Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Krishna Janmastami celebration in Mathura

Shri Krishna Janmastami  is the most important festival celebrated in Mathura Vrindavan ( Brij Mandal ). On this day ( On astami of Sharavan Shukla Paksha as per hindu calendar ) Lord Krishna was born in the prison of King Kansha at Mathura { Currently known as Garbhgrah ( Sanctum Sanatorium ) of Shri Krishna Janmabhumi Temple Complex } at midnight.

Krishna Devotees keep a day-long fast and break it at midnight after the birth time of lord Krishna. All through the day devotees remain immersed in the chanting of Shlokas and name of the Lord Krishna & Radha  . Various musical programs & Kirtans are held during the day in Mathura Vrindavan.

Birthday Celebration of Krishna at Janmabhoomi, Mathura
Rasleelas ( A drama enacted on the life events of Lord Krishna & Radha ) are performed in Mathura & Vrindavan on this day by professional Rasleela Team in the glory of Krishna. Various kind of Jhanki (life event of Krishna ) are put up on display in many temples for  the devotees.

Children buy toys for Krishna and put the toys, sweets & fruits near the idol of Krishna,so when Krishna is born in the night he can have the toys & sweets for himself. Almost every house of Mathura vrindavan, corner  or templeroom where lord Krishna is placed is decorated beautifully. Childrens in Braj remains very excited for this day.

In Banke Bihari Temple Vrindavan,  Mangla aarti is performed after midnight . It is worthwhile to remember that the mangla aarti (early morning aarti) is not performed in this temple on regular basis. This is only on Janmashtami day, once in a year, that Bihariji is awake at this unearthly hour and mangla aarti is performed. After the mangla aarti, 56 bhog is offered in the morning.

In Krishna Janmabhumi Temple Complex, The Birth of Lord Krishna at midnight is followed by performance of pooja and other ceremonies. The idol of Lord Krishna is bathed with milk and curd and then rocked in the cradle. A popular belief of the inhabitants is that any wish made while rocking the cradle is fulfilled on this day. The entire temple complex echoes with the sound of the conch (shankh) and ringing of bells. Devotees pray and welcome the lord with slogans of 'Jai Shri Krishna'. After the prayers have been performed, Panchamrit, a mixture of honey, gangajal, curd, ghee is distributed. Lord is offered Chhapan Bhog (Fifty six dishes). Devotees break their fast with panchamrit.

Shri Krishna Janmastami is celebrated in entire Mathura-Vrindavan Temples with great fervor. Pilgrims usually spend their day in Vrindavan Temples and in the evening come to Krishna Janmabhumi to celebrated Janmastami festival. 

Shri Krishna Janmabhumi is the place which attracts huge crowd of devotees from all over the world. Entry of two wheelers & four wheelers is stopped within radius of 2 km of temple. Elaborate security arrangements are made by City Administration on this day. Live telecast of Janmastami Celebration in Janmabhumi is shown on National Television on this day.

Krishna Janmastami will be celebrated on the midnight of  August 17-18, 2014


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