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Krishna Janmashtami 2016

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Sri Krishna is considered as the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu's, (one of three major Hindu Gods) on earth. He is considered to be the Lord's most glorious incarnations. It is said that his remembrance true heart brings extreme joy and pleasure because Sri Krishna himself was a manifestation of joy at all levels and in all walks of life. No other God in the Hindu pantheon, or for that matter in any other religion, is associated with so many romantic tales and so fully radiating with all the divine attributes as Sri Krishna.

Sri Krishna was born in the 'Rohini' nakshatram (star) to King Vasudeva and Devaki Devi on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Lunar month Sravana (August-September). Legend has it that Sri Krishna was born on a dark, stormy and windy night to end the rule and atrocities of his maternal uncle, Kansa.

 Position of Stars at the time of Birth:

It was only on the eighth day of the second fortnight, in the month of Sravana when, the moon entered the house of Vrishabha in Rohini Nakshatra (star) that Lord appeared. According to Barhapatyamana, the month of Sravana corresponds to the month of Bhadrapada Krishna Paksha. Lord was born in the year of Vishwavasu, appx. 5,227 years ago.

Celebration for over Two Days

Janmashtami is celebrated for over two days as “Rohini” nakshatra and Ashtami may not fall on the same day. The first day known as Krishnashtami, as the birth of Bhagwan Krishna falls on the eighth day after Raksha Bandhan, which generally falls in the month of August. The second day is known as Kalashtami.


The Birth Of Krishna

About five and a half thousand years ago, there ruled in Mathura in the modern day Indian state of Uttar Pradesh a despotic king known as Kansa. The people of the city had a trying time bearing the whims and oppression of their tyrannical ruler. Kansa had overthrown his own father Ugrasena to gain access to the royal throne and was infamous for his fierce ambition that spared none, not even his loved ones.

But even the fearsome Kansa had a soft corner for his sister Devaki, whom he loved very much and wanted to marry her off to a decent man. Soon the day of Devaki's marriage came near and King Vasudeva of the Yadu dynasty won her hand. But after the marriage ceremony  Kansa himself was driving his sister's chariot. A heavenly prophecy from the sky came and echoed, "Kansa! Your end is near! The eighth son of Devaki, your sister, will be the one responsible for your death." This filled Kans with anxiety and anger and he proceeded to kill his beloved sister in fear for his own life. Then Vasudeva pleaded with the tyrant and promised to surrender every one of the children born to them to Kans. Being fond of his sister and pleased with this agreement, Kans forced the newly wed couple to live in his palace prison as captives till their eighth child was born. This was soon carried out and the duo were under constant watch by the royal guards. Each time a child was born to the couple, Kans would personally pay a visit to their cell and smash the head of the infant on the prison wall unmoved by the heartbreaking cries of Devaki and the entreaties of Vasudeva. He did this for seven times until nine years had passed and Devaki was to have a baby for the eighth time.

But the night the eighth child was about to be born, a miracle happened. All the guards magically went to sleep, the doors of the prison opened by themselves and the shackles of Vasudev and Devaki opened by themselves and dropped to the ground. Soon Devaki gave birth to a baby. The child was very dark in complexion but a beautiful boy beyond comparison. 
As Vasudeva marvelled at his new-born child, a voice from the sky (akashvani) ordered him:
"O Vasudev, take your child to the Gokul kingdom, ruled by your friend King Nanda. Nanda and his queen Yashoda has just given birth to a daughter. Exchange your son for their daughter. They are asleep and will not know about the exchange. Take their little girl and return to the prison immediately. Make haste or else Kans will come to know about the birth of this child and kill it. This child has been born to subjugate all evil and protect the innocent. He will even save you one day. Now hurry before it gets too late".

