We celebrated Krishanashtami or Janamashtami with all love, devotion and fondness for God Krishna showing great enthusiasm on his birthday.
He is popular and most loved Indian God all over the world. He is the only God whose childhood we can relate to and become part of it. I knew people who take care of Krishna’s childhood idol as a child, giving Him bath and changing clothes every day. They even serve Him food thrice a day like we take care of our own child. In today’s busy generation, it needs lot of discipline and compassion in heart to take care of an idol, who demands nothing but still you cannot ignore His presence and take care of Him like a child. I really appreciate their devotion and love for the God. Coming back to Janamashtami celebration, this is the day for any gourmand to enjoy all kinds of delicacies cooked and offer to Lord Krishna on His birthday. I remember my Mom cooking at least 5 or 6 types of sweets, kheer and phalahar food with many curries to celebrate this occasion. I wish someday I can blog the sweets she makes on Janamashtami. Instead of barfi we used to call it panjiris and my favorite was and still is Nariyal barfi.
I am a total believer of all the rituals and traditions in our culture. Not being superstitious of doing things in details that are not important, I believe in celebrating festivals and occasions for happiness and association with friends and family. I don’t do things in deep details but try to mark the occasion with things I can do conveniently with a sense of freedom and devotion. Whatever we do on the name of God on any occasion or festival, comes back to our family and friends as “Prasad” to us. Its just the name but in reality we are doing things for ourselves and it help us connecting to people around us. I believe all the rituals have their own significance but due to the changing society we are loosing their gravity in the present times. And it makes sense as we are developed and equipped than horse and buggy days but what is alarming to me is the connection of our younger generation with our tradition and roots.
I can go and ramble much longer on this topic but now its time to talk about the 6th day after the birth of Lord Krishna’s celebration known as “Chatti” or “Shashti” utsav. This ceremony is performed on the sixth day (or within a week after sixth day) after the birth of the child. This is the first ceremony that is performed in the family to celebrate the arrival of child. Bua (father’s sister) performs puja for the mother and the child. Exchange of gifts and laughter completes the festivity of the day. Kadhi Chawal has some significance and it is a must dish to be cooked and served on the occasion.
I never seen my mom doing this chatti utsav back home while growing up but have seen this ceremony commonly after the birth of the child. Chatti is a synonym to kadhi chawal and one can relate the day with this feast. After I got married I heard about Krishna chatti from my Maasi (Mom’s sister). I was intrigued and convinced due to the chance of eating something savory after all the sweets binging on Janmashtami.
I celebrated 6th day after the birth of lord Krishna and offered kadhi chawal, one sweet and his favorite malai mishri. And the same comes back to us as a Prasad that we call “The Feast”.
- 3 cups Desiccated Coconut
- 2 cups Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 2 cups Khoya, grated
- Yellow Color
- 1 tsp. Cardamom Powder
- Few Strands Saffron
- Silvered Pistachios for garnishing
- Grease a square pan with ghee and keep aside.
- Mix khoya and water in a pan and cook on low flame until it thickens and with no lumps.
- Add sugar, mix it and cook for another 7-8 minutes on low flame.
- Mix yellow color, cardamom powder and crushed saffron.
- Check if the mixture is sticky and thicker in consistency.
- Now add coconut, mix it well and switch off the flame.
- Pour the mixture on the greased pan and spread evenly.
- Garnish with pistachios slices.
- Cover it with parchment paper, press it lightly for smooth texture.
- Let it set for 3-4 hours.
- Cut it in to square pieces and serve