We, at QNA, understand that with the festival of Janmashtami approaching, there might be many doubts you must have in your mind. To clear the air around many such confusions, we have a little conversation with Dr. Aarti Dahiya.
A Doctorate in Astrology, Dr. Dahiya is also a Tarot Reader, Relationship expert, Vastu consultant, Reiki Grand Master, and Psychic healer.
There is a lot of confusion among people about the date of Janmashtami. Is it August 11th or 12th and why?
Dr. Aarti Dahiya: There is no need to be confused, as per the Panchang, we celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna on ashtami. And if a person ever gets confused, you can always tally the date with Mathira or Vrindavan. So this year, Janmashtami will be celebrated on August 12th.
Do you think like all other festivals even Janmashtami will get affected due to COVID-19?
Dr. Aarti Dahiya: Unfortunately yes. Though the cases are coming under control, the government still cannot take any risks at the moment. Therefore, the Janmashtami in temples will be a very low key celebration with no external crowd.
What kind of measures should people take if they visit the temple?
Dr. Aarti Dahiya: Though I would suggest all of us to stay home and enjoy the festivities with our families, in case you want to visit the temples, people follow the proper guidelines that are given by the government of India.
Let people come out and then enter the temple premises. Also, take sanitisers, masks, gloves, and other precautionary measures.
Try not to touch anyone and anything. Do not offer anything to God and even do not consume anything given by priests.
What Vastu tips should be kept in mind while celebrating the festival at home?
Dr. Aarti Dahiya: The idol of Lord Krishna should be placed in the North West direction. And for colours, I would suggest family members wear Yellow clothes at the time of Pooja.
What food items should be made to please God in the best form?
Dr. Aarti Dahiya: Churma and Makhan mishri are favourites of Lord Krishna, they should definitely be served to him that day. Also, to have a peaceful environment in the family, one should also offer mishri added in milk to Lord Krishna.