The Janmashtami, one of the most popular festivals of the Hindus is observed on the 8th day of the Krishna Paksha that falls on the Hindu month of Bhadrapada.This festival is all about celebrating the birthday of Lord Krishna.
A primary ritual of the Janmashtami is the fast observed by the devotees of Lord Krishna.
The different types of fast observed by Hindus on the Janmashtami are mentioned below.
Under the Nirjal Fast or Upavasa on Janmashtami, one stays without food and water all throughout the day. People believe that if they observe a fast and sacrifice food and water on this auspicious occasion, they would get closer to god. They also believe that observing a fast is the only thing they can offer to the almighty to have their desires fulfilled.
Janmashtami fast is believed to help the devotees of Lord Krishna get rid of helplessness. The devotees break the fast at midnight when the aarti is performed and a special offering of food is made to Lord Krishna.
The devotees who fail to observe the Nirjal Fast conduct the Phalahar Vrat. This kind of fasting is not as strict as the Nirjal Fast. As such, the devotees can have milk and fruits. However, they are usually not allowed to have cereals and salt on the day of Janmashtami.
Whether the devotees keep a Nirjal Fast or Phalahar Vrat, they usually indulge in singing devotional songs and chanting the mantra – ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’. Some of them also read out chapters from the Srimad Bhagavad Purana during the fast.
The devotees of Lord Krishna offer special sweets like pedha and kalakand to the god on the occasion of Janmashtami.
In addition, they offer sweet dishes like shrikhand and til ki kheer (or sesame pudding) to the deity.
Since the Lord was fond of milk and butter products, hence sweet dishes are mostly offered to him on this occasion. The devotees would only consume the dishes after they’ve offered it to the deity.
Check out the recipes for some of the popular dishes prepared on the Janmashtami.
This is one of the most popular Janmashtami fast dishes that you may offer to the deity. The total time required to prepare this dish is around 15 minutes. The ingredients and instructions for this recipe are given below.
The ingredients and instructions to cook this sweet dish are given below.
If you’d like to prepare pedha during the Janmashtami fast, here’s how you should go for it.Ingredients:
Your pedhas are ready to be offered to the deity!
These are some of the recipes prepared by devotees while they are on a fast on the day of Janmashtami. Aside from these dishes, some people may have curd and even vegetables during the daytime. That’s because these devotees often refrain from keeping a Nirjal Fast due to health reasons and other unavoidable issues.
However, staunch devotees still believe that the fast can help them get connected to the almighty. Hence, they prefer keeping the Janmashtami fast with great dedication and devotion toward Lord Krishna.