The Gokul kingdom was across the river Yamuna, which flowed near the city of Mathura. Vasudev knew that he had to carry his baby. Suddenly his eyes caught the sight of a "chhaj" (reed contraption by which all foreign matter is removed from any lentil, rice, wheat etc.). He cleared the dirt from it, placed his little baby in the basket and took him to the banks of the great river Yamuna. It being the rainy season, the river was in full spate, and it was still raining. On stepping into the river, poor Vasudev had more than half of his body submerged in the water. He tried to save the baby from the rising river by holding him higher and higher. But there was no way he could shield it from the torrential rain. Then, he saw a huge five-mouthed snake following him from behind and providing a canopy over the baby with its hood. 
The sight struck fear in the heart of Vasudev, but then he remembered the akashvani, which is the voice of angels, and he was reassured that he and his baby was being protected and that he would surely reach his destination. 
At Gokul, Vasudev entered the house of his friend Nand, who was asleep and so was his wife Yashoda, and so were all the attendants. He saw a sweet baby near Yashoda and quickly scooped it in his arms after placing his own son in the empty space next to Yashoda.

With Sheshnag assisting him like before, Vasudev returned to the prison with the girl-child. He entered his dark cell and laid the baby by Devaki's side. Soon the shackles were back in place, the doors shut and the guards woke up. 

On seeing the baby, the attendants rushed up to their master Kans to give him the news. Kans came in a great hurry, Because it was the eighth child. He picked up the baby and threw it against the wall, but the little girl flew up into the air. With a blinding flash of light, the baby took the form of a fierce goddess sky, who taunted Kans:
"O Kans, your destroyer has already been born, and is elsewhere. He is now well and alive in a safe place. And one day, he will come in search of you and kill you! You can not change your destiny, how hard you may try!" 

Along with the sound of laughter, the goddess disappeared leaving behind the dumbstruck Kans. This little girl has come to be worshipped under various names - Durga, Tara, Ishani and Mandakini.

This legend of the birth of Lord Shri krishna is recounted on every Janmashtami and the praises of the friend-god are sung in almost every temple dedicated to the divine being. Pious Hindu's hold this account of the birth of the Lord very dear to their hearts.
Welcome the Lord at Midnight


It is only at midnight between the first and the second day that birth of Sri Krishna took place. The actual festivities begin during midnight in this 48 hour period. The celebration reaches its peak at midnight, with the birth of Lord Krishna, with lot of hymns, arti taking place and blowing of the Conch (shankh), rocking the cradle of Lord. The idol of lord is bathed with Panchamrit (A mixture of milk, ghee, curd, honey and Gangajal). The Panchamrit is later distributed as Prasad to the devotees along with other sweets. While some Fast on the first day and break it at midnight for others the fasting continues for both days. The period coincides with rainy season.

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. Among these are laddus (yellu oonde), chakli, cheedai, payasam (kheer), and so on. In addition, plenty of milk products especially butter, which was Sri Krishna's favorite childhood food, is given in offerings. A wide variety of fruits are also offered. The most common sweets made laddus and payasam.

Great indeed are his many Leelas and the way in which he charms one and all. Several sages and seers have paid homage to him. The Bhagavad Gita coming from the Lord is the absolute truth which has withstood the test of time and has formed the basis and inspiration for many Acharyas.
The life and message of Sri Krishna is the most stirring saga of one of the greatest saviour and profounder of Dharma. Born in the dungeons of Kansa who was out to kill him at the very moment of his birth, Sri Krishna's life is replete with many such mortal dangers which he successfully triumphs over. He was the unchallenged hero of his times both in terms of his bodily prowess and his intellectual brilliance. 

Sri Krishna Jayanti, therefore, signifies not merely the birth of a great and Divine teacher of mankind in some distant past but the lighting of the spark of the Divine Power in every one of us, which spurs us on to play our dynamic part in this world of practical and hard realities with a sense of high spiritual purpose. 

Ceremony of Dahi Handi

'Govinda ala Re ala'

Celebration of Janmashtami, birth of the famous Lord Krishna includes a number of ceremonies like, Rasleela, Jhankis (tableaux) etc. 
Dahi Handi is a popular ceremony, celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and glee. Dahi Handi is an enactment of Lord Krishna's efforts to steal butter from Matka (earthen pot) suspended from the ceiling.

