Janmashtami Puja Procedure with Mantras, Krishnashtami Pooja Vidhi

Here is the detailed Janmashtami puja procedure with mantras. This Krishnashtami pooja vidhi article also includes the list of items or material required for Sri Krishna Gokulashtami Pujan. There will be slight differences in steps involved in Janmashtami puja procedure from place to place (South India & North India), but the generalized puja vidhanam is given here. In 2016, Janmashtami date is August 24 / August 25. In 2016, Ashtami Rohini date is August 24.

Preparations for Krishnashtami Puja

Devotees perform ritual bath during the festival and sanctify the pooja room or place. Before the puja started, devotees draw footprints of Lord Krishna. They believe that Krishna arrives to their homes on Janmashtami. The drawings of footsteps of Krishna are done with rice flour and colourful paints.

Women and men observe fast on Janmashtami and the fast is broken in the evening or night after performing puja. The clay idol of Krishna is worshipped in some places whereas the image or other type of Krishna idol is worshipped in other places.

Items required for Janmashtami Pujan

New clothes for Lord Krishna

bansuri (flute) and zewarat (ornaments) for Lord Krishna (not essential)

Shankha (conch shell) (not essential)

Pooja thali (a metal plate containing the ingredients necessary for poojan)

Ghanta (bell),

Diya (earthen lamp)

Chawal(rice)

Elaichi(cardamom)

Supari (betel nut)

paan patta (betel leaves)

Mauli thread

Gangajal (Sacred water)

Sindoor (vermillion paste) for ‘tika’

Agarbatti (incense sticks)

flowers

Ghee (clarified butter)

‘Panchamrit’ – milk, curd, gangajal, honey and ghee.

Janmashtami Mithai (sweets for Janmashtami)

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Detailed Puja explained here

Take a white or yellow cloth and place the image or the idol of Lord Krishna on it at puja place. Keep the puja items at your puja place & light a diya (deepam).

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The Shodashopachar Puja (16 steps of Puja) is given here with all the needed mantrams

Pavitrikarana

Before starting puja, spill some water on puja items, puja place, and the idols or images of Lord Krishna & all other idols at puja mandap by chanting the Pavitrikarana mantra.

Om Apavitrah Pavitro Vaa Sarvavasthaam gathopi vaa

Yah smareth Pundarikaksham sah bahyabhyantara shuchi

Achamanam

Take water for three times and sip it by chanting the Achamanam mantra

Om Keshavaya namah, Om Madhavaya namah, Om Govindaya namah.

Wash hands and visualize Lord Ganesha & pray to Lord.

Ganapathi Puja

Om Lakshmi Narayanabhyam namah

Om umamaheshwaraya namah

Om vani hiranyagarbhabhyam namah

Om shachi purandarabhyam namah

Om matru pitrucharana kamalebhyo namah

Om grama devatabhyam namah

Om sthaana devatabhyo namah

Om kuladevatabhyo namah

Om vastu devatabhyo namah

Om sarvebhyo brahmanebhyo namah

Sumukaschaika eka dantashcha kapilo gajakarnakah

Lambodaro vikato vighnanasho vinayakah

Dhumrakethu ganadhyaksho balachandro gajanana

Dwadashaitani namani yah pateth shrunuyaadapi

Vidhyarambhe vivahe cha praveshe nirgame thatha

Sangrame sarvakaryeshu vighnasthasya na jaayathe

Sankalpam

Take water, kumkum & akshata and leave them on the floor by chanting this Sankalpam mantram

Om vishnur vishnur vishnuh sri madhbhagavatho mahapurushasya vishno ragnayi pravarthamanasya aadhya brahmano dwitiya pararthe swetha varaha kalpe jambu dweepe bharata khande cha aarya varthaika deshantaragathe punyakshetre kaliyuge kali prathama charane masana matthame shravana maase (Bhadrapada maase for North India) Krishna pakshe ashtamyasam thithou, Rohini nakshatra, shubha vasare, amuka (chant your gothra) gothrah, amuka (chant your name) ham Janmashtami punyavasare bhagavatho mahapurushasya krishnasya visista pujanaam aham karishye

Deepa Puja

Put kumkum and Akshata at Deepa (diya) by chanting Deepa mantram

Dho deepoo! Deva rupasthwam karmasakshi hya vighnakruth, yavath karma samapthih syath thavadatra sthiro bhava ! Om deepa devatayai namah!

Kalasha Puja

Install the Kalasha (Ghata) just before the Krishna idol at the right side. Put tilak to Kalash with Kumkum at four sides of the Kalasham by chanting the Kalasha puja mantram

Purve Rugvedaya namah! Uttare Yajurvedaya namah! Pashchime Samavedaya namah! Dakshine Atharva Vedaya namah!

