Sri Krishna Janmashtami/Gokulashtami Festival( ಗೋಕುಲಾಷ್ಟಮಿ/ ಜನ್ಮಾಷ್ಟಮಿ ಆಚರಣೆ ವಿವರ)

|| Om Namo Bhagavathe Vaasudevaaya||

Shree Krishna Janmashtami/Krishnaashtami/ Gokulashtami is celebrated in Shraavana maasa to mark the celebration of birth of Lord Shree Krishna , who is one of the prominent avataras of Lord Vishnu. He was born as 8th son to Vasudeva and Devaki, who was later taken care by Yashoda.. Janmaashtami comes on Ashtami tithi of Krishna Paksha, the second half of Shraavana maasa.


“Vasudeva sutham devam kamsa chaanoora mardhanam
Devaki paramaanandam Krishnam vande jagathgurum”..

-meaning Lord Krishna, who is the son of Vasudeva, and the one who killed his demon uncle Kamsa and one who brought happiness to his mother Devaki , is the one and only Guru or teacher to the whole world and the protector God…


We celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna by performing Shodashopachaara Pooja  to the Lord, adorning flower and cotton garlands to the photos, offering neivedya..

Krishna paada rangolis are drawn beginning from the entrance of the house..

Puja materials list is here


Usually Lord Krishna is regarded as infant or Baala-krishna and hence varieties of delicacies are prepared like Rave Unde , Coconut burfi/any other burfi, Sajjige, Chakkuli, Kodubale , Paanaka, Tengolalu, Shankara Poli(Sweet and Spicy types), Nippattu, Benne Murukku, Gulpavate, Laddus,  kosambari , Gojjavalakki, Sihi Avalakki, Avalakki Uppittu/Upma (without Onions) , Vegetable Uppittu (without Onions), even Sabbakki Uppittu , Mosaru Avalakki , Avalakki bhathKesaribhath .. Usual delicacies for festival are mostly the kind of savouries kids at home would like to munch , now and then…

In the evening time, Betel leaves, nuts , Blouse piece, Fruit ,Flower, Dakshine, Coconut(Baagina) is given to the ladies…

My Iyengar community friends’ homes ‘ celebrate this particular festival in a very grand manner.. Some people also have a custom to give Arghya(Krishna and Chandra Arghaya pradaana) to Lord Krishna… 

Devotional songs lyrics related to Lord Krishna are :-

Jagadoddharana lyrics 

Aacharavillada naalige lyrics

Nara Janma bandaaga lyrics

Toredu Jeevisabahude lyrics

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