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Udupi: Krishna Janmashtami is also known as Krishnashtami, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti and Sree Jayanthi. Udupi Sri Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated both on September 13 and 14 at the Udupi Sri Krishna Mutt this year, while Vittal Pindi will be celebrated on September 14. The Sri Krishna Mutt would be the cynosure of all eyes during these festivals. Sri Krishna Leelotsava and Vittal Pindi are the two big festivities conducted on the following day of Janmashtami festival.

The Sri Krishna Mutt will be luxuriously decorated with flowers. There will also be “Muddu Krishna” competition held at Rajangana and Anna Brahma Hall from 10 a.m. onwards where children will dress like Lord Balakrishna, which is the major attraction for the devotees

Aralu, gundittu, yellu and kadle are the varieties of Laddoos prepared specially on this occasion for over 75000 laddoos each of the variety and about 1.5 lakh chakkulis are prepared at the temple to be distributed to the devotees.

Both Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Pejawar Mutt, and Vishwaprasanna Tirtha, junior seer, will participate in the ritual of arghya pradhana at 11.48 p.m. and the major attraction at the Vittal Pindi festival will be the carrying of the clay idol of Lord Krishna in the golden chariot on the Car Street at 3.30 p.m.

The chariot will move below the 15 wooden gopuras that have been made at different places on the Car Street. Clay pots containing milk and milk products would be hung on these wooden gopuras. Folks dressed in traditional costumes would try to break these pots with sticks. This is known as “mosaru kudike”

The prominent art that adds value to the Janmashtami celebration is Huli Vesha. This traditional art form adds colour to the whole event of Janmashtami and globally known for its cultural values. After the golden chariot goes around the Car Street and reaches the Sri Krishna Mutt, the clay idol is removed and immersed in the Madhwa Sarovara pond at the temple. A competition of huli vesha dancers and other folk teams will be held at Rajangana the same evening.

Devotees, who observe fast on Janmashtami

Devotees, should have only single meal a day before Janmashtami. On fasting day, devotees take Sankalpa to observe a day long fast and to break it on the next day when both Rohini Nakshatra and Ashtami Tithi are over. Some devotees break the fast when either Rohini Nakshatra or Ashtami Tithi is over. Sankalpa is taken after finishing morning rituals and the day long fasting begins with Sankalpa.

The time to perform Krishna Puja is during Nishita Kala which is the midnight as per Vedic time-keeping. Devotees perform detailed ritualistic Puja during midnight and it involves all sixteen steps which are part of Shodashopachara (षोडशोपचार) Puja Vidhi. Please check Krishna Janmashtami Puja Vidhi which lists all Puja steps for Janmashtami along with Vedic Mantra to perform the Puja. Source – Drika Panchanga

Fasting Rules on Krishna Janmashtami

No grains should be consumed during Janmashtami fasting until the fast is broken on next day after Sunrise. All rules followed during Ekadashi fasting should be followed during Janmashtami fasting also.

Parana which means breaking the fast should be done at an appropriate time. For Krishna Janmashtami fasting, Parana is done on next day after Sunrise when Ashtami Tithi and Rohini Nakshatra are over. If Ashtami Tithi and Rohini Nakshatra don't get over before Sunset then fast can be broken during day time when either Ashtami Tithi or Rohini Nakshatra is over. When neither Ashtami Tithi nor Rohini Nakshatra is over before Sunset or even Hindu Midnight (also known as Nishita Time) one should wait to get them over before breaking the fast.

Depending on end timing of Ashtami Tithi and Rohini Nakshatra fasting on Krishna Janmashtami might continue for two complete days. Devotees who are not able to follow two days fasting might break the fast on next day after Sunrise. It has been suggested by Hindu religious text Dharmasindhu. Source – Drika Panchanga

About Two Krishna Janmashtami Dates

Most of the time, Krishna Janmashtami is listed on two consecutive days. The first one is for Smarta Sampradaya and another one is for Vaishanava Sampradaya. Vaishanava Sampradaya date is the latter one. A single date for Janmashtami means that both Sampradaya would observe Janmashtami on the same date.

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