Nandotsava: The birth ceremony of Lord Sri Krishna


The birth of Lord Krishna caused a tremendous deal of celebration across Vrindavana. Everyone was giddy with happiness. As a result, Maharaja Nanda, the King of Vraja, decided to conduct the birth ceremony for his kid. Nanda Maharaja generously donated all they asked for to everyone present during this wonderful occasion. Read more about Nandotsava The birth ceremony of Lord Sri Krishna. 

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How did Nanda Maharaja celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna?


Nanda Maharaja was a philanthropist by nature; therefore, when Lord Sri Krishna revealed himself as his son, he was overcome with joy, according to Sukadeva Gosvami. He, therefore, invited Brahmanas, who were adept at reciting Vedic mantras after bathing, purifying, and dressing appropriately. He set up the Vedic birth ritual for his newborn child to be celebrated by the laws and regulations, and he also set up the worship of the demigods and forefathers after having these trained Brahmanas read auspicious Vedic hymns.

As a gift to the Brahmanas, Nanda Maharaja offered two million cows that had been lavishly decked with jewellery and fabric. Additionally, he gave them seven hills of grain that were adorned with jewels and wrapped in material with golden embroidery.

The Brahmanas performed fortunate Vedic chants, whose vibrations cleaned the surroundings. Those who had the skill of reciting ancient histories like the Puranas, those who had the skill of reciting the histories of royal families, and general reciters all sang and played a variety of musical instruments, including bheris and dundubhis, in accompaniment.

The wives and daughters of the cowherd men wished Krishna well, saying, “May You become the King of Vraja and long sustain all its residents.” They prayed and poured a mixture of water, oil, and turmeric powder on the birthless Supreme Lord.

Different musical instruments resounded to commemorate the grand festival as the all-pervading, limitless Lord Krishna, the master of the cosmic manifestation, entered the Maharaja Nanda estate.

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What is the significance of the words ‘nandas tu’?


The meaning of “nandas tu” has been explored by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura. He asserts that the word tu is not necessary to complete the phrase because it is already complete without it. As a result, the term “tu” has a different meaning. Devaki and Vasudeva did not take pleasure in the jata-karma, the celebration of the birth ceremony, even though Krishna seemed to be Devaki’s son. Instead, as indicated below, Nanda Maharaja enjoyed this ritual (nandas tv atmaja utpanne jatahlado maha-manah). Vasudeva could not tell Nanda Maharaja, “Your son Krishna is my son.” In a spiritual sense, you are His father differently. Vasudeva was unable to attend the festival commemorating Krishna’s birth because of his fear of Kamsa; Nanda Maharaja, however, made the most of the chance.

When the chord separating the foetus from the placenta is severed, the jata-karma ceremony can begin. However, where was the chance for this, given that Vasudeva took Krishna to Nanda Maharaja’s home? In this regard, Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura seeks to establish through evidence from numerous sastras that Yogamaya, who is referred to as the Lord’s younger sister, was born before the birth of Krishna as the son of Yasoda. Even if there may be questions about the severing of the umbilical cord, and even though it’s probable that it didn’t happen, such events are taken as truth when the Supreme Personality of Godhead manifests.


Brahma is referred to as Varahadeva’s father since Varahadeva manifested as Krishna from Brahma’s nose. The phrases “karayam asa vidhivat” are also noteworthy. Nanda Maharaja did not notice whether the chord was cut or not since he was so ecstatic over the arrival of his son. He executed the event admirably as a result. Some sources believe that Krishna was truly born as Yasoda’s son. In any event, we can believe that Nanda Maharaja’s celebration of the rite of Krishna’s birth was appropriate without respect to material understandings. As a result, everyone is familiar with this rite as Nandotsava the birth ceremony of Lord Sri Krishna.



How did Nanda Maharaja decorate different places?


Nanda Maharaja’s home, Vrajapura, was entirely decked with various festoons and flags, and several gates were constructed out of flower garlands, scraps of fabric, and mango leaves. Everything inside the interiors of the houses was meticulously swept and water-washed, including the courtyards, the gates near the roadways, and the interior spaces.

He liberally covered the cows, bulls, and calves in a paste of turmeric, oil, and several minerals. They were garlanded, clothed in cloth, and adorned with golden trinkets. Peacock feathers also adorned their heads.


What was described in the Brahma-Samhita?


The gopis were stunningly gorgeous as they made their way to Maharaja Nanda’s home, their jewellery, breasts, and garlands all swaying. Their clothes were a variety of hues, and from their hair, flowers fell like rain into the pavement. The gopis wore exquisitely polished gem earrings in their ears, and metal lockets hung from their necks. They also adorned their hands with bracelets.

Particularly important is the portrayal of the gopis as they approached Maharaja Nanda’s home to greet Krishna. According to the Brahma-Samhita, the gopis were not just regular women but extensions of Krishna’s potency for pleasure.


How did Nanda Mahraja please Lord Vishnu?


To appease Lord Vishnu, the charitable Maharaja Nanda donated clothing, jewellery, and cows to the cowherd men. According to their educational backgrounds, he donated alms to the sutas, the magadhas, the Vandis, and men of all other professions and met everyone’s needs. By doing this, he improved his son’s situation in every way.




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