Festivals are such wonderful times. The whole house is abuzz with the chores necessary to celebrate the Divine. If you have kids around the house, it is twice as much fun, with their voices echoing throughout the house and the elders shooing them away from the goodies made for the God.
What I love more is the mythological beliefs behind each festival. Today, it is the sweet, adorable Sri Krishna's birthday, otherwise known as Gokulashtami, Krishna Jayanthi, or Janmashtami. His birthday is celebrated on the 8th day of the dark half of the month of 'Bhadrapada' (August-September) every year. Bhagavan is believed to have been born at midnight. One of the incarnations of Mahavishnu, the Lord takes the Krishna avatar to fulfill many prophecies such as the killing of Kansa and plays a pivotal role in the Mahabharata. Each incarnation the Lord undertakes is to ensure that dharma is preserved and adharma is checked.
On this day, houses are decorated and the Lord's favourite food items such as Aval and butter are offered. Apart from this, seedai, murukku, rava laadoo and other delectable calorific items are also made. To welcome the little one, His baby foot steps are painted u
sing rice flour from the entrance of the house right up to the prayer room, where the offerings are kept. His birthday is celebrated grandly be regaling His stories and chanting His name.
Later today, I hope to go to the Venugopalaswami temple in Gopalapuram, which is an ancient temple dedicated to Krishna, followed by a visit to my aunt's house where we will eventually stay back for dinner and some good old family chit chat before we head back home to face our old familiar routine.
I only wish my brother, sister-in-law, bhaiyya, swetha, and the darling of the lot, Saanvi were here to join in the celebrations.