JCO would like to wish you heartfelt good wishes on this auspicious Janmasthami. May Lord Krishna's grace always be with you !!!!
Let's celebrate the glory of Shri Krishna as he ascended to destroy the evil from the face of earth. Janmashtami (also known as Krishnastami or Gokulastami) is the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu, believed to have been born about five thousand years ago in Mathurs in 'Dwapar Yuga'. It is celebrated in the August/September months.
This religious festival celebrated by every Hindu all over the world. They spend the day immersed in Shri Krishna's glory by reading, reciting and singing his divine leela especially in the evening in mandirs. Temples of Lord Krishna are decorated most beautifully and children are adorned as Lord Krishna and Radhika, his spiritual beloved. Krishna Leela or the plays depicting scenes from Krishna's life, especially childhood, are performed. At midnight, the Lord's birth hour, arti is performed. He is also installed in the form of 'Lalji' (child form) in a swing and devotionally offered many sumptuous food dishes. 'Makhan' (butter) is especially included since Shri Krishna loved this in childhood.People fast on this day, usually a waterless fast.
We've been lucky to visit Lord Krishna's birthplace twice, once I was so young and last year we took our daughter with us. Sadly I have to say that except little more security nothing has changed as far as the cleanliness of the surrounding area of this holy place, is concerned. It is a matter of regret ! So instead of getting any prasad ( sanctified pure vegetarian food ) we just got Lalji ( child form idol ) and his Swing, for blessing and that lightens up our room everyday !
This year our daughter is volunteering at Bhaktivedanta Temple , where Manor’s spectacular Janmashtami festival is expected to attract over 70,000 pilgrims to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna.
We celebrate this day with lots of joy and enthusiasm, as our son was born around this time nearly 18 yrs ago. We do observe fast too, but we consume milk based dishes and fruit, If Krishna was born in the 21st century I bet Krishna would have hated it as they use shampoo and many harmful chemicals in making milk in India..! Krishna's love for milk and dairy, we do offer him dairy based sweets and every Asthmi I prepare something for prasad (sanctified pure vegetarian food) , this year we have Dodha Barfi !!
Doodh means Milk and Barfi translates Fudge, is a basic sweet confectionary in India, similar to western world it's made with milk, sugar and flavoured with aromatic spices such as cardamom , saffron and fruit extract. Dodha Barfi, traditionally recipe envolves caramelizing whole milk from scratch, simmering it slowly over stove top for hours, but you can make with already shop bought khoya (milk solid), I do not use shop bought khoya but make at home with Ricotta cheese. By using homemade khoya, I do save lots of time in making this Barfi..Divine, delicate and melt in your mouth Dodha Barfi came out perfect. These make gorgeous edible gifts, tie with festive ribbons and present them to friends or your loved ones and indulge in the glory of doing a fine deed..:)
You will need :-
Place 3 tbsp ghee in a heavy bottom pan or kadai
Add khoya and roast on a slow heat till it gets medium brown. ( it will take 20-25 minutes )
Meanwhile in another pan make sugar syrup by adding sugar and 1/4 cup water. Boil and simmer for 5-6 minutes.
Add sugar syrup in to roasted khoya and keep stirring, add cardamom powder and whole nuts.
Mix everything for 4-5 minutes on a medium flame.
Transfer a mixture into a greased tray and level it out with spoon.
Let it cool completley and cut them into desire shape.
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