Fill water in Kalasha by chanting this mantra

Gange cha yamune chaiva Godavari saraswati narmade sindhu kaveri jalesmin sannidhim kuru !

Gandham

Put chandan or kumkum in Kalasha water

Gandha dwaraan duradarsham nitya pushtankari shinim

Eshwarim sarvabhutanam tamipopahwe shriyam

Put akshata & a betel nut in kalasha by chanting ‘Akshatan Samarpayami’ & this slokam

Om yaa phalini yaa aphala apushpaa yashcha pushpin

Bruhaspatih prasutasthanno mushyanti (goom) hasah

Place Pancha Pallava (five auspicious leaves for Puja or you can put a betel leaf) inside the Kalasha & keep coconut on the Kalasha. Offer Chandan, Dhupa, Deepa, Pushpa & naivedya to Kalasha by chanting this mantra..

Kalashasya mukhe Vishnu kante rudra samashritha

Moole tatra sthitho brahma madhye matrugana sthithi

Kukshou thu sagara sarve saptadwipa vasundhara

Rugvedo yajurveda samavedo atharvana

Angaishcha sahita sarve kalasham thu samasrita

Athra gayatri savitri shantih pushtikarasthatha

Ayanthu yajamanasya duritakshaya karaka

Om kalashastha devata upam pathaye namah

Guru Puja

There is a great importance for Guru Puja in Sri Krishna Puja. Visualise Lord Krishna as your Supreme Guru and pray to Him by chanting Guru Brahma Mantram.

Gurubrahma gururvishnu gurudevo maheshwara

Guru sakshath parabrahma thasmai sri gurave namah

Mookam karothi vachalam pangum langhayathe girim

Yath krupaa thamaham vande paramananda madhavam

Now Sri Krishna Puja begins with Dhyanam

Dhyanam

Visualise Lord Krishna in your mind & heart by chanting this mantra

Barha peedam natavaram dwayu karnayo karnikaaram

Bibhradwaasa kanaka kapisham vaijayantim cha maalam

Randraan venuratha rasudhaya poorayan gopabrundai

Brindaranyam swapada ramanam pravishad gitakeerthi

Dhyanam samarpayami, Sri Krishnaya namah

Aasanam

Place a flower at Sri Krishna idol by chanting Aasanam mantra

Om purusha ye vedam yadbhutham yaccha bhavyam

Uthaamrutatwa syeshano yadannenathi rohati

Pushpasanam samarpayami

Padhyam

Spill two drops of water on Sri Krishna

Om ethavanasya mahimatho jyayashcha purushah,

Paadodasya vishwabhutani tripadasyamritam dithi

Padhyam samarpayami namah

Arghyam

Offer water, kumkum, chandana, akshata & flowers to Lord.

Thamrapathre sthitham thoyam gandha pushpa phalanvitham,

Nahiranyam dadhamyarghyam gruhana parameshwara

Achamanam

Spill few drops of water in front of the idol

Sarva theertha samaneetham sugandhi nirmalam jalam,

Achamanartha mayaa dattam gruhaana parameshwara

Snanam

Spill few drops of water on Krishna with a flower

Gange cha yamune chaiva Godavari saraswati,

Narmade sindhu kaveri jalesmin sannidhim kuru

Snanam samarpayami namah

Dugdham

Offer milk to Lord in a bowl

Kamadhenu samudbhutam sarvesha jeevanam param,

Pavanam yagna hethushcha payah snanartham arpitham

Dugdha snanam samarpayami namah

Dhadhi

Put curd in the same bowl by chanting this mantra

Payasasthu samudbhutam madhuramlam shashi prabham,

Dayasanitham mayaadeva snanartham pratigruhyatham

Dhadhi snanam samarpayami namah

Ghrutham

Put ghee in same bowl by chanting this mantra

Navanitha samutpannam sarva santosha kaarakam,

Ghrutham tubhyam pradasyami snanartham prathigruhyatham

Ghrutha snanam samarpayami namah

Madhuvu

Put honey in same bowl while chanting this mantram

Tharu pushpa samudbhutam susvadu madhuram madhu,

Tejah pushtikaram divyam snanartham prathigruhyatham

Madhu snanam samarpayami namah

Sharkara Snanam

Offer sugar in a bowl to Lord Krishna

Ikshusara samudbhuta sharkara pushtikaraka,

Malaapa harikaa divya snanartham prathi gruhyatham

Sharkara snanam samarpayami namah

Then, offer bath with pure water..

