Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Renew, Rejoice and Rejuvenate, on Krishna's Birthday - Aug 24

Krishna is an epitome of perfection. He symbolizes selfless love, dharma, friendship and kindness. Ever playful, he shines like a sparkling diamond, inducing hope amongst human beings. His birthday is a special day and is celebrated with fervour and gaiety all over India. This is also one special festival which is very popular among children.
The birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated as Janmashtami. In South India, it is celebrated as Krishnashtami or Krishna Jayanthi. Lord Krishna is the 9th incarnation of Lord Vishnu and was born during the Dwaapara Yuga (the iron age) that is 5000 years ago. During that time, the world was ruled by evil forces or adharma. Hence the divine incarnation had to take place in order to bring in righteousness in the world.
Lord Krishna was born on the 8th day (Ashtami) of the waning Moon in the Shravana month when the ruling star (nakshatra) of the day was Rohini. Lord Krishna's arrival signifies the elimination of demonic evil forces like angst and anxieties, apprehensions, fear, doubts within us. When the devotee sincerely prays to krishna, the divine appears in you and removes all the darkness and rays of everlasting hope flows in and divine renewal takes over.
During the Janmashtami day people undergo fasting and offer prayers to Lord Krishna during the evening and then break their fast. This fasting is done to terminate or control the activity of the senses and in turn this helps in the manifestation of the God as one's mind is constantly in the divine's thought.
Children are dear to Lord Krishna. Any help to children on this special day will help you to gain his blessings immensely. In particular, donating clothes to poor and needy children will get you the blessings of Krishna.
Pal Payasa Neivedhiyam - Offering of Milk Porridge to the Lord as prasad. This offering is done for all the incarnations of Lord Vishnu in order to make more money, attain a royal status and overcome the attacks of the demons)
Thirumudi Mala - This offering is done in order to regain the lost status and wealth and for Kariya Siddhi.
Vennai Neivedhiyam Vennai (butter) - is the most favorite dish of Lord Krishna. This offering is done in order to gain the divine blessings of the Lord.
Pattu Charthal - A yellow silk cloth is offered to Lord Krishna. This remedy gives great protection in all walks of life including safe guarding finances, wealth, health, reputation etc.

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