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Krishna Jayanthi / Janmastami

24 Aug

Krishna Jayanthi or Janmastami marks the birth of Lord Krishna, considered in Hinduism as the 9th incarnation of Lord, while some sects within Hinduism consider him as Svyam Bhagvan or The Lord Himself. He was born in a prison cell to Devaki and Vasudeva of the Yadava clan, and was moved immediately & secretly to Vrindavan. There are a lot of stories around Lord Krishna’s mischievous childhood that portrays him as Makhan Chor (Butter thief), the protector of Vrindavan (by lifting the Govardan Hill and protecting the villagers from the angst of Lord Indira), Kalinga Nardanam (danced on the head of a poisonous serpent Kalinga and tamed the serpent) and lover of the Gopis (milkmaids) in Vrindavan.


Unlike the Ramavatar where the Lord never reveals himself until the end, Krishnavatar is strewn with instances where the Lord pronounces His arrival, the pinnacle of which is the Bhagavad Gita discourse, where Lord Krishna elaborates on the various Yogic and Vedantic philosophies. In the Kurukshetra war of the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna was the charioteer of Arjuna, a Pandava prince. Arjuna, upon seeing his cousins and uncles in the battlefield, is dis-heartened and refuses to fight and the ensuing conversation between Arjuna and Krishna is the famous Bhagavad Gita.

There are innumerable slokas and kirtans set in praise of Lord Krishna and one of them is the famous Krishnastakam, a eight-part sloka on Lord Krishna sung by Adi Sankara that explains beautifully the virtues and life of Lord Krishna.
On this day, Lord Krishna is offered his favorite dishes as well as butter & curd (Indian yogurt) as prasadam.

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Posted by on August 24, 2008 in Pandigai (Festival)

 

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4 responses to “Krishna Jayanthi / Janmastami

  1. Mitr

    August 26, 2008 at 6:51 AM

    A-kay,

    very succint write-up on Gokulastami, loved both the pics, especially the second one taken in the battlefield. Hope you made all the goodies this year, as well.

    I didn’t make the seedais this year; made appam instead. How about you? – A-kay

     
  2. Usha

    August 27, 2008 at 3:19 AM

    Hi This is my first visit to your blog got here from great cooks community…you have a wonderful blog..this is a very nice post about gokulashtami..loved the pictures too…especially the first one..about your post below..my brother is like that hates curds and never has them and hence gets teased a lot within the family 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by – you have a very neat blog too. – A-kay

     
  3. Mads

    August 28, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Nice post, welcome back and awesome pics, loved it. Janmastami is such a big event back home at our place loads of yummy food and decorations. I should learn that next time I go home 🙂 The best of all dad used to make a small swing every year for the baby Krishna in our house. Me here did nothing much, cooked some curd rice for temple prasadam and made some pyasam for home. How about u A-kay?

    Usually I make seedais (both salty and sweet kind), but this time I didn’t make them. I just made some Appam for prasadam. I remember my mom drawing tiny baby Krishna’s legs from front yard into the house – symbolic to baby Krishna entering the house; I don’t do all those things, guess should start doing them, probably from next year. – A-kay

     
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