Achamanam

Spill few drops of water on the idol

Kaveri narmade veni Tungabhadra saraswati

Gange cha Yamuna thoyam mayaa snanartham arpitham

Shuddha jala snanam samarpayami namah

Vastropa Vastra

After cleaning the idol neatly, offer vastra to the Lord

Bhushadi sowmye loka lagna nivarine,

Bhayopapadithe thubhyam vapasee prathi gruhyatham

Tilaka

Put Tilak to Lord with Chandan & Kumkum

Shrikhanda chandanam divyam gandhadyam sumanoharam,

Vilepanam surasreshta chandanam prati gruhyatham

Akshata

Offer akshata to the Lord

Akshatashcha surasreshta kumkumaktah sushobhitah

Mayaa niveditha bhakthya gruhaana parameshwara

Akshatan samarpayami namah

Pushpa

Offer various types of flowers to Lord Krishna

Pushpaani samarpayami namah

Put some chandan on Tulsi leaves and offer them to Lord by chanting this mantra

Idam sachandanam tulasi dalam samarpayami

Dhupam & Deepam

Offer dhupa & deepa

Vanaspati rasodbhutah gandhadyah sumanoharah

Aaghreyah sarva devanam dhupoyam prathigruhyatam

Dhupam, Deepam darshayami namah

Offer Naivedyam

Offer various types of food offerings (bhog) to Lord

Om krishnaya vasudevaya naivedyam nivedayami namah

Achamanam

Spill water on Naivedyam for 5 times by chanting this mantra

Om pranaya swaha, om apanaya swaha, om samanaya swaha, om vyanaya swaha, om udanaya swaha

Phalam

Offer various types of fruits to Lord

Idam phalam mayaa deva sthapitham purathaswa,

Thena mem saphalavapthih bhavejjanmani janmani

Phalam samarpayami namah

Thambulam

Offer thambualm (betel leaves, cloves, betel nut & cardamom)

Pushpanjali

Take flowers in both hands and offer them to Lord

Naana sugandha pushpani yatha kalodhbhavani cha,

Pushpanjalir mayaa datta gruhana parameshwara

Namaskara

Pray to the Lord

Krishnaya vasudevaya haraye paramatmane,

Pranatha klesha naashaya govindaya namo namah

Mantra Japam

Chant below mantra for 15 minutes

Om krim krishnaya brahmanya devaya namah

Prathana

Pray to the Lord for prosperity, health & wealth

Namo brahmanya devaya go brahmanya hithaya cha,

Jagaddhitaya krishnaya govindaya namo namah

Then, offer Aarti to the Lord and distribute tirtha & prashad among devotees.

                     OM SRI KRISHNAYA NAMAH

Sri Krishna Janmashtami Puja Muhurat 2016, Best time to perform Krishnashtami Pujan

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17 Comments

  1. Radhika pai says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the details of the puja..
    Radhik

  2. Rajni Ahuja says:

    Hathi ghoda Palki jai kanhaiya Lal ki

  3. Rajni Ahuja says:

    Very nc Thanx Guruver

  4. Alka Kumari says:

    Very nice. Thank you

  5. Jai sree Krishna Paramanandha Madhava Jai. Shuvha Janmashtami. Pray that He directs our INTELIGENCE in the right direction.
    Amal Mukherjee

  6. Chetan says:

    JAI RADHEY SHYAM KI

    JAI SARI MATAO KI JAI SARE BHAGWANO KI

  7. prevm10 says:

    Thank you very much for so nicely elaborated pooja vidhi with all the mantras. I was lookong for something like this only..
    Great job.

  8. Sudheer Sarma says:

    excellent …. Thanks a lot for telling us all these procedures. Please continue this good work. Hare Krishna.

  9. Rajeevambuj Raj says:

    Its really superbly written ……….so impressive

  10. Chandrashekar Ramamurthy says:

    PLS UNDERSTAND THE ABOVE AND YOU CAN PERFORM THE POOJA

  11. Vijay says:

    Thank you for the very information.
    It was indeed very helpful and we could perform pooja at our home itself.
    God bless you.

  12. Muskan says:

    how to do krishna puja on janmashtami at home

  13. Bansi says:

    Krishnaya Vasudevaya Haraye Paramathmane Pranatha kleshanasaya Govindaya Namo Namaha shrimad

  14. Padma says:

    Thamrapathre sthitham thoyam gandha pushpa phalanvitham Nahiranyam dadhamyarghyam gruhana parameshwara

  15. malavika says:

    its very nice and useful for everyone who perform the pooja 1st time,
    thank u for all.

  16. neerjapiyushtiwari says:

    great help for those who wish to perform pooja at home

    thanx and regards

    neerja