Celebration of Janmashtami

Dahi Handi generally takes place on the second day of Janmashtami. An earthen pot containing a mixture of milk, dry fruits, ghee is hung around 20-30 feet high in the air with the help of a rope. Silver coins are hung along with the rope,which are later distributed as prize to the winners. Enthusiastic young men, form a human pyramid by standing one on top of the other, trying to break the pot. Onlookers throw water on the young men in order to prevent them from breaking the pot. Breaking of the pot is followed by prize distribution. Devotees believe that the broken pieces of earthen pot will keep away mice and negative powers from their homes.
Dahi Handi is celebrated with fervor, especially in the twin cities of Mathura - Vrindavan, Dwarka and Mumbai. Young men in Mumbai yell 'Ala re ala, Govinda ala' during the ceremony.


Janmashtami Pooja Process

* 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. 
* The general pooja process begins early in the morning with devotees giving a bath or abhishek to Bal Gopal's idol with panchamrit [ gangajal, ghee, milk, honey and curd ].

* The idol is then adorned with new clothes (preferably in yellow colour) and stone or other precious jewellery.

* 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 chappan bhog (56 dishes) to Bal Gopal.

* Thereafter, special Krishna 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.


Janmashtami Fast

* The festival of Janmashtami is characterised with keeping fast by devotees. 

* Nirjal  Vrat or Upvaas or Fast

Ardent followers of Lord Krishna celebrate Janmashtami by keeping 'Nirjal' fasts. 
This kind of fasting involves not having even a single drop of water during the entire day. 
People feel keeping nirjal or waterless fasts will help them get closer to God. 

* Phalahar Vrat or Upvaas or Fast

Devotees also keep 'Phalahar Vrat' having milk and fruits during the fast. 
Devotees observe strict discipline while fasting. 
They refrain from having cereals and salt on the day of the festival . 
They also feel keeping such fast is the only thing that they can offer God. 
Fasting is accompanied by singing of devotional songs and mantra chanting.
However with changing times, and even children keeping fasts in the current scenario,Sendha namak (salt of a special kind used during fasting) is now allowed during the fast.


श्री कृष्ण स्तुति ( Shri Krishna Prayer )

                                  Aarti Kunj Bihari Ki

Aarti Kunj Bihari Ki
Shri Girdhar Krishna Murari Ki

Gale Mein Baijanti Mala, Bajave Murali Madhur Bala
Shravan Mein Kundal Jhalakati,
Nand Ke Nand ,Sri Anand Kand,Mohan Brij Chand
Radhika Raman Bihari KI
Shri Girdhar Krishna Murari Ki
Aarti Kunj Bihari Ki
Shri Girdhar Krishna Murari Ki 


Gagan Sam Ang Kanti Kali, Radhika Chamak Rahi Aali
Latan Mein Thadhe Banamali
Bhramar Si Alak, Kasturi Tilak, Chandra Si Jhalak
Lalit Chavi Shyama Pyari Ki
Shri Girdhar Krishna Murari Ki

Aarti Kunj Bihari Ki
Shri Girdhar Krishna Murari Ki 

Kanak May Mor Mukut Bilse, Devata Darsan Ko Tarse
Gagan So Suman Raasi Barse
Baje Murchang, Madhur Mridang, Gwaalin Sang
Atual Rati Gop Kumaari Ki
Shri Girdhar Krishna Murari Ki

Aarti Kunj Bihari Ki
Shri Girdhar Krishna Murari Ki


Jahaan Te Pragat Bhayi Ganga, Kalush Kali Haarini Shri Ganga,
Smaran Te Hot Moh Bhanga
Basi Shiv Shish, Jataa Ke Biich, Harei Agh Kiich;
Charan Chhavi Shri Banwari Ki.
Shri Girdhar Krishna Murari Ki...

