People call the eighth day (ashtami) of the second (dark) fortnight of the month of Shravana as Krishna Jayanthi , Janmashtami, Janmashtam, Gokulashtami, Shri Krishna Jayanthi, Krishnashtami, Kalashtami, Gopalkala. Different words that denotes your this day – The day you incarnated in this earth , five thousand years ago, at the end of the third cosmic era , ‘Dwapar Yuga’ and the beginning of the present era, ‘Kali Yuga’. So in simpler terms, Happy Birthday!
All my life You have been my good friend and You know I have looked upon You more as a friend than seeing You as the Supreme Power. I know You are what I and many see as God. I know You are God but then I love You more as a friend and I am sure, You love me for the way I love this way. At times, I have been angry with You also for not being with me at my toughest times, I may have even chided with You as not my friend at all. At times , I would have even tried to make me believe You don’t exist. Still in spite of all that like a wave coming towards the shore again and again, I come back thinking about You as a good friend. I believe I cannot see the bigger picture behind all the tough times I handle all alone at times without You. May be, You will tell me the reasons later. I trust You as a friend so in spite of my occasional anger, disbelief, nothing could shatter our friendship…
You remember how much I would be excited when celebrating Your birthday when I was kid ? Remember, how mom makes the small footprints? She used to mix rice flour and little turmeric with water and make impressions with her folded fist like foot and make tiny toes marks with her fingers 🙂 . She says, It would remind me that tonight i.e. on Krishna Jayanthi , You will make your baby steps from outside the doors of our home to inside.. I would be very thrilled seeing those baby foot prints ! My mom used to say , when I was a baby myself , she used to make those footprints by making me dip my feet in the rice flour , turmeric water mixture and make me walk so that the impression gets on the floor ! Even now , we make these footprints every year on this day!
I used to love your birthday for the wonderful delicious food mom makes for you ! Of course , I get to eat them to gleefully too ! The murukus , Cheedais , Adhirasam ( a sweet dish made out of rice flour and jaggery ) yum yum ! Love those traditional delicacies mom makes for you !
Midnight , we used to keep an Idol of You and decorate You with bright color clothes , adorn you with fresh fragrant flowers , light lamps with ghee , keep those delicacies before You.. and do puja for You . I love those little little things we do for You. It gives a satisfaction , contentment and a calm feeling to our soul..
My wife says in her native in North India ,they do fast the whole day and have food only after doing puja for you at midnight. My friend from Gujarat says that is how they celebrate too in their native.People from different region have their own way of loving you and expressing the love for you but then at the end of the day love is love , whatever way it is expressed. I know You will agree with me.
Its 12’o clock midnight now. They say you were born exactly on midnight . I just finished the puja and continuing the letter to You. There is a quietness in my heart now. A feeling that only You and Me can understand…
I would wind up the letter now , will write more about You later.
Happy Krishna Jayanti to all those who reads this letter. I know this letter to You is an open letter and all your friends , my friends , our friends would read it. On this day , I wish all of them good health , good mind , good thoughts , good will and goodness and wellness forever.
My dear Krishna can be find within me , within you , within all those who reads this letter and even within all those who don’t believe in Him. Open your heart and mind and see within yourself , within oneself and He will smile at You.
Love You All.