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Lord Krishna's Janmashtami Festival

Janmashtami (The Day of Krishna’s Birth ) is the celebration of the birth of Shri Krishna. Shri Krishna was born on the 8th day of Krishna Paksh in the month of Bhadon in Rohini nakshatra at midnight.Lord Krishna janmastsmi

He was born in a prison in Mathura parents Vaasudev and Mata Devaki. After baby Krishna was lifted up by Mata Yashoda and Nand Baba in Vrindavan. His older brother was Balaraam, an avtaar of Sheshnaag.

Although the timing of Puja varies in Janmashtami, as the entire day is believed to be very auspicious, most people like better to conduct Puja at mid-night since Lord Krishna born at midnight. The general routine for the entire day goes like this...

Preparation for the Puja

A small structure decorated with flowers and a small potda (handkerchief is kept in the cradle)
New clothes for Krishna God’s idols
Panchamrit made out of unboiled milk, curds, ghee, honey and powdered sugar
Flowers and flower garlands, chandan, ittar

Puja Process:

* Early in the morning, devotees give a bath by Pure Water to Lord Krishna, which is also termed as "Abhishek". The bathing ingredients comprise of the Gangajal, ghee, water, honey and curd.
* Once Bal-Gopal (Shri Krishna) is given bath, devotees embellish and beautify the idol of Krishna with newly purchased jewellary, accessories and clothes. Many devotees spend days before the Janmashtami to purchase these clothes and ornaments for Lord Krishna.

* The idol of Krishna is then Decorated .
*Bhajan Sandhya is Arranged in chant for Lord Krishna
* Bhog (an offering to lord), comprising of fruits, kheer, pedha etc… is offered to Lord.
* Along with all the above steps Krishna Aarti, mantras, bhajans are sung melodiously that fills the environment with positive vibrations.

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