How To Celebrate Janmashtami At Home: Shri Krishna Janmashtami is a Hindu Festival celebrated every once a year. As per Hindu Mythology, it is believed that Vishnu’s 8th Avatar was born somewhere around August or September. To remember the birth of Shri Krishna, we celebrate Janmashtami as his birth anniversary. In the Hindu Calendar, It mainly falls somewhere in August or September each year. Despite being a Hindu festival it is celebrated in different-different parts of the world. Janmashtami can easily be celebrated at home or at the temple doing fasting for the day, chanting Krishna verses, or bathing and decorating a sculpture of baby Shri Krishna.
Interesting Ways to celebrate Janmashtami at Home
Commence Fasting from Morning
Every devotee starts their day by fasting, In India, fasting is one of the most effective and joyful methods of celebrating Janmashtami at home. To start the day off, Fasting usually begins at dawn and the only rule is to avoid eating meals until midnight.
- Children below seven years of age or infirm people are not required to take part in Fasting. They can show their love & devotion by doing other stuff like preparing to dance to Shri Krishna songs, or by singing prayers. In Hindu rituals, many are allowed to consume water, milk-made items, and fruits while performing the Fast. But intake of items like meat, grains, pulses, & liquors is strictly not allowed on religious days like Janmashtami.
Join Temple prayers and show interest in doing chorus for Devotional Songs
Janmashtami celebration is bland without prayers and songs about giving tribute to Lord Krishna. And devotional songs are played in many temples in the early morning throughout the day. If you don’t know any song then also you can repeat the Krishna chant in your heart repeatedly.
- A chant is majorly repeated by Eskon members which goes like this: Hare Ram. Hare Ram. Ram Ram Hare Hare. Hare Krishna. Hare Krishna. Krishna Krishna Hare Hare.
- Showing contribution in group activities in Temples will also bring out peace to your mind & body. It is very important to do these things to celebrate Krishna Janmashtami.
Read Holy Books or Watch Religious Series Based on Janmashtami
It brings immense joy and power to devotees when read about Shri Krishna or watches episodes or movies on TV about his life. In fact, on Janmashtami, many religious places arrange book haul and telecast movies on Krishna’s life.
- Clergies read verses from the scriptures that are acted out in Bhagavata Gita and Bhagavata Purana to celebrate Janmashtami.
Use Flowers Garlands & Leaves to Decorate Your Home
To do this you need to take some help from your cousins, family, or friends. So you can invite some of your friends to your home to celebrate Janmashtami. Together you can decorate your house accordingly to welcome Shree Krishna at midnight.
- Use colorful flowers around your walls and don’t forget to use a bouquet near the sculpture of Krishna. You can also use decorative lights and diyas to give a more authentic and religious look.
- Garlands made out of flowers, green leaves, and colorful balloons are some common props that everyone uses to decorate their home on Janmashtami.
Pro Tips on How to Celebrate Krishna Janmashtami at Home
Dress Up Your Kid as Baby Krishna
In many parts of India, many parents dress up their children as Lord Krishna and give visits to neighbors or relatives to celebrate Janmashtami. They also go to temples and where many other devotees come to see these dressed-up kids. People also click pictures with them.
- Saffron color is considered to be the color of Shree Krishna, So parents use saffron or yellow dhoti to give their kids the Krishna look.
- Also, other accessories can also be used as attire like a crown, peacock feather attached to the crown, a flute, Armlet, Waistband, and some pieces of jewelry.
Prepare Krishan’s Favorite Food
Breaking fast in the night is a part of the ritual. Food is to be prepared for that. Traditional food that Krishna used to eat when he was alive is getting prepared and is eaten by every member of the family. Preparing traditional food items is an inherent part of celebrating Janmashtami.
Food Preparation Ideas: Roasted Makhana, Fruit Chaat, Kootoo ke Aata ki Roti, Aalo Chaat, Sabudana kheer, Dahi Aloo, Samvat rice khichdi. These all are preferred as the best food option during fasting.
Abhisheka Ceremony of Shree Krishna
Abhisheka is a Sanskrit word that means bathing of a holy idol who is to be worshipped. Krishna’s deity is washed properly and is dressed up with a new cloth. Rosewater is used to give bathe Krishna and then they established in the place where people do worship him.
- In place of rosewater, people also use fragrant water or a mixture of milk & honey to give a bathe to Krishna Deity.
- The ceremony of cleaning & giving bathe to Krishna is called Abhisheka.
- People use colorful clothes of different materials to dress him up.
Worship Ceremony at Night
After performing all these different-different activities and rituals finally comes the time of welcoming Shree Krishna home. This includes performing prayers and worshiping Lord Krishna and singing verses to make him happy and shower his blessing on the family. Incense sticks are lightened up to give a peaceful environment and Shankha is blown. The sound of Shankha gives immense peace and mental satisfaction to the soul and body.
- However, these things are not necessarily needed to perform the ceremony. What ultimately matters is how heartily you worship and what you can offer to Shree Krishan out of devotion, love & affection.
Some cities host parades and processions in the afternoon and in many places Matki competitions are arranged to celebrate Janmashtami. Bollywood Movies also have made so many Krishna entries depicted through songs. We want to know how you are going to celebrate Krishna Janmashtami at home. Do let us know in the comment section which ways you used. If you like the article, show your love & support by sharing this post with your friends, family, & relatives on social media sites.