Krishna Jayanti is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna. It is a most important and sacred day for Hindus. People pray to Lord Krishna on this day and seek his blessings for a happy and good life. Krishna Janmashtami is observed on Ashtami, the eighth day of Krishna Paksha month or Shravana month i.e., between mid August and early September. This year it falls on September 2nd 2018.
Ingredients needed for pooja
Flowers for decoration, fruits like apple, pomegranate, orange guava etc, one coconut for neivedyam, Betal leaves and nuts, oil and ghee to light the lamp, rice flour and colors for drawing Rangoli and Krishna feet.
To offer in front of God
A small cup of milk, butter, aval mixed with jaggery or sugar. These offerings are must and should even if you don’t prepare the deep fried stuff. Wash the lamps and other pooja vessels on the previous day night and keep the turmeric and kumkum dots. Put the threads and oil the lamp. Suppose if you don’t have enough time, you can do this the next day morning or afternoon, as the pooja will be done in the evening after 6 pm.
Draw Krishna’s feet with your hands
and after you finish the decorations and neivedyam i.e. after 6 pm and place
the decorated Krishna on a plank or peeta. Offer all the neivedyam recipes,
fruits, curd, milk and butter in front of the God. Light the lamp and do the
pooja and perform mangala aarthi. The next morning do the pooja with simple
neivedyam like dry grapes or candle (Kalkandu). Remove the idol at a good time.
Why and How We Should Celebrate Karthigai Deepam? The idea behind this festival is to keep away bad things from life and welcome the good and holy things of life that’s why it is called the festival of lamps. We use to light oil lamps all over the house in the evening and crackers, fires are burnt. Rows of Agal vilakkus (Clay Oil lamps) are lit in every house. Karthigai is essentially a festival of lamps. The lighted lamp is considered an auspicious symbol
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