Wednesday, 1 September 2010 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Janmashtami - Lord Krishna's Birth !!!

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       Today, I didn't went to the college because of the dull body and its slow movements. I went for the checkup and had blood test. Typhoid with low haemoglobin is detected. I am worried now. I don't want to be sick as of now because I hate lying on bed and staring my ceiling and thinking of when will I'll be able to walk and perform again. I hate this inactive days and hence I don't want to be the victim of this disease. I have started taking precaution. Doctor said not to drink impure water and he said not to eat anything from outside. Hope I'll follow the doctor's word. From last 3 weeks, I have consumed more than 150 tablets. All the taste of my mouth has disappeared somewhere and it will take time to return back. I am just hating the druggy taste which has stuck in my mouth and because of which I can't taste anything I eat and drink. Today, in one on my tweet, I published about my blood report and I received 15 SMSes of wishes to recover from the illness. I am so touched with the care my friends have showed towards me. Thank you friends. Hope I'll recover soon.

            As I said yesterday in my blog that September is the month of Festivals and Celebrations. It starts from tomorrow itself. Tomorrow, we have Janmashtami. Krishna Janmashtami-  कृष्ण जन्माष्टमी) , also known as "Krishnashtami","Saatam Aatham" ,"Gokulashtami", "Ashtami Rohini", "Srikrishna Jayanti", "Sree Jayanthi" or sometimes merely as "Janmashtami", is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of the Hindu deity Vishnu.
 

            Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the Ashtami tithi, the eighth day of the dark half or 
 Krishna Paksha of the month of Shraavana in the Hindu calendar, when the Rohini Nakshatra is ascendant. The festival always falls within mid-August to mid-September in the Gregorian calendar. In 2009, for example, the festival was celebrated on the 14th of August, while in 2010, the festival will be celebrated on 2 September.
 

            Rasa lila or dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna are a special feature in regions of Mathura and Vrindavan, and regions following Vaishnavism in Manipur. While the Rasa Lila recreates the flirtatious aspects of Krishna's youthful days, Govinda Pathaks or Dahi Handi celebrate the God's playful and mischievous side, where teams of young men form human pyramids to reach a high-hanging pot of butter and break it.

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            In Maharashtra, Janmashtami is actually known as Dahi Handi where young boys form pyramid to reach a pot hung above consisting of curd. The topmost boy breaks it with coconut and thus the Dahi falls on all the young boys trying to reach it. This shows the power of unity and its effective effect. I remember once I was also in the team of my colony's pyramid. We broke the handi in front of everyone and I got Rs. 250 as prasad from our colony. That was my first earning. So Janmashtami is very close to me. I have also participated in my school and I was dresses as Lord Krishna. You can see the picture in the adjacent pic. 

          I remember that when I was in my colony, there used to be bhajans and kirtans all night. Our mothers used to sing bhajans in the mandir while all of us used to play in the colony campus in the late nights till the time the function didn't used to get over. Festivals has its deep meaning and deep connection with our lives. We just have to take these festivals heartily and join different people who celebrate it. Now-a-days, even Muslims and Christians boys too join their shoulders for forming the pyramid on the Dahi Handi's eve. It is really an enhancing news for our country. Hope this festival will bring back the unity of our country and its people.

 Thanks.

ABHILASH RUHELA - VEERU

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