We’re currently amidst huge celebrations at Gokula, wherein baby Krishna has just arrived the previous night! Upon seeing the little baby, Yashoda and Nandagopa are thrilled to bits! They’ve never seen such a handsome kid ever in their life till date! This is the same with other people in the town as well. As the news spread across the town, people started swarming into Yashoda’s place to have a glance at the little one! The entire town went up into a rapturous celebration. Every house had bright lamps lit with oil. Every house had garlands fitted to their entrances. It was as if Bhagawan Krishna was born at all their places! Needless to mention, Yashoda’s house too was brightly lit and with all the garlands, etc. People were moving in and out of her house to get a quick glimpse of the little child! The celebration at Gokula was as such Baby Krishna was the center of attraction for all of them!
Even we too do the same thing during the auspicious “Shri Krishna Jayanti” isn’t it? All of us celebrate it with such a grandeur that one would really doubt if Baby Krishna has taken re-birth in all of our homes! 😊 In fact, this is how we should celebrate Bhagawan’s “important days”. Whether it is Shri Rama Navami or Shri Krishna Jayanti, we should celebrate all these festivals with lot of grandeur. This is in fact, one outcome of our ardent “Bhakti” towards Bhagawan. Also of course, to go with all of these, we would get an opportunity to consume lot of nicely cooked food! 😊 Especially during the Shri Krishna Jayanti celebration, it is a norm at most of our places in India that we make different varieties of sweets and savories for our Baby Krishna and in turn, we’re going to consume all of it after offering them to Him! As Bhakti is important for all of us, so is the “Prasadham” (Food offered to Bhagawan) too.
In fact, this is a very important message for all of us – Whenever we go to any temple to worship Bhagawan, we should know what “Prasadham” is famous in which temple! For instance, the moment we think of Tirupati-Tirumala, we would immediately remember the “Laddu Prasaadham” isn’t it? Similarly, if we remember the Parthasarathy Swamy Temple at Triplicane in Chennai, we would immediately remember the “Sweet Pongal”! In similar lines, there are designated “Prasadham” items that are extremely significant in each of the prominent temples in our Bhaarata Desha. Thus, as we worship Bhagawan, He gives out all His compassion and love towards us in the form of the “Prasadham”. Hence, we should make it a point that we receive the “Prasadham” with our utmost gratitude whenever we visit any temple. Since this directly comes from Bhagawan, it is all the more significant. Afterall this is not prepared at any of our homes isn’t it? 😊
Moving on thus, as Baby Krishna is being welcomed, Gokula too witnessed truckloads of “Prasadham” being distributed by Nandagopa and Yashoda to all the people who come to glance the little one! Since Gokula was filled with cows and calves, milk was something that was in abundance! The moment we say “milk”, all the milk products like butter, ghee, curd, etc. start gaining lot of prominence as well! Hence, the Prasadham that was being offered to all of them were all rich in milk content! Afterall Bhagawan Krishna Himself is as pure as the milk’s white color and hence it is needless to even say that the Prasadham was also as pure as the milk! With all this in place, Yashoda and Nandagopa created a nice “queuing system” at their place – People who come to see Baby Krishna, should come in the line, see the baby, glance it, come to the other side, receive the “Prasaadham” and depart! 😊
As people swarm in to witness Baby Krishna, they do not have the heart to take their eyes off the little one! Amongst the many people who came, there were few aged ladies who were like grandmothers. They requested Yashoda thus, “Oh Yashoda! This child is looking so adorable! Can we have the child on our lap for sometime? We would like to pamper the child to our heart’s content!” Upon hearing this request from the grandmothers, Yashoda couldn’t tell a “No” to them on their face, because she had to give respect to their age! Hence she replied thus, “Oh grandmothers! No problem! You can have the baby on your lap, but only for a few minutes. This is because, it is still a new-born baby and there is a possibility of it contracting some diseases if many people touch it at the same time! Hence, please be careful with the baby!” As the grandmothers have the baby in their lap, they smile at it and ask lovingly to the baby thus, “Oh my darling child! Why are you smiling like this? Tell me! Tell me! Who’s your mother? Who’s your father? Where are they?”
As the baby listens to all of these, it smiles even brighter! This was like making fun of these aged grandmothers, who didn’t realize that this baby was none other than Bhagawan Vishnu Himself! However, the baby too decided to conceal its real identity! Thus, it lifts up its small tender fingers, points them at Nandagopa and smiles at him! 😊 Upon seeing this gesture from the little baby, people were thrilled and exclaimed thus, “Oh wow! See how correctly the baby identifies its father! Upon looking at Nandagopa and this baby, both look so alike!”
Upon hearing this from the people, Bhagawan Vishnu didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! Afterall Nandagopa was never His real father! It was Vasudeva! Moreover, who on this earth can be a father of the Father? 😊 It is Bhagawan Vishnu who is the divine father to all of us! Given this fact, how can we proclaim that we are Bhagawan’s father? Anyway, Bhagawan Vishnu was overjoyed with the people’s innocence and the amount of devotion they had towards Him!
So for today, let us also be in this state of experiencing Baby Krishna’s beauty and childish plays. We shall wait till the next episode to continue this experience further! Stay tuned! 😊