Aarti Kunj Bihari Ki
Shri Girdhar Krishna Murari Ki

Chamakati Ujjawal Tat Renu, Baj Rahi Vrindavan Benu
Chahu Disi Gopi Gwaal Dhenu
Hansat Mridu Mand, Chandani Chandra, Katat Bhav Phand
Ter Sun Diin Bhikhaarii Kii
Shri Girdhar Krishna Murari Ki

Aarti Kunj Bihari Ki
Shri Girdhar Krishna Murari Ki

आरती कुंजबिहारी की

आरती कुँज बिहारी की , 
श्री गिरिधर कृष्ण मुरारी की ॥
गले में वैजन्ती माला,
बजावे मुरली मधुर बाला,
श्रवण में कुण्डल झलकाला,
नन्द के नन्द,
श्री आनन्द कन्द,
मोहन बॄज चन्द
राधिका रमण बिहारी की
श्री गिरिधर कृष्ण मुरारी की ॥
गगन सम अंग कान्ति काली,
राधिका चमक रही आली,
लसन में ठाड़े वनमाली,
भ्रमर सी अलक,
कस्तूरी तिलक,
चन्द्र सी झलक
ललित छवि श्यामा प्यारी की
श्री गिरिधर कृष्ण मुरारी की ॥
जहाँ से प्रगट भयी गंगा,
कलुष कलि हारिणि श्री गंगा,
स्मरण से होत मोह भंगा,
बसी सिव सीस,
जटा के बीच,
हरै अघ कीच
चरण छवि श्री बनवारी की
श्री गिरिधर कृष्ण मुरारी की ॥
कनकमय मोर मुकुट बिलसै,
देवता दरसन को तरसै,
गगन सों सुमन राशि बरसै,
बजे मुरचंग
मधुर मृदंग
मालिनि संग
अतुल रति गोप कुमारी की
श्री गिरिधर कृष्ण मुरारी की ॥
चमकती उज्ज्वल तट रेणु,
बज रही बृन्दावन वेणु,
चहुँ दिसि गोपि काल धेनु,
कसक मृद मंग,
चांदनी चन्द,
 कटत भव फंद
टेर सुन दीन भिखारी की
श्री गिरिधर कृष्ण मुरारी की ॥ 
आरती कुंजबिहारी की, श्री गिरिधर कृष्ण मुरारी की ॥
आरती कुंजबिहारी की, श्री गिरिधर कृष्ण मुरारी की ॥

कस्तुरी तिलकम ललाटपटले,
वक्षस्थले कौस्तुभम ।
नासाग्रे वरमौक्तिकम करतले,
वेणु करे कंकणम ।
सर्वांगे हरिचन्दनम सुललितम,
कंठे च मुक्तावलि ।
गोपस्त्री परिवेश्तिथो विजयते,
गोपाल चूडामणी ॥

Meaning :

“Oh Shri Krishna ! You have been decorated with Kasturi Tilakam, a beautiful Namam on the smooth forehead; You have an ornament of Kausthubham on your Vaksha Sthalam, the seat of Sri Maha Lakshmi (on the chest); On the nose, You have nav mouktikam, another ornament;On your fingertips, You have a Flute; You also have a Bracelet on Your wrist; Your entire body is bedecked with sandalwood paste giving out fragrance; Your neck too is surrounded by another ornament; You are the giver of Mukti (salvation) to the lady-cowherds who went rounds and rounds around You; Oh that Lord, Victory to You -The Ornament to the ornaments of cowherd.


अग्रे कुरूनाम् अथ पाण्डवानां दुःशासनेनाहृत वस्त्रकेशा ।
कृष्णा तदाक्रोशदनन्यनाथ गोविंद दामोदर माधवेति ॥

जिस समय कौरव और पाण्डवोंके सामने भरी सभामें दुःशासनने द्रौपदीके वस्त्र और बालोंको पकडकर खींचा, उस समय जिसका कोई दूसरा नाथ नहीं ऐसी द्रौपदीने रोकर पुकारा – ‘ हे गोविन्द ! हे दामोदर ! हे माधव !’ ॥१॥

श्रीकृष्ण विष्णो मधुकैटभारे भक्तानुकम्पिन् भगवन् मुरारे ।
त्रायस्व माम् केशव लोकनाथ गोविंद दामोदर माधवेति ॥

