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1. Importance of the tithi of Sreekrushnajanmashtamee
Bhagwan Sreekrushna is
Absolute Incarnation (Purnavatar). He was born in 3185 B.C. on the
midnight of Shravan Krushna
Ashtamee, under Rohinee Nakshatra (constellation).
As per the Vikram samvat this tithi falls
on Bhadrapad Krushna Ashtamee.
Hence Sreekrushnajanmashtamee is
celebrated on this tithi in
North Bharat. On this day, the principle is active a thousand times more than
on other days.
Spiritual experience of getting the vision of the vast form of
Sreekrushna in the sky through colours, on the day of Sreekrushnajanmashtamee: On
the morning of Janmashtami,
the first thought in my mind was ‘Today is Sreekrushna’s birth day’.
Thereafter, I saw blue and pink colour resembling the colour of Sreekrushna
and Hisupavastra respectively
in the sky. At that time, I felt as if I had the vision of His vast form. -
Mr. Dewang Gadoya, Canada
Spirituality is a science of experience. Sreekrushna principle is more active
on the tithi ofSreekrushnajanmashtamee,
is confirmed through Mr. Gadoya's spiritual experience.
2. The method of celebrating Sreekrushnajanmashtamee
celebrated all over the world with much zeal. This is a religious festival, vrat and
a celebration too.
Festival of Sreekrushnajanmashtamee
This religious festival is specially celebrated at Gokul, Mathura, Vrundavan,
Dwaraka and Puri. In Vrundavan dolotsavis
celebrated. In various other regions this religious festival is celebrated in
the temples of Sreekrushnajee. Some people celebrate at home by making a model
of Gokul Vrundavan. In the Vaishnav temples,
religious programmes like worshipping the lamp, processions, krushnaleela,
reciting the Bhagawat, keertan, bhajan,
singing and dancing are observed from Shravan
Krushna Pratipada to Shravan
This vrat is
observed on Shravan Krushna
Ashtamee and concluded on Shravan
Krushna Navamee with parana.
The fruits of this vrat are
obliteration of the sins, enhancement in the happiness, children, wealth and
Sreekrushnajanmashtamee vrat resolve
(sankalp): On the
morning of Shravan Krushna
Ashtamee after completing the
ablutions in the morning the vrat resolve
(sankalp) is made by sitting facing East or North and taking water,
flower and sandalwood paste in hand.
Meaning: I observe
this Sreekrushnajanmashtamee vrat for
the obliteration of all my sins and so that everything becomes auspicious.
This way reciting the sankalp,
the things taken in the hand are placed in the copper platter.
The fast of Sreekrushnajanmashtamee: On
this day, a complete fast is observed. If observing a fast without consuming
food (Nirahar) is not possible then one can observe the fast by
having fruits (Falahar).
Ritualistic worship of Bhagwan Sreekrushna
Bhagwan Sreekrushna was
born at midnight. That is why, special ritualistic worship is done by bathing
at midnight on Sreekrushnajanmashtamee.
The preparation for ritualistic worship: Picture
of Bhagwan Sreekrushna
is placed on a short wooden stool.
The items required for ritualistic worship: Metal
pot (Kalash), copper platter, small glass (fulpatra) and
spoon, lamp, vick, oil, lamp with a stand, incense stick, camphor, karpurarti,
small wooden stool, basil leaf (tulsi), flower, a garland of tulsi
for the image of Sreekrushna if available, sandalwood, turmeric powder,
vermillion, bell, lamp for arti, the platter used for regular worship,
coconut, puffed rice as offering, curd, fruits like bananas if possible etc. A
rangoli design of Sreekrushna principle is drawn around the short wooden stool
Actual ritual of worship:
1. A sip of water is taken (achaman).
2. Then some water is dropped in the copper platter saying "I perform this
worship for the obliteration of all the sins", and a resolve is made.
3. Now, one meditates on Bhagwan Sreekrushna.
4. Turmeric and vermillion are applied on the picture of Sreekrushnajee. For
this offering thumb and the index finger are used. Sandalwood scent is
offered to Sreekrushna
5. The Krushnakamal is
elliptically offered in the multiples of three and basil leaf with its stem
towards to Sreekrushnajee.
