Saturday, 16 August 2014

Celebrating The Birth Of Lord Krishna

Lord Krishna a Hindu God for all seasons, was a precocious mischief maker, a slayer of monstrous demons, a challenger of ancient Gods, a victor over the force of evil and a passionate lover to inspire souls. His devotees regard him as an incarnation of Vishnu the God who protects us from destruction and sustains peace. The birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated with different beliefs and  different names all over India at this time of the year. In Tamil Nadu (South India) it is celebrated as 'Gokulashtami'. Here the floors of the homes are decorated with foot prints made from rice flour to symbolise Baby Krishna's child hood sport of stealing butter from the neighbourhood homes.

In the state of Maharashtra the Lords birth is celebrated as 'Janmaastami'. The celebration is marked with events like 'Dahi Handi' which is played on the streets by young men who form a human pyramid and the top most person breaks a earthen pot tied high, filled with curd or butter milk. This recreates the playful mischievous side of Krishna in his younger days.

During the day people fast and stay awake till mid night and sing devotional songs the time when Baby Krishna is believed to have been born. The day also sees babies, young girls and boys dresses up like baby Krishna and gifts are given to them.

Throughout Krishna's life, that is, right from his birth, he faced all kinds of threats and difficulties from various quarters. However he  always lived a colourful life with a smile and with great love for humanity which includes animal kingdom as well.He is also found inseparable with the music instrument Flute and the  music he played from his flute has not only brought human beings but also animals and birds close to him.Krishna a mature hero who spoke the great lessons of the 'Bhagavad Gita'.

The moral that we learn from the life of Krishna is to be in love with all the creatures in the world, despite all the difficulties that you face in your personal life. 

A decorative bronze statue of Lord Krishna during the celebrations.

Foot print made out of rice flour


Radha (above) has been inextricably associated with Lord Krishna. Radha's love for the irresistibly handsome Krishna was widely a spoken subject through history.

Radha says to Krishna on a moon lit night: I have been constructed by someone, out of half of your body. Therefore there is no difference between us, and my heart is in you. Just as my self, heart and life has been placed in you, So has your self, heart and life been placed in mine..... 

Story of Lord Krishna:

According to the legend, Lord Krishna was born to Devaki and Vasudeva in a prison house where the King Kansa, who was afraid of the infant, because it was foretold that the infant would be his future destroyer, confined his parents.

Later Krishna was carried to the house of a cowherd chief, Nanda. There he grew up with cowherds with whom he was very friendly. He came to be regarded as God incarnate, as the result of number of miracles which he performed.

Krishna's early life tells of foster mother Yashoda's, wife of cowherd chief Nanda, love for him. It tells of his cowherd friends, and the love of the cowherd girls for him.

In the final attempt to destroy Krishna, King Kansa invites Krishna to a festival of games, where he tries to kill Krishna with a savage elephant. Lord Krishna kills the elephant and the King Kansa. The Gods above express their joy at the evil rulers defeat by showering petals down from heaven to Lord Krishna. 

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  1. How beautiful! I love Krishna and I meditate and believe in reincarnation. My husband's family was very into this philosophy which was taught b to them by a no less Catholic priest, lol! When I came from NYC they brought me to the ashram they had here in Cuenca, a very beautiful and serene place, and the priest taught me so much esoterically speaking and lots of other members about meditation, Paramahansa Yogananda y so many other masters. I totally believe in this, specially because he also believed Jesus was a master and used to meditate in his time too. Anyway, it's a very long story. Thanks dear Sujatha for the beautiful story of Krishna.

  2. I don't know why I made such mistakes in the writing, lol...sorry Sujatha and it's cause I'm watching on tv the life of the now King of Spain who married a commoner!

  3. I like the morals being taught by Krishna. Thanks for the education, Sujatha. Thank you also for your visit and thinking of Rea. I am happy to say that she is doing well and surgery has been successful. She has fully recovered from it....Christine

  4. such an interesting story, sujatha:) thanks so much for sharing with us!

  5. very interesting story
    different cultures belief are so interesting to hear
    Thanks for sharing