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How to Prepare for Janmashtami Puja and Fasting in 2024

How to Prepare for Janmashtami Puja and Fasting in 2024

Janmashtami, also known as Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, one of the most revered deities in Hinduism. It usually falls in August or September, on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapada according to the Hindu calendar.

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Here are some key aspects of Janmashtami:

Fasting during Janmashtami is a common practice among devotees as a way to show devotion and discipline. The fast typically lasts until midnight, the believed time of Lord Krishna's birth. There are different types of fasting, ranging from consuming only water to eating certain permissible foods. Here's a guide to Janmashtami fasting and some traditional recipes:

Types of Fasting

  1. Nirjala Fast: No food or water is consumed until midnight.
  2. Phalahar Fast: Only fruits, milk, and non-cereal foods are consumed.
  3. Upvas Fast: Light, easily digestible foods like dairy products, fruits, and certain flours (such as buckwheat and water chestnut) are allowed.

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Permissible Ingredients

  • Fruits: Bananas, apples, berries, etc.
  • Dairy Products: Milk, yogurt, paneer, butter.
  • Non-Cereal Flours: Buckwheat flour (kuttu), water chestnut flour (singhare ka atta), amaranth flour (rajgira).
  • Other Ingredients: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peanuts, sabudana (tapioca pearls), coconut, rock salt (sendha namak).

Traditional Janmashtami Recipes

  1. Sabudana Khichdi:

    • Ingredients: Sabudana (soaked), potatoes, peanuts, green chilies, ghee, cumin seeds, rock salt, coriander leaves.
    • Method: In ghee, temper cumin seeds, add diced potatoes and cook until tender. Add soaked sabudana, peanuts, green chilies, & rock salt. Cook until sabudana becomes translucent.  Buy now:- Golden Agarbati Stand
  2. Fruit Salad:

    • Ingredients: Assorted fruits (banana, apple, grapes, pomegranate), honey, lemon juice, mint leaves.
    • Method: Chop the fruits into bite-sized pieces, drizzle with honey and lemon juice, and garnish with mint leaves. Buy now:- Stylish Bowls
  3. Kuttu Ki Puri:

    • Ingredients: Buckwheat flour, boiled potatoes, rock salt, water, ghee/oil for frying.
    • Method: Mix buckwheat flour, mashed potatoes, and rock salt. Knead into a dough using water. Roll out small puris and deep fry in ghee or oil until golden brown.

Tips for Fasting

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, coconut water, or milk to stay hydrated.
  • Eat Nutritious Foods: Include a variety of fruits, nuts, and dairy products to ensure you get adequate nutrients.
  • Avoid Overeating: Break your fast gradually with light foods to avoid digestive issues.


These recipes and tips can help you observe Janmashtami fasting with devotion while enjoying delicious and permissible foods.


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