Janmashtami & My memories!

With the bass of drums and melodious tunes of baansuri, Janmashtami festival kicked off today. Krishna Janmashtami marks the birth of Lord Krishna and celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm by the Hindu families. According to a legendary tale, as we used to listen in our childhoods, Lord Krishna is presumed to have made his pleasing appearance at midnight in the 28th year of Dwapar Yuga and that day is celebrated as Janmashtami.

 I have been grown up seeing my Grand mother celebrating this day with full of enthusiasm and sheer happiness. We have ‘Bal gopal ji ki seva‘ in our house thus my grand mother used to celebrate this day like we celebrate birthdays of our family members. Today I am missing her and I am missing those days when I used to go in our garden with her to pluck flowers and leaves for decorating the ‘bal gopal jee ka jhoola’ and after celebrating at home, a mandatory visit to govind dev ji ka temple was the most special part of the day.

Actually the temple is located in ‘the City Palace complex’ and it is said that Idols of Lord Krishna and Radha were brought from Vrindavan by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur.  For last two weeks, thousands of Krishna devotees were gathering everyday to celebrate this festival and most importantly to enjoy poetry recitals, devotional songs, instrumental music and dances in both folk and classical formats. I remember how I used to go in hugely crowded temple, holding my Grand mother’s hand tightly, I still remember that feel.

..And you know what makes this festival more special!!  The Food! Yes.. We cook mouthwatering delectables like ‘maakhan-mishri ka prasad‘, ‘Besan ke laddoos‘ loaded with ghee, ‘Dhaniya ki panjiri‘, Malpuye, fruit raita, Jau ki Puri, ‘Dana Methi ki chutney’ and many more items to eat after whole day’s fasting.

 I know most of my readers are fasting today, thus I wont torture them by sharing yummy food recipes, But I shall share the recipe of ‘Jau ki puri and Dana Methi ki Chutney‘ soon in my upcoming blogs.. So Stay Tuned and Yes.. Happy KrishnaJanmashtami !!

Love

Sonali Agarwal

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