Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan!

Back on this blog dear Perumale, to pen my thoughts on the birthday celebrations of our beloved Sri Krishna. This avatar let us have a darshan of an adorable, lovable child who’s stories would be told to kids for several thousands of years to come! And as an adult, Sri Krishna Perumal gave us the Bhagavad Gita, the treasure of spiritual knowledge. Soup for the soul. More than that, eternal wisdom for the soul.

There seems to be some difference among communities on the day observed as the birth of Sri Krishna. Most people observe ‘thithi’ – the ashtami (eighth day of the month) of the month Shravan/Avani. But there are separate groups of people who observe the birth star for the month of Avani, which is Rohini nakshatram. Adiyen would refer to a difference in the nomenclature depending on when the special day is celebrated. If it celebrated on ashtami, it would fit in with the terms – Gokulashtami or Janmashtami. Adiyen’s ancestors always celebrated it on the Rohini star-day – therefore that would be Krishna Jayanthi for me, or simply Sri Jayanthi. ‘Sri Jayanthi’ or even the shorter version, ‘Jayanthi’ are words unique to the Sri Vaishnava community used with reference to the birth day of the lord.

Anyway, what does one do when most of the country observes it on one day, and another group celebrates it on the other? Adiyen celebrated it on both days! Gokulashtami was celebrated as half my family observe it on the ashtami day. Sri Jayanthi was celebrated on the next day as it has always been special to me being Rohini nakshatram.

SRI JAYANTHI AND GOKULASHTAMI!

For Gokulashtami, adiyen did pooja to the Krishnar padam (photo of the lord), with flowers and slokas. 

Sri Krishna with pasu maadu (cow)

Udipi Sri Krishna

Radhey Shyam

Sri Jayanthi was extra special. For the Rohini nakshatra thirunaal,  adiyen made a special crib to symbolise Sri Krishna’s childhood days. Fruits were also hung in the cradle in typical Karnataka style (I thank my father for bringing me up with this unique practice).

Thavazhara Krishnar - Here Sri Krishna, in the Koil Azhwar, is on a silver swing (oonjal), which rests on a wooden swing!

Makhan Chor! - Vennalainda Krishnar in a cradle represented by a chapparam (structure found in temples), with the fruits for His delight!

Happy birthday, oh darling of the gopikas! We adore You!

Dear Krishna… ashtami or not, I have got your back covered (celebrations met) for both days! 🙂 You can count on me for that!

Srimathe Ramanujasya Charanau Sharanam Prapadye l

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l