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MIDNIGHT BIRTHDAY FESTIVAL

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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

available at: http://ifood.tv/node/13369

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