Dahi Handi Celebration

Dahi Handi is celebrated on the next day of Janmashtami, during Nanda Utsav. Maharashtra is famed for its adventurous sport of Dahi Handi that is hanged up in sky-high heights. Govindas form human pyramids to reach up to the Dahi Handi that is usually filled with butter milk and silver coins. People around make the sport more daring when they splash water on govindas to prevent them from grabbing the Handi. Several teams come prepared and compete with each other at different places in the city.

Dahi Handi though portrays the playful and adoringly mischievous attitude of Krishna, it also carries a profound philosophy behind it. The pot is the ego or the sense of the body mind identification that dangles in the grasp of Samsara. The butter or Dahi which forms the content is embodied as the essence, or the being. The Lord breaks the pot or the ego to release the content from the binding Samsara. His eagerness to savour it reveals the bliss that one enjoys on realising the true essence or the true self.

On the occasion of Janmashtami, the dresses that have been stitched for the deity are mostly of yellow colour, because yellow colour is the favourite of Lord Krishna.

In some places either Human pyramids are formed to reach the pot or the contestants are given a stick to hit the pots when they are brought down by the means of a pully. It is definitely a challenging game to get hold of it as eager contestants make their way up to it, water is sprayed on them continuously by the onlookers to distract them.

Dahi handi breaks religious barriers as mandals are peppered with Muslims, Christians and South Indians who give it a secular flavour.  Today Dahi Handi and Janmashtami is celebrated by all and there is nothing religion in the celebration.

Lord Krishna’s birth is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm in International society for Krishna consciousness, popularly known as ISKCON was founded by Swami Prabhupada. The devotees are mesmerized by the songs depicting Lord Krishna’s arrival. The idol is well embellished with flowers. An offering of 108 dishes to Lord Krishna known as ‘Bhog’ takes place at midnight and thereafter it is distributed among devotees.

Lets us hence celebrate Dahi Handi grasping the philosophy behind it and seek the Lord’s blessings to realise our true self.

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Sri Krishna Janmashtami 2010

Janmashtami is known as Gokulashtami or Ashtami. This festival is also known as Sri Krishna Jayanti and Krishnashtmi. Sri Krishna is considered as the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu’s, (one of three major Hindu Gods) on earth. In Some part of India Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on September 01,2010 and in other parts Sri Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated On 2nd September 2010.

Since Sri Krishna lived in luxury throughout his life, Sri Krishna Jayanti is celebrated with pomp and splendor. Plenty of sweets are made on this day.To mark the birth of the deity, the idol of the infant Krishna is bathed and is cradled in the midnight time. Lord Krishna temples situated at Vrindhavan, Mathura, Dwaraka are the most popular for the celebrations of Janmashtami, as it is believed that Lord Krishna lived there.

Tulasi Pooja or Tulasi Vivah in India

People all over India celebrated tulasi pooja on October 30, 2009. In some places, Tulasi Puja is also observed on Uthwana Ekadashi or Kartika Pournami. In most of the Hindu homes, people worship Tulasi plant on a daily basis. Tulasi is a medicinal plant that confers longevity.

PA300049 Tulasi Pooja Celebration At
Hegde Nivas” Sri Krishna Mandir Road-Hosdurg,Kanhangad,Kasaragod-Kerala.

The sacred basil Tulasi is renowned for its religious and spiritual sanctity, as well as for its important role in the traditional systems of holistic health and herbal medicine. Tulasi’s powerful general adaptogenic properties offer significant preventative and curative potential with respect to the stress-related degenerative diseases endemic to industrialized societies.

As per Hindu scriptures and Puranas, Uthwana Dwadashi is the day during which Maha Vishnu awakes from his cosmic sleep. Lord Vishnu continues his cosmic sleep for four holy months. Tulasi Puja or Habba marks the marriage of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Tulasi. On this day, devotees break their Ekadashi fast and observe Vishnu Puja.

During Ksheer Sagar manthan, Tulasi plant was evolved from the Ocean of Milk and married to Lord Vishnu. Since then, on this day Tulasi – Vishnu vivaha is observed. Tulasi Vivaha is also called as Tulasi Damodara Vivaha or Tulasi Salagrama Vivaha.

On the festive occasion of ‘Kartik Shukla Dwadashi’ that usually falls two weeks after the celebration of Diwali, tulasi plants are adorned with varied artistic things made from sugarcane, flowers and mango leaves. After decorating Tulasi Vrindavana, people offer prayers to Tulasi. Clay lamps are lit all around the tulasi plant. The event is usually celebrated as tulasi vivah, in which tulasi is married to Lord Vishnu.

People decorate the vessel or pot, in which tulasi is planted. Water is then offered to the holy basil. Kumkum is applied to one of the leaves. Some people tie a small piece of red cloth on its branch. Red flower is offered to the herbal plant Tulasi. Clay lamps are lighted all around the plant and then aarti is performed to complete the pooja.