‘हे श्रीकृष्ण ! हे विष्णो ! हे मधुकैटभको मारनेवाले ! हे भक्तोंके ऊपर अनुकम्पा करनेवाले ! हे भगवन्‌ ! हे मुरारे ! हे केशव ! हे लोकेश्वर ! हे गोविन्द ! हे दामोदर ! हे माधव ! मेरी रक्षा करो, रक्षा करो’ ॥२॥

विक्रेतुकाम अखिल गोपकन्या मुरारी पदार्पित चित्तवृत्त्यः ।
दध्योदकं मोहवसादवोचद् गोविंद दामोदर माधवेति ॥

जिनकी चित्तवृत्ति मुरारिके चरणकमलोंमे लगी हुई है, वे सभी गोपकन्याएँ दूध-दही बेचनेकी इच्छासे घरसे चलीं । उनका मन तो मुरारिके पास था; अतः प्रेमवश सुध-बुध भूल जानेके कारण ‘दही लो दही’ इसके स्थानपर जोर-जोरसे ‘गोविन्द ! दामोदर ! माधव ! आदि पुकारने लगीं ॥३॥

जगधोय दत्तो नवनीत पिण्डः गृहे यशोदा विचिकित्सयानि ।
उवाच सत्यं वद हे मुरारे गोविंद दामोदर माधवेति ॥
जिह्वे रसाग्रे मधुरा प्रिया त्वं सत्यं हितं त्वं परमं वदामि ।
अवर्णयेत मधुराक्षराणि गोविंद दामोदर माधवेति ॥
गोविंद गोविंद हरे मुरारे गोविंद गोविंद मुकुंद कृष्ण ।
गोविंद गोविंद रथांगपाणे गोविंद दामोदर माधवेति ॥
सुखावसाने त्विदमेव सारं दुःखावसाने त्विदमेव गेयम् ।
देहावसाने त्विदमेव जप्यं गोविंद दामोदर माधवेति ॥

सुखके अन्तमें यही सार है, दुःखके अन्तमें यही गाने योग्य है और शरीरका अन्त होनेके समय भी यही मन्त्र जपने योग्य है, कौन-सा मन्त्र ? यही कि ‘हे गोविन्द ! हे दामोदर ! हे माधव !’ ॥

वक्तुं समर्थोपि नवक्ति कश्चित् अहो जनानां व्यसनाभिमुख्यम् ।
जिह्वे पिबस्वमृतमेतदेव गोविंद दामोदर माधवेति ॥


   Shri Krishna Mantras For Progeny

** Rosary(Mala) to be used: Putra Jeeva Mala or Tulsi Mala

** No of Jap and Frequency:Three lac Jap.Chant Mantra in front of picture or yantra of Lord Balkrishna(Child form of Krishna)


संतान प्राप्ति मंत्र :-

ॐ नमो भगवते जगत्प्रसूतये नमः ।

Om Namo Bhagavate Jagatprasutaye Namah ।



ॐ क्लीं गोपालवेषधराय वासुदेवाय हुं फट स्वाहा ।

Om Kleeng Gopalveshadhaaraay Vaasudevaay Hum Phat Swahaa ।


संतान गोपाल  मंत्र :-
|| ॐ श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं ग्लौं देवकीसुत गोविन्द वासुदेव जगत्पते देहि मे तनयं कृष्ण त्वामहं शरणं गतः ||


|| Om Shreeng Hreeng Kleeng Glaung Devakisut Govind Vasudev Jagatpate Dehi Me Tanayam Krishn
Tvaamaham Sharanam Gatah ||  



छोटी छोटी गैयाँ, छोटे छोटे ग्वाल 
छोटो सो मेरो मदन गोपाल
छोटी छोटी गैयाँ, छोटे छोटे ग्वाल 
छोटो सो मेरो मदन गोपाल
आगे आगे गैयाँ पीछे पीछे ग्वाल 
बीच मैं है मेरो मदन गोपाल...... छोटी छोटी गैयाँ
घास खाए गैयाँ, दूध पीये ग्वाल
माखन मिसरी खाए मेरो मदन गोपाल... छोटी छोटी गैयाँ
काली काली गैयाँ, गोरे गोरे ग्वाल 
श्याम वरन मेरो मदन गोपाल.... छोटी छोटी गैयाँ
छोटी छोटी लाखुटी छोटे छोटे हाथ 
बंसी बजावे मेरो मदन गोपाल.... छोटी छोटी गैयाँ
छोटी छोटी सखियाँ मधुबन बाल 
रास रचावे मेरो मदन गोपाल..... छोटी छोटी गैयाँ



