janmashtami is one of the most popular and vibrant among all.
As per the Hindu calendar, Lord Krishna was born on Ashtami of Krishna Paksha in the holy month of Shraavana. He was the eighth son of Vasudeva and Devaki, the sister of Mathura brutal king Kansa.
Janmashtami is observed all over the country and even outside the country.
People get busy with house decorations, arrangements of the puja space, and preparation of Makhan (white butter). They also make an assortment of delectable prasads like peda, malpua, panjiri, etc. for the Puja day.
On the day of Janmashtami, devotees also hold fast that can be broken only when Ashtami Tithi and Rohini Nakshatra are over the next day. This is the nirjala fast. Devotees may also decide upon a phallar fast during this period
At midnight, the main ritualistic puja is performed. There are sixteen steps in total which are a part of the Shodashopachara Puja Vidhi. Bhajans and Kirtans dedicated to the Blue God are sung throughout the midnight as people keep a ratri jagaran.
Dahi Handi is an event that narrates the story of young Krishna as Makhanchor. Handi or an earthen pot is filled with white butter, ghee, dry fruits, and milk. It is then hung with ropes at some height from the ground. young boys/girls in the locality would form a human pyramid, climb up to the Handi and break it.
youngsters would get involved in preparing skits and through dance-drama, they would portray the chronicles of Krishnas life. As throngs of people get enraptured by the play sitting in the audience, for the young performers, this becomes one of the most enjoyable moments during Janmashtami.
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