Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, a festival marking the birth of the Hindu deity Lord Krishna, is celebrated across many parts of India. Mathura and Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna spent his childhood, witness enormous celebrations and display the true spirit of Janmashtami. On this day, devotees observe fasting and chant prayers or bhajans while engaging in special celebrations like breaking Dahi handi, an earthen pot of yoghurt. People also prefer to perform pooja and elaborate Janmashtami decorations at home with lights and flowers to welcome the deity.
The festival is celebrated on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha of the Hindu Bhadrapada month that corresponds with August or September in the Gregorian calendar. According to the Hindu religion, Lord Krishna is the eighth and the most powerful incarnation of Lord Vishnu on earth. He was born on a dark, stormy and rainy night in a prison where his parents were held captive by his uncle. So, Janmashtami celebrations typically begin at midnight.
You can deck up your home to welcome Lord Krishna this Janmashtami with these easy, yet impressive Janmashtami Jhula decorations and baby Krishna costume ideas at home.
Set up a beautiful altar
You can go for a simple, yet elegant decoration for Lord Krishna, which can blend with the design theme of any modern house. People usually have a traditional mandir at home. If you do not have one, you can just set up an altar in a room corner and beautify it with light or oil lamps and flowers. Make sure you add some peacock features to the décor to match the theme.
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Place the idol of Lord Krishna on the altar. You can also go for miniature, colourful terracotta figurines, which look eye-catching and are eco-friendly.
Arrange a dahi handi
Dahi (curd), a favourite of Lord Krishna, should be an integral part of the Janmashtami decoration at home. These items are also offered to the god after the Janmashtami pooja. For a perfect Janmashtami décor at home, place a handi filled with dahi or butter and adorn it with paint designs, mirrors, and golden laces, which are readily available in shops. Fill the pots with cotton, if you do not prefer natural curd or butter. You can also make a provision to suspend the pot from the ceiling.
Include a multi-coloured matki in your Janmashtami decoration ideas. Embellish it with decorative materials such as colourful fabric, sparkle, mirrors or decorative stones, etc.
Make a traditional matki more appealing by painting it in gold, metallic paint. Acrylic and water-based paints are ideal for pot painting. Add decorative stones to enhance it.
DIY Janmashtami jhula decoration ideas at home
Lord Krishna is referred to by other names like Laddu Gopal, Kanha, and Murali. Couples looking to have children on this day pray to the deity. People in many Indian households bring home artistically decorated jhulas, palna or swings for baby Krishna. You can even go for a DIY jhula decoration at home. Create a classic jhula and decorate it with velvet cloth, mirrors, acrylic colours, peacock features and flowers.
You can make a simple Jhula using a wooden slab and arranging it using jute or synthetic ropes. Decorate the Jhula with hand-crafted flowers and peacock feathers.
You can even go for creative designs for Lord Krishna Jhula decoration at home. Check this beautiful Jhula decked up with flowers and gems. You can give it a personalized touch using chocolate packets and balloons for the backdrop.
Design a Krishna Janmashtami with decorations using colorful stones and pearls. Check this artistically handcrafted peacock decoration on the upper side of the Jhula. Beautify it with fresh flowers for a perfect Janmashtami ambience.
An interesting way to decorate the Krishna Janmashtami Jhula is through pearls and decorative stones. This golden-coloured Jhula looks elegant and is adorned with beautiful peacock feathers.
Paper rosettes and pinwheel decorations are excellent ideas for Krishna Janmashtami puja backdrop. You can choose interesting colour combinations for an enhanced visual appeal.
Create a Janmashtami backdrop
Lord Krishna spent his childhood in Vrindavan. You can enhance the Janmashtami home décor by recreating a village-like ambience. Start by using coloured sand for the flooring or Rangolis and grass-like materials. Add miniature figurines of cows, pebbles, small pots filled with cotton, etc., for a perfect backdrop. Place a cradle for baby Krishna. You can include figurines of Krishna’s mother Yashoda, father Nand, and villagers.
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Home temple decoration for Janmashtami
If there is a dedicated mandir at your house, place a Radha Krishna idol in the centre. Decorate the area using modern lighting, traditional oil lamps, and flowers like lotus and tulsi leaves, which are associated with Lord Vishnu. You can also recreate the Raas Leela scene from Vridanvan by using dancing figurines of gopis or the cow-herd girls who had eternal devotion towards the god. Create a Janmashtami look for your home temple by including bells, earthen pots and conch shells for the decor.
Floral decorations for Janmashtami
Incorporate a variety of flowers in the home décor for an ideal Janmashtami ambience. Adorn different areas of the house, such as balcony, doors and railings, with flower garlands, including torans for the home entrance. Place matkis, vases and centrepieces decorated with fresh flowers. Use mango leaves and flowers like roses, lotus, marigolds, and chrysanthemums that are well-suited for the theme.
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Krishna costume ideas at home
Families also love dressing up the kids at home in Krishna’s costumes as part of the Janmashtami celebrations. You can dress up your child in a bright yellow dhoti and a matching kurta or stole, which is more apt for the occasion. Accessorise the look with jewellery, flower garlands and a crown for the toddler, decked with a peacock feather or Mor Pankh. Complete the look with a flute, the musical instrument Lord Krishna loves to play.
You can also decorate the baby Krishna idol with fancy dress materials available in the market these days. It includes yellow bandhej and pagdi or turban that makes the deity look beautiful.
Krishna Rangoli decoration
Rangoli is an integral part of Indian festivals. You can be creative and create elegant rangoli designs. Choose a design that goes well with the theme, such as flute, peacock, Dahi handi, or Lord Krishna.
Design a simple Rangoli featuring Lord Krishna and a peacock theme. This Rangoli is designed with a sketch of Lord Krishna and a mix of green, blue and red hues.
An elegant rangoli Matki decoration with vibrant colours goes well with the Janmashtami décor theme. Include flute, peacock feather and other patterns to make the design more attractive.
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Designing Lord Krishna’s footprints is a popular tradition and can be included in your rangoli design. Adorn the pathway with flower petals.
How can I decorate my room for Krishna Janmashtami?
Here are some interesting ways to decorate your room this Janmashtami. You can install fairy lights to brighten up the mandir at home. Adorn the floor with beautiful and colourful rangoli to welcome the deity. Hang bansuris (flute) and mirrors for decorating the house.
Which colour is best for Janmashtami?
Choose auspicious colours such as yellow, red and orange that go well with the Janmashtami theme.
How to decorate small mandir for Janmashtami?
You can set up a small mandir for Janmashtami puja at home. Decorate the space with fresh flowers such as roses and marigold. Place a Jhula for the deity and adorn it flowers and peacock feather. You can design the Jhula with pearls and decorative stones.
What is the price of Laddu Gopal Jhula design?
Decorative Jhulas for Janmashtami puja are available these days in the price range of Rs 300 to Rs 1,000 or above.
Can you gift Laddu Gopal?
Yes, gifting Laddu Gopal to expecting mothers is consider auspicious, according to Vastu Shastra.
Which is Lord Krishna favourite colour?
Adorn Lord Krishna and the pooja room for Janmashtami puja with yellow colour and peacock feathers.
What is Krishna’s favourite flower?
Kadamba flowers are associated with Lord Krishna. Flowers that can used to worship Lord Krishna include Parijata or Coral flowers, Nandhyavattai or Pinwheelflower and Jasmine.
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