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Puja process for Janmashtami (Krishnashtami)

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Puja process for Janmashtami (Krishnashtami)

The festival of Janmashtami is observed with lot of joy and happiness all over India. Special poojas are performed both in homes as well as temples.

The general pooja process begins at midnight, the Lord's birth hour. Keeping the image or idol of Bal Gopal (Lord Krishna) on a metal plate, devotees give a bath or abhishek to Bal Gopal's idol with gangajal, ghee, milk, honey and curd. The idol is then adorned with new clothes (preferably in yellow colour), stone or other precious jewellery. He is also installed in the form of 'Lalji' (child form) in a swing.

Next, the idol of lord is offered bhog, the contents of bhog may vary. Fruits, kheer, pedha, milk, and milk products are made. There are devotees who offer chappan bhog(56 dishes) to Bal Gopal.

Thereafter, the cradle containing the divine infant's idol is rocked, conch is blown and light a diya. Devotees sing Krishna arti, Janmashtami arti is performed every year to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. Krishna arti is performed in every house as well as temple during the festival. Some people read out 108 names of lord Krishna. They get totally immersed in the name and praise of Gopal.

There are certain special process required for Krishnashtami Puja

  • Lord Krishna's idol with cradle and conch
  • New clothes (preferably in yellow colour), flute and ornaments for Lord Krishna
  • Puja thali (A metal plate containing the ingredients necessary for puja)
    • A bell (Ghanta)
    • Diya
    • Rice
    • Elaichi (Cardamon)
    • Supari
    • Paan leaves
    • Roli
    • Gangajal
    • Sindoor
    • Incense sticks
    • Flowers
    • Ghee
  • For Panchamrit
    • Milk
    • Curd
    • Gangajal
    • Honey
    • Ghee

Janmashtami (Krishnashtami) 2022 dates
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1Janmashtami (Krishnashtami)19 August 2022 (Friday)
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