Spiritual Significance : Janmashtami


Each day of a week is dedicated to a particular god in the Hindu pantheon. Apart from the special Vratas and Upvaas, many Hindus also fast on a particular day in a week. So, if you want to worship all avatras and forms of god in particular, you get one whole day to shower your devotion to the god!  Thursday is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Brihaspati, the guru of gods. Krishna is worshipped today being Janmashtami. Devotees worship and visit any krishna temple nearby.


वसुदॆव सुतं दॆवं कंस चाणूर मर्दनम् ।
दॆवकी परमानन्दं कृष्णं वन्दॆ जगद्गुरुम् ॥

vasudeva sutaṁ devaṁ kaṁsa cāṇūramardanam |
devakī paramānandaṁ kṛṣṇaṁ vande jagadgurum ||

Word to word Meaning :

vasudeva sutaṁ : son of Vasudeva; devaṁ : the divine; kaṁsa cāṇūramardanam : killer of kaṁsa and cāṇūra; devakī paramānandaṁ : one who gives great joy to Devakī; kṛṣṇaṁ : to Kṛṣṇa; vande : praise, salutations; jagadgurum : to the guru of the universe;
Meaning :

I offer my obeisance’s to Lord Kṛṣṇa, the beloved son of Vasudeva, who killed the great demons Kaṁsa and Cāṇūra, who is the source of great joy to Mother Devakī; and who is indeed a world teacher and spiritual master of the universe.

Lord Krishna is worshiped on Wednesday. Wednesday is dedicated to planet Mercury. Lord Vitthal is also worshiped on this day as well. Budha or Mercury is regarded as the wisest and the bestower of wealth and wisdom to his devotees. Lord Ganesha is the God of prosperity, wealth and wisdom. Hence on this day, worshiping Lord Ganesha is also an appropriate on Wednesdays. Lord Vishnu is also worshiped.  Wednesdays are supposedly good days to start new endeavors because Budh helps to start projects.

So, visiting Vishnu or Krishna or Vitthal or Ganesha Temple nearby is believed to help in leading a peaceful family life. The offering made to Budha usually includes green colored grams like Moong Dal. Black and red color flowers are offered to him. Devotees offer ghee and curd. The fruit offered is grape.

Shloka of the day:

अतसी पुष्प सङ्काशं हार नूपुर शॊभितम् ।
रत्न कङ्कण कॆयूरं कृष्णं वन्दॆ जगद्गुरुम् ॥

atasīpuṣpa saṅkāśaṁ hāranūpura śobhitam |
ratnakaṅkaṇa keyūraṁ kṛṣṇaṁ vande jagadgurum ||

Word to word Meaning:

atasīpuṣpa saṅkāśaṁ — brilliant with the atasī flower; hāranūpura śobhitam — shining with garland and anklet ; ratnakaṅkaṇa keyūraṁ — jewelled bangle and upper arm bracelet; kṛṣṇaṁ — to Kṛṣṇa; vande – praise, salutations; jagadgurum — to the guru of the universe;

Meaning of shloka:

I salute Lord Kṛṣṇa, the Universal Teacher, who is decorated with garlands of Atasī flowers, who shines with jewels around his neck, wearing anklets and bracelets.

Lord Vishnu and his incarnations are worshiped on Thursday. Devotees also worship their Gurus as well. Yellow is the color of the day. In Bengal, they worship goddess Lakshmi. Through ‘pujas’ and ‘vrats’ on Thursdays, it is believed, devotees are blessed with wealth, success, fame, and happiness.

So, visiting Vishnu or any avatars of Vishnu and any of Guru Temples nearby is believed to help in successful life. Specially Devotees visit Krishna Temples to seek his blessings. The offering made to Vishnu avatars and Brihaspati usually includes yellow colored fruits like Bananas. Yellow flowers are offered to him.

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