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How to celebrate or perform rituals on Sri Krishna Jayanti?

Sri Krishna Janmashtami or Sri Krishna Jayanti is mainly celebrated in Lord Krishna or Vishnu temples. Hindu spiritual organizations conduct numerous programs like discourses, dramas and processions on the day.

A fasting is observed on the previous day by some communities in North India. But this is not followed by majority of people.

If you plan to celebrate or perform rituals at home on the day, the ideal method will be to recite the mantra ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya.’ This can be done while performing pujas or throughout the day.

Pujas involve offering flowers and performing Arati.

Reciting or listening to Srimad Bhagavata Purana or Bhagavatam is highly auspicious on the day.
Some devotees observe fast and spend time in temples or listening to discourses.

The main worship in temples takes place at midnight when Lord Krishna was born.

It must be remembered here that Lord Krishna is happy with anything that is offered to him in true devotion. Krishna was happy with sweat drenched beaten rice offered by Kuchela or Sudama. He was happy with the last leaf left in Draupadi’s Akshaya Patra. He was content with the gruel in Vidura’s (Dhritarashtra’s minister in Mahabharata) home.

So, one need not indulge in complex rituals to please Krishna. Just the japa ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ rendered devotionally is more than enough.