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Janmashtami: A Celebration of Lord Krishna′s Earthy Appearance!

Janmashtami

Janmashtami is the holy day of celebration as it′s the day that commemorates the earthly appearance of Krishna that is the eighth avatar or incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Janmashtami is the name for one of the biggest religious festivals in the world that is being celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy by nine hundred and thirty million people around the world.

Every year, the celebration of Janmashtami is done with great fervor by the Hindus in India and by the people belonging to Indian Diaspora and residing across the globe. It is the day for the devotees of Lord Krishna who is the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu.

Joyous Janmashtami Festival Celebration:
In India and worldwide, the celebration of Janmashtami done by the Hindus is by being on fast until midnight, till it′s the time for the Lord Krishna′s birth. People place images of Krishna's infancy in swings or cradles at home or temples. At midnight when it′s time for Krishna′s birth, devotees gather, sing devotional songs dedicated to Lord′s Krishna, dance on its tunes, repeat his name or do Kirtan as ′Hare Krishna′, read Hindu religious scripture Bhagavad Gita or holy stories of Lord′s Krishna′s birth.

Since for the Hindus, Janmashtami is the day to showcase their devotion and love for Lord Krishna, people:
  • Decorate entire home with fresh and colorful garlands.
  • Make special dishes (sweet delicacies) for Lord Krishna as Prasaad.
  • Decoration of temples and homes is done with flowers and lights.
  • Do ′Hare Krishna′ Jaaps aloud.




Rituals of the Janmashtami Festival Celebration:
Apart from the decoration and lighting, Hindus imitate Lord Krishna′s birth by bathing Lord′s idol with variety of auspicious liquids that is a kind of ablution ceremony which is recalled as ′Abhisheka′.

After the Abhishek ceremony is done, Lord Krishna′s idol is cleaned and is worn new and colorful clothes and jewellery. People also decorate the entire place of Lord Krishna′s keep at small home temple with garlands and fresh flowers around. Then newly dressed deity of Lord Krishna is now in front of all in his new beautiful avatar to worship.

Ways to Decorate Home/Temples on Janmashtami:
  • White and Orange Flowers garlands are just the best way of decorating temples and homes. Not only the combination and white and orange flowers gives a pleasing and beautiful look to the entire ambience of the place but also offers a soothing aromatic fragrance everywhere around.
  • Diya is another very appropriate options to decorate home or temples with on the Janmashtami day to welcome Lord Krishna. The entire place of worshipping and all around can be decorated with colorful or standard diyas. The lights illuminated with oil diyas are sure to add more aesthetic appeal to the place of worshipping. Most importantly Lord Krishna would be impressed as well.
  • Diya is another very appropriate options to decorate home or temples with on the Janmashtami day to welcome Lord Krishna. The entire place of worshipping and all around can be decorated with colorful or standard diyas. The lights illuminated with oil diyas are sure to add more aesthetic appeal to the place of worshipping. Most importantly Lord Krishna would be impressed as well.

So now when Janmashtami is just few days ahead, get started with the preparations if this holy festival in all the above mentioned ways to welcome Lord Krishna at your place and seek his blessings. So it′s time to speak aloud “Hare Krishna... Hare Krishna... Krishna... Krishna... Hare... Hare...”!!