Janmashtami: Gifts, Celebration & Other Interesting Stories
The Festival of Janmashtami is one of the most celebrated festivals in India, and many people across the world are interested in celebrating it as well. Find out what you need to do to make your Janmashtami celebration a success!
What is Janmashtami?
Janmashtami is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna. It falls on the 8th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Shravan (July/August). Janmashtami is also known as Gokulashtami, Lord Krishnasthami, and Srikrishna Jayanti.
The festival is observed by fasting, singing devotional songs, performing devotional dances, feasting, and exchanging gifts. The most important part of the festival is the Dahi-handi ceremony, in which people form a human pyramid to reach a pot of butter hung high up and break it. This symbolizes Lord Krishna's childhood prank of stealing butter from his home. This ceremony is a core memory of so many children who take part in their societal celebrations and the one child who climbs to the top and breaks the butter pot is joyous with the achievement!
How to Celebrate Janmashtami?
If you want to celebrate Janmashtami, here are a few things you can do. First, you can fast on the day of the festival. This is considered a sacred act that will please Lord Krishna. After a full day of not eating or drinking (not even water), you can eat ‘prasad’ or specially made offerings in the evening to break the fast. The prasad consists of ‘halwa’ (a traditional sweet pudding), coconut, fruits, etc.
This brings us to feasting! You can prepare special foods such as Gopalkala, Makhaane Ki Kheer, Shrikhand, Sabudana Khichdi, Singhade Ki Poori, Vella Aval, and so many more and feast along with your loved ones because festivals are all about togetherness and memories.
You can pray to Lord Krishna and read religious texts such as the Bhagavad Gita. Offerings of fruit and flowers are also made to Lord Krishna.
Finally, people give gifts to loved ones as a sign of affection and respect. People also exchange gifts with their loved ones to celebrate Lord Krishna’s birth. Gifts can range from simple things like flowers or sweets to more elaborate items like clothes, jewelry, and home décor items. Whatever you choose to give, make sure it is something that will bring happiness to the recipient.
Cultural Observances on Janmashtami.
The festival commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna, one of the most popular deities in Hinduism. Lord Krishna is said to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and was born to end the reign of terror unleashed by the demon king Kansa. Janmashtami is thus also seen as a victory of good over evil.
Temples across India are decorated with lights and flowers, and special puja (prayer) ceremonies are performed to mark the occasion. Every area – small and big celebrates in its way by bringing people from nearby areas together.
In Mathura and Vrindavan, two cities closely associated with Lord Krishna's childhood, Janmashtami is especially grand. Thousands of pilgrims flock to these cities to take part in the festivities.
What are some gifts that you can send to your loved ones during this festival?
One of the most popular gifts during Janmashtami is the Embossed Art of Lord Krishna that can be hung on any wall. It is meticulously crafted and looks truly majestic because of the detailed texture.
A classic gift that depicts the famous Krishnaleela of when a group of gopis got together in different acrobatic postures forming the shape of an elephant for Lord Krishna and Radha to ride on them is this Premium Elephant Statue.
You can also gift this Signature Edition of the Bhagwat Gita that includes an antique-styled gift box, a wooden stand, wooden cover, metal bookmark, and the most appealing part – name personalization. You can get the name of the recipient printed on it so that it becomes a gift closest to their heart!
A Pocket Edition of the Bhagwat Gita is another beautiful gift that you can give to your loved ones. It includes a high-quality cloth cover, a wooden gift box, and a metal engraved bookmark. This pocket edition Bhagwat Gita can also be customized with the recipient’s name.
With such amazing gift options, Wrapping Happiness wishes you, your friends, and your family a very auspicious and happy Janmashtami!
Source: Wrapping Happiness