कभी राम बनके कभी श्याम बनके

कभी राम बनके कभी श्याम बनके चले आना प्रभुजी चले आना....
तुम राम रूप में आना, तुम राम रूप में आना
सीता साथ लेके, धनुष हाथ लेके,
चले आना प्रभुजी चले आना...
तुम श्याम रूप में आना, तुम श्याम रूप में आना,
राधा साथ लेके, मुरली हाथ लेके,
चले आना प्रभुजी चले आना...
तुम शिव के रूप में आना, तुम शिव के रूप में आना..
गौरा साथ लेके , डमरू हाथ लेके,
चले आना प्रभुजी चले आना...
तुम विष्णु रूप में आना, तुम विष्णु रूप में आना,
लक्ष्मी साथ लेके, चक्र हाथ लेके,
चले आना प्रभुजी चले आना...
तुम गणपति रूप में आना, तुम गणपति रूप में आना
ऋद्धि साथ लेके, सिद्धि साथ लेके ,
चले आना प्रभुजी चले आना....
कभी राम बनके कभी श्याम बनके चले आना प्रभुजी चले आना... 


Brindavan Ka Krishn Kanhaiya
brindavan ka krishn kanhaiya
sabki aankhon ka taara
man hi man kyon jale raadhika
mohan to hai sabka pyaara
brindavan ka krishn kanhaiya..................

jamuna tat par, nand ka laala
jab jab raas rachaye re
jamuna tat par, nand ka laala
jab jab raas rachaye re
tan man dole kaanha aisi
bansi madhur bajaye re
sudh-budh bhooli khadi gopiya
jaane kaisa jaadu daara

brindavan ka krishn kanhaiya
sab ki aankhon ka taara.................

rang salona aisa jaise
chhayi ho ghat sawan ki
rang salona aisa jaise
chhaye ho ghat sawan ki
ai ri main to hui deewani
mmanmohan mann bhaavan ki
tere kaaran dekh saanware
chhod diya main ne jag saara

brindavan ka krishn kanhaiya
sab ki aankhon ka taara
man hi man kyon jale raadhika
mohan to hai sab ka pyaara
brindaavan ka krishn kanhaiya
sab ki aankhon ka taara.....................

Singers: Lata & Mohammad Rafi
Film: Miss Mary (1957)



Govinda Aala Re

Govinda Aala Re Aala Jara Mataki Sambhaal Brijbaala - 2
Are Ek Do Aur Tin Chaar, Sang Paanch Chhe Saat Hai Gwaala - 2
Govinda Aala Re Aala Jara Mataki Sambhaal Brijbaala, Hoy

O Aayi Maakhan Ke Choro Ki Sena - 2
O Jara Bachake Sambhal Ke Ji Rehana -2

Badi Natkhat Hai Fauj, Kahion Aayi Jo Mauj - 2

Nahi Bachane Ka -2 Koyi Bhi Taala -Taala
Govinda Aala Re Aala Jara Mataki Sambhaal Brijbaala -2, Hoy

O Kaisi Nikali Hai Jhum Ke Yeh Toli -2

Aaj Khelegi Dudh Se Yeh Holi - 2
Bheege Jitana Bhi Ang Thandi Ho Na Umang - 2
Pade Inase - Pade Inase  Kisika Na Paala Paala
Govinda Aala Re Aala Jara Mataki Sambhaal Brijbaala - 2

