Janmashtami Pooja

 

Janmashtami pooja is the one of the most well known pooja of India. The whole nation celebrates the divine birth of Lord Krishna on this day. All of us wish 'Shubh Janmashtami' to each other and happy birthday to Bal Gopal or child Krishna. The day, indeed, commemorates the auspicious birth of 'Murlimanohar' (name of Lord Krishna as he loved to play flute) on the earth in order to destroy evil things. According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna was born at midnight. Hence, the birth ceremony is also celebrated with great zest and enthusiasm at midnight.

Besides other Indian festivals, one of the most divine and pious is Janmashtami pooja. It is celebrated with lots of traditions and customs of the Hindu society. Besides, there are sweets, delectable cuisine, feasting and family gathering. The procession of 'jhankis' is the main attraction of the day. People perform grand janmashtami pooja with different janmashtami pooja items. They do janmashtami arti and sing varied janmashtami bhajans. There are many people who observe fast on this day and eat at midnight only after the janmashtami pooja is over.

Decorations

Janmashtami is the divine day, especially devoted to the worshipping of Lord Krishna. It is the perfect time to give a decorative and festive makeover to your 'pooja ghar', kitchen, drawing and other rooms of the house. The center of attraction of the day is the puja ghar. It should be brightly decorated to welcome Lord Krishna and fill your house with His blessings. Check out different Janmashtami pooja decorations ideas here at 123janmashtami.com: 

  • You can decorate the house with different decorative items available in the market. There are innumerable item that you can purchase and decorate the house. 
  • Besides, different luminaries and blinking lights are also used to decorate the house and the worship room. 
  • Different kinds of toys are assembled and decorated in the room. It is believed that the newborn child will play with these toys 
  • Among the other decorations, one must not forget the cradle of the Lord. Even the cradle of the newborn should also be decked up. You can extensively make use of flowers, diyas and candles for decorating your house. 
  • You can also use different sculptures and idols of Shri Krishna. There are the most appealing decorative pieces where Krishna is playing flute or He is with beloved Radha. The Janmashtami puja can be performed with these idols and hence, can be placed in the puja room 
  • There are colorful Krishna wall hangings that be purchased also. These are the most popular Janmashtami pooja decoration item. For the festive look, you can also decorate embroidered cloth panels depicting Bal Gopal and his life. 
  • Varied door hangings with pictures of Lord Krishna look unique Janmashtami pooja decorations. 
  • There are banners too with 'Shubh Janmashtami' written on it. You can make use of them too for Krishna Janmashtami. 
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    Pooja Items

    Here at 123janmashtami.com, is a list of certain special items required for Krishnashtami pooja
  • New clothes, flute and ornaments for Lord Krishna
  • Pooja thali
  • Bell,
  • Diya, Rice, Elaichi or cardamom,
  • Supari and paan leaves,
  • Mauli thread
  • Sacred water,
  • Sindoor for 'tika'
  • Incense sticks,
  • Flowers
  • Ghee.
  • For 'Panchamrit' -milk, curd, gangajal, honey and ghee.
  • Arti book containing shri Krishna's arti.
  • Janmashtami Mithai 

    If you wish to perform puja in a Bal Gopal's temple, then you should bring: 
  • Milk,
  • Buttermilk,
  • Sweets
  • Juices,
  • Saffron,
  • Rose water,
  • New Clothes or Vasthras (Dhoti/Sarees),
  • Ganga Jal (water from sacred River Ganga),
  • Fruits,
  • Coconuts,
  • Betel leaves and betel nuts,
  • Flowers,
  • Camphor,
  • Agarbathi or incence sticks vGarland (if possible),
  • Some 'prasada' for 'naivedya'. 

    Generally, these pooja items are needed for performing pooja. However, the list of items may vary according to pooja process performed by different people.


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    Puja

    The puja begins early in the morning when the devotees give a bath to the Krishna idol with sacred Ganga jal (water collected from River Ganga).
  • The idol is then adorned with new clothes generally in red, yellow and orange colors. These clothes are decked with stone or other precious jewelry. Jewelry is also put on the idol. 
  • Then, the idol is offered different food items or 'bhog'. It can vary from milk and milk products, fruit, kheer, pedha. 
  • After this the special Krishna puja is performed. Diyas are lighted and the house is illuminated. Devotees sing aarti and bells are rung. Some devotees read out the 108 names of the Lord. 
  • The cradle of the Bal Gopal (child God) is rocked and conches are blown. 
  • Once the entire puja is over, the devotees break their fast by having 'panchamrit'.

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