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ArjanKanaiya-Sep 2015

Happy Janmashtami from our family to yours!

It’s been a tradition in our home to dress up our little men as Kanaiya (baby Krishna) on Janmashtami– The Birth Day of Lord Krishna. This year, our baby boy celebrated his first Janmashtami and isn’t he just the cutest?

Here are a few ways we celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna as a family:

  1. Listen to the Story About the Birth of Lord Krishna. Kids love to hear stories whether they are classics like The Tortoise and The Hare or even those we come up with ourselves. One special story we talk about is the magical night that Lord Krishna was born to Devaki and Vasudev in the village of Mathura. Now our big boy enjoys telling us the story about evil King Kamsa and how baby Krishna was sent to Gokul for protection and one day returned to Mathura with his brother Balram to destroy Kamsa. Knowing the birth story gives him a connection to what is Janmashtami.
  2. Visit the Temple. I grew up attending the ISKCON temple which was the first Hindu temple in our area. I am familiar with the devotees that reside there and enjoy the celebratory fashion in how worship takes place. The chanting, the smiling faces, the music…it’s all very upbeat and welcoming. We aren’t regulars at attending, but on this particular day, we make sure to visit the temple and soak in all the joy in celebrating Lord Krishna’s birthday.
  3. Do a Small Puja at Home. We have a designated mandir (temple) in the center of our home. Our older one is comfortable ringing the ghantadi (bell), bowing his head, and saying a short prayer. On this day, we tidy our mandir and offer flowers and a diya (oil lamp) to the deity of Lord Krishna.

In general, we say a simple prayer every night. It’s important to us to remain thankful and humbled for our life and prayer gives us a means to stay grounded. As my boys get older, I want them to learn more about Lord Krishna and provide them with fun and applicable teachings of Hinduism.

I’d love to hear about how you celebrate Janmashtami and teach your little Hindus about our beautiful religion. Leave a comment!

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