Krishna Janmashtami is a very important event for all. One can do this pooja with simple pooja items from the pooja samgari shop online at a nominal cost. Here’s how to do the pooja at home.
Janmashtami is the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. The day is celebrated with much happiness. Puja on this occasion is conducted at home. Things are easier now with the availability of pooja samagri online which have eased the matter. The pooja normally involves three simple steps: Fasting, Conducting the pooja, and distribution of Prasad.
Fasting On Janmashtami:-
Fasting is normally done on Janmashtami by those who worship Lord Krishna as their family deity and by women. In this fasting, no grain should be consumed till the sunrise of the next day when Ashtami Tithi and Rohini Nakshatra conclude.
Rituals for the Puja:-
On Pooja Day, one should wake up early and cleanse oneself thoroughly. The mandir needs to be cleaned and different pooja items like lamps, bells, the seat of the idol all need to be cleaned and purified by the sprinkling of Ganga Jal. The pooja samagris need to be procured from a pooja samagri store beforehand and for that, a list needs to be prepared
This puja begins early morning when devotees give bath to the idol with the holy water of Ganga. The idol is then dressed up with new clothes which are generally in colors like red, orange and yellow colors. The dresses for this occasion are elaborate and often embellished with stones, sparkles, etc to give it a grand look. Generally, each family has jewelry made especially for BalGopal which are brought out on this occasion and God is adorned with the same. The house is also decorated well with decorations from puja decoration items online which makes things easier.
Krishna Pooja is normally performed by following Shodashopachar – sixteen rituals. Diyas or lamps are lighted all over the house, songs especially, for this occasion, are sung, the aarti is performed and the cradle is of the Bal Gopal is rocked amidst blowing of conches and ringing of bells. Some families also read out the 108 names of Lord Krishna. The fast is broken normally by having ‘Panchamrit’.
The Bhog for Lord Krishna is normally elaborate – ranging from sweets, kheer, milk items, laddoos, fruits, and specially prepared delicacies on this occasion.
Things Required for the Pooja:-
- The idol of Lord Krishna along with cradle and conch
- New clothes for Krishna along with ornaments and flute
- A Pooja Thali which contains a bell, lamp, rice, cardamom, betel nut, betel leaves, roll, a small container full of water, kumkum, incense sticks, flowers, and ghee.
- Book of Krishna Aarti
- Panchamrit consisting of milk, curd, gangajal, honey, and ghee.
The list of items can vary according to the pooja process to be observed but more or less, these are the items that are used. The real essence of Janmashtami lies in the distribution of Prasad among friends and well-wishers.