Janmashtami is a Hindu festival celebrated with great enthusiasm all over India.
People indulge in making delicious recipes to savor on, after worshiping Lord Krishna. Certain diet is formulated for fasting which is considered auspicious, when observed on the ceremonious occasion. Also known as Upavasa, fasting originated as a part of the offering that one could give to Lord Krishna, on his birthday – Krishnashtami.
In 2017, Janmashtami – Gokulashtami will be celebrated on Monday, 14th August 2017.
There mainly three types of fast relating to Janmashtami -
- Nirjal Fast : The ardent followers of Lord Krishna celebrate Janmashtami by observing Nirjal fasts, which literally means starvation. It is believed that nirjal fasts would help them get closer to the Almighty. They would not consume even a drop of water, all through the day of Janmashtami. The fast is broken only in the midnight, when aarti is performed and prasad are offered to the deity.
- Phalahar Fast : Phalahar vrat is another type of fast observed on Krishna Janmashtami. This is somewhat lenient than the nirjal fast, because the person can consume milk and fruits during phalahar vrat. However, they refrain from cereals and other kinds of food stuff. The fast is broken in the midnight, after Janmashtami Puja.
- Food For Janmashtami Fast : Since Lord Krishna is particularly fond of milk, a variety of dishes using milk and its products are made during the fast. Sweets like Peda, Shrikhand, Kalakand, Vella Seedai, Neyyappam are prepared by the devotees, to offer to Lord Krishna. Sweet dishes including desserts are made at the time, when people observe fast. However, they would not consume the sweet dishes or any other food unless and until they have been offered to Lord Krishna. They would consume the mouthwatering delicacies only after breaking the fast, during the midnight of ashtami.