Culture Education is an essential aspect of the curriculum. Understanding this importance and glorifying Indian traditions with the young generation, Lotus Lap High School celebrates Janmashtami every year. A class 9th student, Kowshika, shares her perception.
Janmashtami also was known as Gokulashtami is an annual Hindu festival. It is celebrated as the birthday of Krishna. Krishna is the eighth avatar of Vishnu. It is observed in the month of Bhadrapada which overlaps with August and September.
It is important festival to the vaishnavism fasting, singing, Dance-dramas, night vigils are a part of Janmashtami celebrations. Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita are recited. According to Hindu calendar, Janmashtami is celebrated on the 8th day of a dark fortnight in the month of Bhadon.
The sole objective of Sri Krishna’s birth and to celebrate Janmashtami is to free the Earth from the evilness of demons. The actual celebrations of Janmashtami take place during the midnight as Sri Krishna is believed to be born on a dark, stormy and windy night.
Why Janmashtami is celebrated?
The birthplace of Sri Krishna was Mathura. King Kansa, the brother of Devaki ruled Mathura. He was a cruel ruler. He tortured the people of Mathura. But there was a prophecy which had predicted that Kansa would die through the hands of Devaki’s eighth son. Kansa was afraid and began to kill Devaki’s sons one after other.
When the eighth son was about to born, Lord Vishnu appeared to Devaki and her husband Vasudeva, told them to take their son to Nanda and Yashoda in Gokul.
When Krishna was born, Vasudeva did the same thing what Lord Vishnu had said and returned back with Yashoda’s Daugther. Later on, Krishna grew up and killed Kansa. Everybody in Mathura rejoiced at the killing of Kansa. Lord Krishna is believed to be born at the midnight on Janmashtami Day.
How it is celebrated in school:
Janmashtami is celebrated as a special assembly where a skit is enacted by the student. A fancy dress competition is also held where girls are dressed up as Radha and boys as Sri Krishna. It is followed by a mesmerizing dance performance and a couple of group songs by students dedicated to Sri Krishna. The students dressed up as Radha and Krishna, give a traditional touch to the entire celebration. There will be a Handi hanging at the center of the courtyard and Radha-Krishna pairs will dance around it. At the end of the program, the Handi will be beaten by the Krishnas and a prize is allotted to the one who hits the Handi.
Kowshika, Class IX
Lotus Lap High School
Fun-filled learning of Indian traditions is a common practice in many schools of India. Such practices infuse within students, respect of their culture; they absorb the significance of different festivals and as a result, imbibe the value system to become a humane citizen.