Friday, August 26, 2005
Today is Gokulashtami aka Krishna Jayanthi!
(pic extracted from chennai online article Krishna would love to be here: http://www.chennaionline.com/festivalsnreligion/Festivals/kj.asp#)
Today is Gokulashtami aka Krishna Jayanthi day throughout India. In the North, this day is referred to as Janmashtami. Most Hindus know about this festival-this day marks the birth of Lord Krishna who was born at mid-nightto King Vasudeva and Queen Devaki. Back in India, this used to be another festival that used to be celebrated in my house with lot of enthusiasm from the women folk.
Last night, as i sat thinking about the whole occasion, i started leafing thro' the famous authentic south indian cookbook byMeenakshi Ammal to pull out some recipes. After another long week at work, i have some enthu to go home and try appam, seedai(haven't done both of these) before. My mom recommends pal payasam, butter and aval as "naivedhiyam" (offering to Lord Krishna) as his favourites.
Vishnu Sahasranamam or Narayaneeyam is recited and the house is decorated with kolams and tiny feet of "Baby Krishna".
Today, as i sit in another part of the world and try to ponder the significance of adhering to these traditions here in US, i have lots of questions that come off the top of my head- Is following all these traditions going to bring me anything? Is it worth the strain on me? Does the thought of the appraoching "Halloween" and pumpkim carving, giving candy to neighbourhood kids etc seem more sensible to follow than going through all the hardships for doing goodies for family and friends here on Janmashtami?
Gokulashtami-Raises a big question mark?