--Article by Alka Mehta
The Melodious Music on the flute, the churning of sumptuous butter,
The happy grazing cows at the meadows, the peals and giggles of laughter,
The grandeur of a decorated home, the array of chhappan bhog,
The colour of festivity and tradition... close to our heart we hold!
Yes…it’s that time of the year again when we prepare to welcome the homecoming of a newborn, when our kitchen smells of traditional sweets and Savouries, where our house is decked with flowers and glitter, when celebration rings in new hope, peace and happiness...Janmashtami – joy forever.
Janmashtami or Gokulashtami is a grand festival celebrated all over India. It marks the celebration of birth of Lord Krishna, one of the ten avatars of Maha Vishnu. It is one of the most vibrant festivals of India.
The birthday falls on the 8th day after Krishna paksha in the Bhadrapada month. It is “Aavani” as per the Tamil calendar. Countless tales of heroism, mischief, love and wisdom is attributed to the lord, which is why he is one of the most revered of all Hindu gods in India. This day is marked with celebration that rings in joy , happiness, spirituality, mischievous games and pranks and lots of delicious food!
Sweets, Butter, Savouries and milk are the favourites of Lord Krishna .These are freshly prepared and offered as” Naivedhyam” to the god and then distributed to all as prasadams.
Recitals of Bhagavad Gita and Bhagvata purana ring in people’s homes. Chanting of hymns and bhajans praising the lord transforms the aura of a home to a sacred temple.
In many homes people dress up little children as baby Krishna and treat them to yummy delicacies after making the offering to the god. Houses are decorated with little footprints of lord Krishna from the main door and a butter pot is kept in the puja room. These footprints lead to the butter pot as it is lord’s favourite food.
On this holy festival of Janmashtami, lord Krishna is revered by the entire nation and this festival is gloriously celebrated with dance and devotion. In Northern parts of India traditional games like “Dahi-handi” is played where a human pyramid is made and one kid (Krishna) climbs up all of them to hit the handi (pot of yoghurt).
Guruvayoor temple in Kerala, Udipi Sri Krishna mathe temple, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna temple in kerala, Balakrishna temple in Hampi, Rajagopalaswamy temple in Mannargudi, Tamil nadu, Jaggannatha temple, Dwarakadesh temple in Dwaraka and various other Iskcon temples stand as the testimony to the selfless devotion and valour of this great god.
It is a tradition to prepare sweets which little kids love smeared with white butter, oodles of milk and rock sugar. The handis in the kitchen smell of lip smacking payasams, drooling kheer, crispy murrukkus , round seedai, sugar dipped Malpuas, sugar palm fritters or the talerbora .Relishing these dishes made with milk and sugar has a deep meaning because it is filled with heap of nutrients and goodness of health.
On Janmashtami just like the charisma of the most enigmatic and revered god, every child deserves ample nutrition, happy and secured upbringing to grow up to a healthy individual. So treat your little ones to these yummy traditional goodies from SweetKaramCoffee and revel in the glory of the god with good health and happiness.
May the melody of the flute and the divine delicacies from SweetKaramCoffee infuse good health, peace and happiness in your lives today and forever..
“Remember Health is happiness and Happiness is homemade”.