A very happy Krishna Janmastmi to all my readers !!
‘ Janmastami ‘ or ‘ Krishna Jayanti ‘ is one of the most popular Festivals celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion throughout the country. This is the birthday of Lord Krishna, considered as the most powerful human incarnation of Lord.
Lord Krishna is the most glorious incarnations of Lord Vishnu, who was born into this world to help people get rid of evil demons. The celebrations are held for two days ,one is Krishnastami a.k.a Gokulastami and the second day is known as Janmastami .
According to the Hindu calendar this religious festival is celebrated on ‘Ashtami’ or the eighth day of Krishna Paksh or dark fortnight on the month of Shravan (August).In simple word Janmastmi is celebrated after 8 days of Raksha Bnadhan. As the story goes he was born in the dark half of the month and at the darkest hour of midnight. Lord Krishna devotees observe fast throughout the day and night and offer prayers in their own unique way.
Celebrations are held on a grand scale in all Krishna temples all over India, especially the ones in Vrindavan, Mathura (lord krishna’s birth place). Celebrations are also held in many individual houses . The atmosphere is filled with joy and exultation as everyone rejoices the birth of Vishnu’s incarnation who has been born to give security to the suffering humanity. Many Sweets are made during this festival and temples are decorated with colourful lights and flowers witness an extravagant and colorful celebration on this occasion.
While first day is for worship Lord Krishna ,second is celebrated as Nand Mahostav ,. Which is celebrated in praise and gratitude to Nand, the ruler of the cowherds of Nandgaon where Krishna grew up and lived in his childhood.
Janmastmi fasts are of two types one is Nirjal Fast and another one is Phalahar Fast. In Former one, people observe fast without taking a drop of water where the later is lenient, which allows devotee to consume milk, juices and savteek foods. On the occasion of Janmastmi only certain kind of flour and grains can be consumed like kuttu ka ata (water chestnut flour), singhare ka ata (buckwheat flour),arrowroot flour and amaranth flour, where in Odisha and Bengol there is no such restriction. Nowadays people follow their own way to observe fast. In Odisha, people observe Nirjala fast , however having whole wheat flour is quite ok.
Today I am sharing Louki ki kheer recipe. Louki is also known as dudhi a.k.a Bottle gourd. This is one of the tastiest and easiest kheer recipe which can be made during any occasion including Navratri. This is the first time I am making Louki ki kheer and my daughter, who doesn’t like any milk product and Ghee, loved to have it from my photo shoot itself. I couldn’t stop myself by posting a picture of her. And here are few more recipes which can be made during this auspicious occasion .