The janmashtami is an auspicious and pious festival in Hindus. The festival is
in honour of lord krishna’s birthday. The festival is observed on the eighth day
of dark fortnight in bhadwa/bhadrapad maas according to Hindu calendar in the
northern states of India. The festival is also known as sriashtami or
gokulashtami. The people fully engrossed in the name of god and in his glory
sing songs and bhajans.
How to do puja of Janmashtami
Janmashtami puja is performed with the puja items especially required for the
festival. Each of the puja items has its own significance and hence from the
list of items nothing is missed out. Few of puja items are as follows thali,
bell, diya, akshat, cardamom, betel leaves, flowers, roli, kalash, clothes and
jewellery for the deity’s idol and small cradle. Prasad and panchamrit is
The puja in the temples of lord Krishna starts from early morning and continues
until late night with the singing of bhajans, hymns, mantras and songs. The idol
of Krishna is offered a sacred bath using gangajal, honey, milk, ghee, and
yoghurt. Then the idol is adorned with the new clothes and jewellery especially
yellow and red colour, which are made for this auspicious day.
Then the puja place is illuminated with diyas and devotees offer their desired
things in the temple, chant the mantras, and sing the bhajans to honour the lord
Krishna. In the mid night, the idol is placed in the cradle and swung with the
blowing of conches. The ritual specifies that the lord Krishna has came on the
earth then aarti is performed and panchamrit and Prasad is distributed to the
devotees. Devotees perform the same puja at their homes too.
Benefits of Janmashtami puja
The Shri Krishna puja is very effective puja and helps in winning over the
enemies and all adversaries. It minimizes the malefic effects of Ketu and
inflicted seventh house of your horoscope and nisantaan dosha in the couples.
The puja of Shri Krishna also shower the devotees with the long life and
happiness in the life. Their married life goes smooth and a tension regarding
the children removes. This is the puja, which helps in acquiring the
materialistic as well as spiritualistic prosperity in life and protect the
devotee from any negative and evil effects.
Mantra for Janmashtami puja
“Vasudevam sutam devam kansacharumardanam
Devaki paramanandanam krishnam vande jagadgurum”