Janamashtmi is an Indian festival celebrating the birth of lord Krishna. It is celebrated on the eighth day of Krishna paksha. Lord Krishna is a deity worshipped by the Hindu community of India and even by the foreigners in other countries.
According to the Hindu calendar, the day falls in the month of August-September known as the month of shravanna in Hindi. The festival is celebrated by enacting the life of young Krishna with gopis known as the Ras Lila. The festive is celebrated in regions like Mathura and Vrindavan and in parts of Manipur. The Ras Lila is followed by the breaking of dahi handi. As lord Krishna was very fond of butter, the playful days of baby Krishna are depicted. A pot full of butter and curd is hung high, and then the group of young boys tries to grab it by making a human tower. The group which succeeds in breaking the pot first wins. This tradition is called as uraidi in Tamil Nadu. Every Year in Mumbai it takes a big crowd for celebrating Dahi Handi.
Lord Krishna was the eighth son of princess Devaki and Vasudeva. They belonged to Mathura, a state in Uttar Pradesh, was then the capital of Yadavas. Deviki’s brother, Kansa was throne as the king by seizing the power from his father, Ugrasena. Kansa, being afraid by the prophecy (akaashwani) that he would be killed with the hands of the son of Deviki, imprisoned them in jail with thick wires around. The sons of Deviki was killed by kansa.
Lord Krishna was then born as eighth son. Soon after, Krishna was sent to Gokul on the orders of lord Vishnu so that he could live away from danger. Krishna grew up in Gokul with his brother Balram. They both then killed Kansa on their return to Mathura.
Apart from the playful events, Indians keep fast, pray and wake up till midnight when the lord Krishna is believed to have been born. The idols of lord Krishna are kept in cradles and swings. The fast is broken by eating homemade sweets and delicious Indian food made of jowar.
On this day it will be wise to understand for everyone, that rules of Pooja at home are quite different as we see in temples.
Naresh Singal’s vaastu tips for Pooja Room
As per vaastu there should not be any kind of statues in a pooja sthal at home.
- You should use ordinary curtains for pooja room.
- Never use Shankha and other musical equipment for pooja at home.
- If possible go to the temple for pooja.
- Never use the statues and photographs of god and goddess in your bedroom and on toilets wall.
- There should be only one place to keep photographs, not like everywhere in calendars, photo frames, wall clock etc.
- Keeping a lot of pictures of god and goddess at homes can brings trouble in a family as there are strict rule for pooja sthal at home.
So one should always follow the principles, if you are having anything like it, you must change it from today. You will see good effect by god grace.