6. Two lighted incense sticks are waved thrice in clockwise direction.
7. Lamp is waved.
8. Naivedya is
9. Betelnut and money (dakshina) are offered.
10. Arti of
Sreekrushnajee is performed. If possible, after ritualistic worship, minimum
three or in multiples of three parikramas of Bhagwan Sreekrushna
11. Prayer is offered after paying obeisance with the spiritual emotion of
12. At the end prasad partaken
The important point to note is that the ritual of worship may differ to some
extent as per sect, region and tradition.
Spiritual experiences during ritualistic worship
Getting the vision of a huge figure of Sreekrushnajee and getting the
answer that He is a form of Sreevishnu: On
15th August 2006, Sreekrushnajanmashtamee was
celebrated in the hermitage of Sanatan Sanstha at 12 o’ clock midnight. At
11.45 p.m. when the ritualistic worship of the picture of Sreekrushna started,
I saw the huge body of Sreekrushna from neck to chest at the place of worship.
The colour of His body was bluish. I felt, “Sreekrushna is yet to be born then
how is He so huge?” At that time the answer came from within, that this form
is not of Sreekrushna, but of Sreevishnujee, He will now be born in the form
of a baby as Sreekrushna. - Mr. Abhijit Naik, Sanatan hermitage, Ramnathi, Goa
The associated deity principle reaches the place of worship where the deity is
worshipped as per spiritual science.
Experiencing bliss and coolness around the body: On
26th August 2005,
throughout the ritualistic worship onSreekrushnajanmashtamee, I was
experiencing lightness in my body. I felt immense bliss and was experiencing
coolness around my body. - Mr. Omkar Homkar, Maharashtra
During celebration of Sreekrushnajanmashtamee,
having tears of bliss, getting a vision of the deity and experiencing the
presence of Sreekrushna at the time of the consecration (abhishek): On
4th September 2007, on
the day of Sreekrushnajanmashtamee we
went to have a darshan of
Swami Vishwanandjee in Europe. There, I experienced bliss after looking at the
picture of Sreekrushna. Tears of bhav started
flowing from my eyes. I was in that state for 15 minutes. When I looked
around, I saw deities in place of the people present there. At the time of the abhishek on
Sreekrushna, I was experiencing His presence. My bhav towards
Him was enhanced. - Mrs. Dragana, Europe
To get a spiritual experience of Bhagwan Sreekrushna
neither place nor religion is a barrier. Due to pure spiritual emotion Bhagwan comes
close to the devotee. Janmashtamee is
celebrated by staying awake all night with programmes like katha, kirtan,
dance, singing etc.
3. The achars of
the day after Sreekrushnajanmashtamee
On Shravan Krushna Navamee, panchopachar worship
of Bhagwan Sreekrushnajee
is performed in the morning. The fast is concluded by partaking the prasad of daheekala.
If the idol of Bhagwan Sreekrushna
is earthen, it is immersed in water; metal idol is placed in the home temple
or donated to the priest.
On Shravan Krushna Navamee, daheekala is
prepared by mixing various food items, curd, milk, butter etc. BhagwanSreekrushna
used to prepare and eat daheekala along
with His fellow gops and gopees.
He would also go to the houses of gopees and
by breaking the vessels of curd hung at a height eat the curd and butter
therein. As a symbol of this, the tradition of preparing daheekala and
breaking of daheehandee on
the day after janmashtami has
started. From the spiritual perspective, daheekala is
associated with nirgun
Chaitanya and is indicative of
the function of Krushna.
Main components of daheekala and
their implied meaning
1. Puffed rice (pohe): Symbol
of the objective devotion of the gop.
2. Curd (dahee): Symbol
of the punishing maternal devotion as per the situation with the spiritual
emotion of motherhood.
3. Milk : Symbol
of the simple, sagun madhurabhakti of
the gopees. Madhurabhakti is
the devotion of God in the form of a lover.
4. Buttermilk : This
is the symbol of the virodhbhakti of
the gopis. Virodhbhakti is
the devotion consisting of the behavior resulting from expectation of love
from Bhagwan Sreekrushna
like sulking, expressing displeasure etc.
5. Butter : This
is the symbol of the nirgun devotion towards Sreekrushna.
On this day, the high speed flowing frequencies in the form of the Absolute
Water Element (Aptattva) of the Krushna principle arrive in the
universe. The components of daheekala are
able to receive these frequencies.
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