Are Ek Do Aur Tin Chaar, Sang Paanch Chhe Saath Hai Gwaala -2

 Govinda Aala Re Aala Jara Mataki Sambhaal Brijbaala
Are Ek Do Aur Tin Chaar, Sang Paanch Chhe Saath Hai Gwaala - 2
Govinda Aala Re Aala Jara Mataki Sambhaal Brijbaala - 2
Aala Re Aala, Jara Mataki Sambhaal Brijbaala Ho O
Govinda Aala Re Aala

Singers : Mohammad Rafi &Chorus
Film : Bluff Master (1963)



Popular Dishes for Janmashtami Fast 

Devotees make various dishes during the fast. They have milk and milk products during the fast. This because Lord Krishna was particularly fond of milk and butter. Sweet dishes are also made and had during janmashtami fast. Kheer, Pedhas are popular sweets that devotees have. 

Janmashtami Recipes
Janmashtami is a festival celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and joy. It creates a euphoric atmosphere all around. Since Lord Krishna was very fond of milk and milk products, so devotees make various dishes of milk to please the Lord.

Devotees observe to mark the day and break it at midnight after the birth of Lord Krishna. Certain people observe the day with waterless fast while others have fruits and milk. 
The traditional dishes prepared on Janmashtami are Singhare ki Poori, Shrikhand, Gopalkala, Kheer etc. 

Recipes of these mouth watering and easy to cook dishes are given below:

•Singhare ki Poori
•Til ki Kheer (Sesame Pudding)
•Aloo/Arwi ki Chaat

(1) Shrikhand (Fast Recipe)
Preparation time: 15 minutes


* 1 kg. Curd (Put in a muslin cloth and hung for 2-3 hours)
* 1 tbsp warm milk 
* 3/4 to 1 cup powdered sugar 
* 2 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder 
* A few saffron strands 
* Slivers of pistachios & almonds (optional) 

Method of Preparation :

Mix saffron in milk and keep it aside. Take a bowl and put Curd, sugar, saffron mixture and cardamom. Mix all the ingredients well either manually or with the help of a blender. Garnish it with almonds and pistachios.


(2) Singhare ki Poori (Fast Recipe)
Preparation time: 20-25 minutes


 1 Cup Singhara Flour
1/4 Cup boiled, mashed Potatoes 
1/4 Cup Chopped Spinach 
1 tbsp oil 
2 chopped green chillies 
2 tsp Ajwain Seeds 
1/4 Cup Coriander Leaves 
1 tbsp Red Chilli Powder 
Salt to taste
Oil For Deep Frying 

Method of Preparation : 

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Knead the dough and make small pooris with hand or a rolling pin. Add less quantity of water as compared to what used while kneading wheat flour. Add cooking oil in a pan and fry pooris till dark brown and crisp. Serve it with curd and pickle.


(3) Pedhas (Fast Recipe)
Preparation time: 20 minutes


 500 gms Khoya, crushed.
300 gms powdered sugar
8 to 10 pistachios sliced
2-3 drops food colour (optional) 
1/2 tsp. cardamom powder 
Cookie moulds 

Method of Preparation : 

Mix khoya with sugar in a pan. Heat on low flame, stirring continuously. Cook till mixture thickens. Cool for 10 minutes. Add cardamom powder & food colour. Mix well. Take a small handful of mixture and press into the cookie mould. Turn out carefully. Press 2-3 slices of pistachio in the center. Delicious Pedhas are ready to eat.


(4) Til ki Kheer (Sesame Pudding) (Fast Recipe)


100 gm White til
100 gm Desiccated coconut fresh or dry
 40 gm Sugar
1 tbsp Raisins 
1 tbsp Cashew nuts broken and soaked in warm water
4-5 no Green Cardamom
1 ltr Full cream milk
1 tin Condensed milk

Method of Preparation : 

1.Dry roast til and crush them. Keep aside.
2.Pour milk in a sauce pan and boil for 10 minutes. Stir continuously. 
3.Then add condensed milk and stir and cook for another 8-10 minutes. 
4.Now put crushed cardamoms and sugar. Stir continuously.
5.Add roasted til and desiccated coconut. Keep on stirring. Cook for 10-12 minutes.
6.Pour in a serving dish and garnish with raisins and cashew nuts.


