Shri Krishna took birth at midnight on the ashtami, the 8th day of the Krishna paksha or dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Shravan (August-September). This auspicious day is called Shri Krishna Janmashtami. Watch & performShri krishna janmashtami puja with our pray-along-videos. Perform aartis, read about food restriction, importance/significance of the day.
- Let’s first collect all puja items.
- Then we will do the puja preparation.
- Next we will perform the main Shri Krishna Janmashtami Puja.
- We will conclude with the aarti.
Let’s Collect Shri Krishna Janmashtami Puja Items & Learn Their Significance
- Moli (red thread)
- Roli (red powder)
- Incense sticks
- Sweets, Fruits
- Curd (Yogurt)
- Clarified butter (Ghee)
- Dry fruits
- Yagyopavit (sacred thread)
Follow The Video To Prepare For The Shri Krishna Janmashtami
Before doing Shri Krishna Janmashtami, we do the puja preparation or commonly called as panch peeth puja.
Let's follow the video through this step. Only after performing this step we proceed towards the main Shri Krishna Janmashtami.
Let’s Perform The Main Shri Krishna Janmashtami
After performing the panch peeth puja, we start the main puja.
Follow along the instructions and mantras to perform the main Shri Krishna Janmashtami.
We Will Conclude Shri Krishna Janmashtami With The Aarti.
Puja is considered incomplete without the aarti.
Let us now do the Shri Krishana Janmashtami Puja to successfully conclude the puja.
Puja is considered complete after we offer dakshina
Mantras, Regional Information, Food Restrictions For Shri Krishna Janmashtami.
The birthday of our favorite Lord Krishna is a special occasion for Hindus, who consider him their leader, hero, protector, philosopher, teacher and friend all rolled into one.
Krishna took birth at midnight on the ashtami or the 8th day of the Krishna paksha or dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Shravan (August-September). This auspicious day is called Shri Krishna Janmashtami. Indian as well as Western scholars have now accepted the period between 3200 and 3100 BC as the period in which Lord Krishna lived on earth.
The devotees of Lord Krishna observe fast for the whole day and night, worshipping him and keeping vigil through the night while listening to his tales and exploits, recite hymns from the Gita, sing devotional songs, and chant the mantra Om namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya. Krishna’s birthplace Mathura and Vrindavan celebrate this occasion with great pomp and show. Raslilas or religious plays are performed to recreate incidents from the life of Krishna and to commemorate his love for Radha.
Song and dance mark the celebration of this festive occasion all over northern India. At midnight, the statue of infant Krishna is bathed and placed in a cradle, which is rocked, amidst the blowing of conch shells and the ringing of bells. The festival of Janmashtami is considered a very pious day by Hindus. Lot of bhajan singing, hymn chanting and poojas are performed this day. Devotees queue all the major Krishna temples to seek his blessings. People perform elaborate poojas during the festival. They keep day long fast. Functions and prayer meetings are organised to share the glory of their favourite God.
The general pooja process begins early in the morning with devotees giving a bath or abhishek to Bal Gopal’s idol with gangajal, ghee, water, honey and curd. The idol is then adorned with new clothes (preferably in yellow colour), stone or other precious jewellery. Next, the idol of lord is offered bhog, the contents of bhog may vary. Fruits, kheer, pedha, milk, and milk products are made. There are devotees who offer chhappan bhog (56 dishes) to Bal Gopal.
Thereafter, special Shri Krishna Janmashtami pooja is performed. The cradle containing the divine infant’s idol is rocked, conch is blown. Devotees sing Krishna arti, some people read out 108 names of lord. They get totally immersed in the name and praise of Gopal.
After the entire pooja is over, devotees break their fast by having panchamrit. The time of breaking the fast may vary, this is so, because the time of performing pooja also differs from place to place. While some devotees choose to perform pooja at midnight and break fast, others perform pooja in the evening and have food.
GENERAL DISCLAIMER – Through this website, an effort has been made to get us connected to our cultural and religious heritage with respect to our festivals by exhibiting the broad method of performing various pujas. As is well known customs, methods, sequence and pronunciation of these pujas differ from place to place located a few km’s apart. Hence the methods shown here are as per the system followed at the place where they have been recorded and may be different than perceived by many others. However these differences should not be taken as a mistake or deficiency. This may therefore be accepted as a broad outline and required changes/ modifications may be made as per requirement.