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Janmashtami Recipes


Janmashtami festival is dedicatedto Lord Sri Krishna to commemorate his birth ceremony. This day falls on the eighth day (Ashtami of Krishna Paksh) of a lunar fortnight i.e. eighth day after the festival of Raksha Bandhan. This day corresponds to the August and September months on the Gregorian calendar. The celebration goes on for two days. The first day is Krishnashtami or Gokulashtami. The second day is called Kalashtami or more popularly Janmashtami. At midnight between the first and second day the birth of Lord Krishna is replicated with pomp and ceremony. The most popular ceremony of Dahi-handi (breaking a pot full of milk and its derivatives) takes place on the second day.

Lord Krishna is welcomed by offering umpteen varieties of scrumptious sweet dishes are prepared from milk and curds that Krishna loved. Most families keep a fast on this day, but onemeal is allowed. This is known as phalhar, which consists of fruits, mithai, curd, singhare ki puri. Generally the devotees prepare those food items which are considered to be the favorite ofLord Krishna. At the midnight all these scrumptious items are placed in front of Lord Krishna and this called as the ritual of ‘bhog’. Later all these scrumptious items are distributed amongst his devotees as ‘Prasada’. Scroll down if you want to explore more about the recipes prepared on the day of Janmashtami.


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