Saturday, September 5, 2015

Happy Krishna Jayanthi !!

Today is the Birthday of Lord Krishna, and it is celebrated all over India. People start preparing sweets and savories, which are supposed to be loved by Lord Krishna, buying fruits and flowers,  putting Rangoli all over the house welcoming the Lord into their homes.
Our Hindu religion has so many Gods and Goddesses, that every other day is some God's birthday. Indian are always in celebrating mood, perhaps by doing so , they are able to forget their everyday tensions.
Lord Krishna has always been portrayed as being in deep blue color. There  is some significance for being so, if you are interested you can google it and find for yourself. As usual, I was totally unaware of that,  for I only vaguely knew that very soon there is going to be celebration of  Lord Ganesha's Birthday.  Anyway I went about my work, and didn't give much thought to it.
Then our maid came, I thought okay she might like to celebrate Krishna's Birthday, so I told her her to put some typical rangoli which is put on His birthday. As children living wth our parents we used to enjoy putting these kind of Rangoli, and eating all the things made for Krishna's Birthday. We would wait impatiently for the evening to come, for his Birthday is celebrated only in the evenings. Once the Puja is done we would all gobble all the goodies prepared by our mom.
Those were the days when one blindly believed whatever everybody  believed, for we were too young to think. As we grew older, and wiser, we started seeing no meaning in all these endless celebration of Birthdays of various Gods and Goddesses. 
Coming back to the present, I taught my maid how to make some simple rangoli and this is what she did. It looks very simple yet very good. Here is a short story of Krishna's arrival at our home:
Krishna enters our house with his tiny feet, tup, tup tup... enters our kitchen where we have a little Puja space.




He is thrilled to see himself surrounded by the Gopikas, all waiting to welcome him. He starts to swing merrily playing his flute.




The Cow YAWNS........

All of a sudden Krishna's nostrils are hit by an unusual aroma, his nose starts tickling, he stops playing his flute, and jumps up to see some yummy Chinese food right under his nose...


                Fried Rice, Sweet and Sour vegetables and Cauliflower Manchurian

He says to himself, "am I in the wrong house", when he heard the woman of the house say,"no, no, everything is fine, we thought you might like a change and made Chinese for you".

Krishna was absolutely thrilled, and shouting, "Holy Cow! (waking up the startled cow) thank you, for I am really tired of eating the same Seedais, Pohas, Murukkus etc., in every house, I visit..."

After polishing every bit of the offering, he smiled cheekily and said " Gods too need a change"

Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita, “If you offer Me with love a leaf, flower, fruit or water, I will accept it. But please, please don't offer me the same things again and again. Have mercy!, he pleaded"

So offer whatever you can—it’s your love and devotion that matters! 
So here I am, feeling happy to have made both Mary and the ever Blue Krishna happy in my own small way.


Did you like my story of Lord Krishna?

31 comments:

  1. Nice story Rama!! :) The idea of Krishna eating Chinese was explained in a funny manner :) Well written post with nice photos, thanks for sharing the celebrations at your home!! :)

    Cheers!! :)

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed this made up story.Thanks.

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  2. Nicely said that it is the devotion that matters.
    Happy Srijyanthi

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    1. It is devotion that really matters. Thank you.

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  3. happy janmashtami ! In north we make everything what new mothers are given..

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  4. I really enjoyed your post, fascinating really! I hope the celebration was as taste as I think it was! :)

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  5. You have rightly mentioned - "perhaps by doing so , they are able to forget their everyday tensions"
    I would like to taste that Sweet and Sour vegetables. (my fav)

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    1. Try to stop by when you are in Bangalore. Thanks.

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    2. Would love to. Was there on 29/30 of last month but the schedule was too too tight for us.
      Definitely next time (with prior intimation)

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  6. I hope you enjoyed your holiday. :)

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  7. I hope you enjoyed your holiday.

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  8. I certainly enjoyed the post...
    PS: Loved the Tulasi maadam with light in it...

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    1. Yes that tulsi madam is so good I don't ever feel like using it at all. It has been made by Spastic children in Mumbai. See how talented they are.Thanks , I am glad you enjoyed this post.

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  9. Haha nice story. I wouldnt mind eating Fried Rice and Manchurian for a change too :-) And yea you are right about how everything has some significance, but people just ask us to take their word for it and when we are young, we dont give that a thought. But then when we question and find answers, some practices make sense :-)

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    1. Thanks Ashwini. I am glad you could relate to the story.

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  10. Loved your post. It started off with the usual and lo behold there was a twist on the tale. Good one.

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  11. you look fabulous in this heading pic dear ,wishing you a happy karishna 's birthday

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    1. Thanks a lot baili. How have you been?
      It has been a long time

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  12. Yes, I like it, it is very wise :) The dishes look great too, I will look after the recipes. Blue suits you very well, my friend!
    Greetings from a Traveling Hawk, which comes again next week in Asia: Shanghai and the water towns there :)

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    1. Thanks TH. I must visit your blog and catch up on the missed blogs. Shanghai sounds really interesting.

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  13. I found your blog via Traveling Hawk. I'm really intersted in your life in India :)

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  14. So true, ultimately what matters is the thought behind your actions, as long there is devotion, Krishna cannot escape, he is bound to stay and bless all :)

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