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Sep 7, 2012

Janmashtami/Krishna Jayanthi

Janmashtami day is an important day for Hindus. The festival of Janmashtami is celebrated as the birth day of Lord Krishna who was born as the incarnation of Lord Vishnu in Dwapar Yug . The festival is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) day of the dark fortnight of the month of Avani(August-September) in the Hindu calendar.
From Periyazhvar's Tirumozhi

The festival is observed with Ras Lila and Dahi Handi celebrations for two days in the country. While the Rasa lila re-creates the flirtatious aspects of Krishna's youthful days, the Dahi Handi celebrate God's playful and mischievous side, where teams of young men form human pyramids to reach a high-hanging pot of butter and break it. This tradition, also known as uriadi, is a major event in Tamil Nadu on Gokulashtami.

Janmashtami in Mathura
Kutti Krishna is particularly fond of milk, butter and sweets. People indulge in making delicious Sweets and desserts for Lord Krishna. 
They decorate their houses with flowers, imprints of HIS Divine Sri Krishna's feet entering to the entire house.  Moreover, many people observe a  Nirjal fast during the day, as a part of the celebrations. 
 The fast is broken  after Janmashtami Puja. During both the types of Janmashtami fast, people pass their time by singing bhajans of Lord Krishna and chant mantra. They would not consume the sweet dishes or any other food unless and until they have been offered to Lord Krishna.

On the occasion of Janmashtami, I extend my greetings and good wishes to all my blog readers.

Recipes for Janmashtami (Please see the links)

Almond Cashew Burfi                                            Ambalapuzha Pal Payasam


Unni appam
                                                                                       Ashoka Halwa
Sweet appam
                                                                                      Madhu vargam

Puzhungal Arsi Murukku                        Puzhungal Arsi Thattai


Uppu seedai

Vella seedai

Mull Thenkuzhal

Thattai                                                                              Coconut Burfi


Unniappam                                                 Kalkandu Sadam


Thirattipal                                                     Kasi Halwa


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