The festival of Janmashtami is celebrated to mark the birth of Hindu God and avatar of Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna, who is believed to be born at midnight on the eighth day (Ashtami) in the month of Shravan. Krishna is believed to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu.

The legend says that Lord Krishna was born to Devki and Vasudeva, but due to threat from his maternal uncle Kansa, his father took him across Yamuna to Nanda and Yashoda in Gokul.

The 'natkhat' Krishna was destined to end Kansa's life and other evils. His birth is a major festival in Brij, Mathura, Vrindavan and other places, where he used to live. In Maharashtra, famous dahi handi festival is organised, where scores of people participate.

Hindus believe in keeping fast on this auspicious occasion. To enjoy the fast with having something good yet healthy we have a quick recipie.


Five major ingredients in panchamrit are milk, yogurt, ghee, honey and Sugar.


Milk: 1cup,
Thick curd or yogurt: ½ cup,
Sugar; ¼ cup,
Ghee: ¼ spoon,
Honey: 3-4 drops,
Fine chopped nuts (optional) - cashew, coconut, almond, chirongi,
Ganga jal : 1 tsp
tulsi (Indian basil) leaf : 2-3

Method of Preparation: 

Mix milk, yogurt (thick curd), sugar, ghee and honey in a bowl.

Add Ganga jal.

Garnish with fine chopped nuts and tulsi (Indian basil) leaf.



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