Janmashtami and Gopalkala is a festival of celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna Bhagwan. On this day variety of sweet dishes are made like laddus, payasam, and kheer or shrikand puri and so on.
Yesterday, on the midnight many people welcome the Lord Krishna by offering him various sweet dishes.
WHY THE JANMASHTAMI IS CELEBRATED IN MIDNIGHT?
It is said that Lord Krishna was born in midnight, hence Janmashtami is celebrated in the midnight and welcome the Lord Krishna by singing, dancing in praise of lord Krishna. The various diary product food offered to God like Butter, Milk based food, Curd.
WHAT IT IS THE REASON BEHIND THE CELEBRATION OF GOPALKALA?
Gopalkala is a simple but delicious dish and little bit salty dish which is prepared during this festival and especially it is offered to Lord Krishna Bhagwan as it is known for his Love for milk, curd, butter. According to the history, it is said that the lord Krishna would graze cattle with his fellow cowherd friends. At the lunch time Lord Krishna mix all the food bought by his friend with his own and make a kala. The kala is a mixture of food with milk, curd, and butter. Hence this day is celebrated as Gopalkala.
WHAT IS GOPALKALA FESTIVAL?
Gopalkala is also known as Dahi Handi (means a pot fill with Dahi) or Utlotsavam. Lord Krishna love milk, curd, butter. So the Lord Krishna along with his friends mischievously steal the butter and curd from the neighboring homes in Gokul. For this it is also called as makhan chor. To stop his mischief stealing of butter and curd, they started to hang the pots high out, so they couldn’t reach till them. But Krishna would find the creative way to reach them, by making a human pyramids (by standing on his friends shoulder to reach the handi).
HOW IT IS CELEBRATED GOPALKALA NOW A DAYS?
It is old tradition method started by lord Krishna. Now a days, it is an entertainment and competitive events among various mandals. It is celebrated by hanging a clay pot which is also called Dahi handi, as it is filled with curd, butter, or milk based food which is kept at a tall height. The young men and women form a team and make a human pyramid and attempt to reach or break the pot. As the successfully do so, the people around them start cheering them, dance and play music to enjoy that moment.
May this Janmashtami and Gopalkala brings happiness in your life and hatred will be far apart from your life. Enjoy the festival with love on your heart and good wishes for others.