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Janmashtami in Art by Kids

August 12, 2020 | By

Aryan (10) and Varun (8) join hands with mom Anantha to celebrate Lord Krishna’s birthday Janmashtami in the lockdown through a variety of art and craft activities at home.

The festival of Janmashtami, which marks the birth of Lord Krishna, was celebrated on August 11th with great enthusiasm and religious fervour. Every year, we celebrate Janmashtami in our household with deep devotion and respect.

When my children were small, we have decked them up as little Krishna. They would then run down to the apartment garden to participate in the Dahi Handi celebrations. They would get wet, dirty and muddy but the butter in their hands and the twinkle in their eyes was worth all the effort.

As they grew up, we later started going to ISKCON every year to witness the grand celebrations. The jhaki , the bhajans, the colourful stalls and the mouth watering Prasad filled our hearts with peace and happiness.

This year, with the on going pandemic, our mobility is restricted and we like others are locked down at our home. So, we decided to celebrate Janmashtami slightly differently, with art and craft. There was a competition which was circulated online by a Gurukul in Muskat, Oman. My older son, who is 10 year old, made a drawing depicting Krishna and Radha in Vrindavan. My younger son, who is 8 year old, made a craft of the divine discus of Lord Vishnu, the Sudarshan Chakra. The Parijata flowers are supposed to be very dear to Lord Krishna. As the flowers were not available here, we made them out of the Origami paper.

Here are the detailed description of all the activities:

Krishna at Vrindavan

Lord Krishna spent most of his childhood days in Vrindavan, a city in Mathura district in Uttar Pradesh.

Loved and treasured by his parents Nand and Yashoda, Lord Krishna spent his childhood in Vrindavan, with his sakhas (friends), grazing cows and spending time with his Radha and other gopis.

Krishna in Vrindavan.This illustration is done by 10-year-old child artist, Varun Narayanan. He used pencils, brush pens, sharpie and crayons for this art.


The Sudarshan Chakra

The Sudarshan Chakra is described as the most powerful weapon of the cosmos, which adorns Lord Vishnu’s index finger like a ring, and has miraculous powers.

The Sudarshan Chakra has 108 serrated blades, and has the capability to travel several million yojanas (1 Yojana = 8 kms) at a blink of an eye.

Lord Krishna also used it to behead Shishupala at the coronation of the Yudhishthira at Indraprastha.

This craft is made by 8-year-old Aryan Narayanan. He used gold, white and red glitter papers, stickers, his toy Beyblade and a stone to adorn the center. He used clear glue to glue all the pieces together..

The Parijat Flower

The night-flowering jasmine or Parijat or hengra bubar or Shiuli is a species of Nyctanthes native to South Asia and Southeast Asia.

According to Hindu Mythology, Parijat appeared as a result of Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean) and was claimed by Indra, the king of the Gods. Later, Lord Krishna battled Indra to win the Parijat as his wife  Satyabhama demanded the tree be planted in the backyard of her palace. It so happened that in spite of having the tree in her backyard, the flowers used to fall in the adjacent backyard of the other queen Rukmini, who was favorite of Lord Krishna, because of her superior devotion and humility.

These flowers is a paper craft , made from Origami paper (white and Orange) and Orange paint.

This summarizes the collective effort from all of us to make the Janmashtami more creative and filled with art and craft.

Lord Krishna

May Lord Krishna be with you and your family, always! Blessings of Health, Wealth, Love, and Happiness.

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Anantha is an IT Professional. Writing is her passion. She writes short stories, small stories for children, play scripts for theater, and also books and movie reviews. She is a professional book reviewer working for a book promotional company based out of United States. She regularly conducts storytelling workshops for kids. She runs a book club for children where kids meet every week to discuss and brainstorm about the books they have read.
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