Gokulashtami / Krishna Jayanthi
Divine Celebrations: Embracing the Spirit of Krishna Jayanthi
Gokulashtami, also known as Sri Krishna Jayanthi, is a grand celebration that commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna, who took birth over 5000 years ago during the 28th year of the Dwapur Yug. This festival holds a special place not just in India, but across the globe, uniting Hindus in joyful reverence for their beloved Lord Krishna.
Observed on the 8th day following the Avani Avittam function, Gokulashtami (Sri Krishna Jayanthi) involves fasting from dawn, culminating in a sacred sunset pooja dedicated to Lord Krishna. Devotees offer a sumptuous spread of sweets and neivedhyams, including milk, curd, butter, Aval (poha), fruits, and an array of delectable sweets, with butter being a cherished favorite of Lord Krishna.
Krishna’s endearing childhood memory of indulging in stolen butter, often causing it to spill on the floor, is reenacted symbolically. Devotees create small footprints, leading from the house’s entrance to the pooja room, to honor this cherished moment in the life of Lord Krishna.
As the sun sets in the evening, devotees come together to perform a heartfelt pooja in honor of Lord Krishna. The offerings to the Lord include a delectable array of items such as butter, fruits, Vella Seedai, Coconut Seedai, Uppu Seedai, Appam, Thattai, Aval, and an assortment of other delicious delicacies. This sacred ritual is a testament to the deep devotion and love that people hold for Lord Krishna during the auspicious occasion of Gokulashtami
Gokulakshmi / Krishna Jayanthi Recipes: