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MIDNIGHT BIRTHDAY FESTIVAL

Ganesh.Dutta's picture

Now India ready for  celebrating one of the most popular midnight birthday festival Krisna Janmashtami.



                  Lord Srikrishna

   (picture source:www.srichinmoybio.co.uk/.../sri_krishna.html)

 Janmashtami celebrates the birth of one of the most famous Gods of Hindu religion, Lord Krishna, The celebration reaches its peak at midnight, with the birth of Lord Krishna, with lot of hymns, arti taking place and blowing of the Conch (shankh), rocking the cradle of Lord. The idol of lord is bathed with Panchamrit (A mixture of milk, ghee, oil, honey and Gangajal). The Panchamrit is later distributed as Prasad to the devotees along with other sweets. While some Fast on the first day and break it at midnight for others the fasting continues for both days. The period coincides with rainy season.

Lord Srikrishna in childhood with delicious butter (picture source:: www.brijmandal.com)


Ardent followers of Lord Krishna celebrate Janmashtami by keeping 'Nirjal' fasts. This kind of fasting involves not having even a single drop of water during the entire day. People feel keeping nirjal or waterless fasts will help them get closer to God. Devotees also keep 'Phalahar Vrat' having milk and fruits during the fast. Devotees observe strict discipline while fasting. They refrain from having cereals and salt on the day of the festival . They also feel keeping such fast is the only thing that they can offer God. Fasting is accompanied by singing of devotional songs and mantra chanting

  Popular Dishes made during Janmashtami Fast


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Devotees make various dishes during the fast. They have milk and milk products during the fast. This because Lord Krishna was particularly fond of milk and butter. Sweet dishes are also made and had during janmashtami fast. Kheer, Pedhas are popular sweets that devotees have. People do not include salt in their meals during the fast. Devotees fasting on janmashtami break the fast at midnight after the birth of Lord Krishna. They break their fast with Prasad of the Lord.

However with changing times, and even children keeping fasts in the current scenario, the stringent rituals of fasting have been done away with. Sendha namak (salt of a special kind used during fasting) is now allowed during the fast. 


via: http://www.krishnajanmashtami.com  

 video coverage of SRIKRISHNA JANAMASHTHAMI FESTIVAL from an urban village JIA SARAI ,NEW DELHI

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shantihhh's picture
Very interesting, great explanation!
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
thanks shanti! Are you know that Lord Krishna is the commonly known as most popular GOD OF FOOD in the India because their food habit is very interesting .
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
Lord Krishna also commonly known as MAKHANCHOR (butter thief) in India.
shantihhh's picture
I did not know that! I love the name MAKHANCHOR ! I have read of Lord Krishna but didn't know of any of this.
The.Tortilla.Guy's picture
Over here who would we say is the food gods ? Rachel Ray ? Chef Paul , Bobby Flay, Emeril, not to make fun but you know how we Americans think The Tortilla Guy
shantihhh's picture
There is a Chinese Food god - Zao Jun. I have a two sided 3-D antique silver piece of the Zao Jun on horseback. I added this large 4" piece along with antique two side button to a sterling link chain to make a long necklace. Of course in Eastern Europe there is the Kitchen Witch which you hang in your kitchen for good luck.
The.Tortilla.Guy's picture
And Chocolate is food of the Gods , I found this online : CACAO, FOOD OF THE GODS Cacao (Theobroma cacao) STERCULIACEAE, Cacao Family Cacao, a small evergreen tree native to the lower eastern slope of the Andes in South America, is the source of cocoa and chocolate. Cacao grows in partial shade at very low elevations between 20 degrees north and south latitude, where the average temperature is 25.5 degrees C (this species tolerates 15 to 35 degrees C), and the plants receive one to more than three meters of annual precipitation. Cacao can also be grown with irrigation. Theobroma is Greek for "the food of the gods," and the common names are taken from the Aztec and Mayan languages. Aztecs considered cacao to be man's inheritance from Quetzalcoatl, the god of the air. Cacao seeds were made into a drink with the addition of maize (Zea) and vanilla (Vanilla) or a sauce (mole) with maize and chili peppers (Capsicum). On his fourth voyage, Columbus intercepted a canoe with cacao, but it was Cortez who observed its use and carried back beans (seeds) to Spain, where it rapidly became a drink for the wealthy (cocoa) by combining cacao powder (bitter), maize, and vanilla with sugar. The Spaniards introduced cacao to Trinidad and Venezuela, but their monopoly was broken by the Dutch. Cacao was cultivated eventually in western Africa, and in 1878-79 introduced on the mainland by free Portuguese laborers. A fellow named Cadbury (sound familiar?), a Quaker, helped the free laborers get established. Most world production now comes from Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Cameroon. However, swollen shoot disease, a virus that kills the trees within several years, is now a serious threat to the West African industry. The Tortilla Guy
The.Tortilla.Guy's picture
Chocolate: Food of the gods Chocolate has the reputation of being a “forbidden food” that's divinely delicious, especially around Valentine's Day. In fact, the ancient Mayans referred to chocolate as the food of the gods. Today, research has shown that chocolate has some beneficial health effects and is not necessarily a food taboo. The Tortilla Guy
vikas.kumar's picture
Good job Ganesh! Very informative...especially about Panchamrit and about the different types of fast.
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
thanks steve, shanti and vikash, for your nice comments! Coming soon: video coverage of SRIKRISHNA JANAMASHTHAMI FESTIVAL from an urban village JIA SARAI ,NEW DELHI
Alpana.Mathur's picture
we all are waiting for video coverage..... great blog with nice picture!