(5) Aloo/Arvi ki Chaat (Fast Recipe)

100 gm Tamarind
250 gm Potatoes or Arwi
2 tsp Cumin seeds
2-3 no Red dry chillies
1/2 tsp Dry ginger powder
125 gm Jaggery or sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
Chaat masala, chilli powder and salt to taste 

 Method of Preparation : 

•Soak imli/tamarind in lukewarm water for 1-2 hours or you can do this a day before.
•Then with your fingers mash them and throw the stones. If you are using stoned tamarind/imli just mash with your fingers. 
•Now put crushed jaggery or sugar along with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and ginger powder.(If you want to use this sauce for few days, boil the sauce and use when it cools down.
•Roast cumin seeds along with dry chillies in a dry frying pan. When the colour turns brown put them on a plate. Now crush them with a rolling pin or pestle and mortar. Sprinkle this on tamarind sauce. Taste it. If you like you can mix a few teaspoons of mint sauce in it or crushed mint leaves.
•Boil aloo or arwi(bhuiyan)and peel them. Dice them and keep aside.
•When you serve, put diced aloo or arwi in a small bowl for each individual person. Sprinkle salt, chat masala, red chilli powder, a table spoon of beaten natural yoghurt and tamarind sauce. This is yummy and suitable for fast.


(6) Kalakand (Fast Recipe)


2 litres Milk
1/2 to 3/4 cup Sugar 
Chopped nuts to decorate (pista, almonds) 
Silver foil (optional)
1/2 tsp. Citric acid dissolved in 1/2 cup water

Method of Preparation : 

Boil half the milk and add the citric solution as it comes to boil. Switch off the gas. Once the chhenna settles sieve through muslin cloth, press out excess water, take it in a plate and press down. Do not knead. Put the remaining milk in a heavy pan and boil to half. Add chhenna and boil till the mixture thickens. Stir continuously. Add sugar and continue to cook. Stir all the while till it softly thickens in a lump. Set in a tray, apply silver foil and sprinkle the chopped nuts. 


(7) Kheer

Preparation time: 30-40 minutes

1 cup Basmati rice
1 cup condensed milk
1 tablespoon custard powder, dissolved in warm milk
3-4 cups of whole milk, diluted with 1-2 cups of water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp cashew nuts, dry roasted.
1 tsp powdered cardamom

Method of Preparation : 

Pour milk in a pan and add rice to it. Boil rice and milk in the pan on medium flame until completely cooked (appx. 25-30 minutes). Add custard powder to milk and stir continuously. Add condensed milk, sugar and stir till sugar gets completely dissolved and the mixture thickens.
Add nuts and raisin. Sprinkle it with powdered cardamom for extra flavor. Can be served both hot as well as cold.


(8) Murukku (Rice Chakli)

Preparation time:20-25 minutes 


 Rice flour 340 gms. 
Gram flour 120 gms.
Til seeds 1 tbsp. 
Chilli powder 3 tsp. 
Asafoetida ½ tsp.
Butter 2 tbsps. 
Oil as required 
Salt to taste 

Method of Preparation :

Mix both rice and gram flour, add chilli powder, asafoetida, butter and salt. Wash the til seeds and add to the flour mixture. Add water and knead into a soft dough. Put small quantities of dough in a murukku mould, hold it over a kadhai with hot oil and press murukkus into the oil. Remove murukku from kadhai when brown and crisp.


(9) Gopalkala

Preparation time: 25 minutes


 250 grams Beaten rice 
1 Coconut (fresh and grated)
100 gms Cucumber
60 grams Curd
2 Green chillies
1 tbsp Ghee 
1 tsp Jeera (Cumin seeds)
1/2 inch Ginger
1/2 tsp Sugar
Salt to taste 

Method of Preparation : 

Soak Beaten Rice for 10 -15 minutes. Roughly chop the cucumber and finely chop the green chillies and ginger. Melt ghee in a small pan, add jeera, green chillies and ginger. Pour over the Beaten Rice and add in the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

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