Balaram Jayanti is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna’s elder brother Lord Balarama. The birth anniversary of Haldar Shri Balaram is celebrated with great glee and pomp in Brij and other regions of the country. Moreover, the rituals and traditions of the Balaram Jayanti also differ across the regions. In some regions, this Jayanti is observed on the day of Akshaya Tritiya while some celebrate it on the Shravan Purnima. Some people celebrate it in the month of Vaisakh too.
In the north side of the country, Balaram Jayanti is also known as Shashti or Lalahi Chhath. Besides this, the natives of Gujarat recognize this Jayanti as Baldev Chhath or Randhan Chhath. There is a specific muhurat to perform the rituals. Read the blog to know about the date and muhurat of Balaram Jayanti 2023.
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Significance Of Balaram Jayanti
Shri Balaram is Lord Krishna’s elder brother and the incarnation of Sheshnag. He is also considered the 9th incarnation of Lord Vishnu who was born to Vasudeva and Rohini. His idol is usually placed next to Lord Krishna’s idol in the temple. Devotees worship Lord Balaram to seek mental and physical strength. Lord Balaram had immense physical strength and with the help of his power, he defeated the giant demon, Asura Dhenuka.
Balaram Jayanti 2023 will fall on 5th September 2023. Just like every year, people will observe fast on this Jayanti too.
Rituals Of Balaram Jayanti
Devotees wake up early in the morning and take a bath, followed by preparing the Puja thali on the occasion of Balaram Jayanti. Flowers and leaves are then placed around the temple in preparation for Puja. The idols of Lord Krishna and Lord Balarama are placed and adorned with beautiful jewelry and outfits. Lord Balarama and Lord Krishna are worshiped in all temples where the celebration is held. On this day, devotees observe a fast by abstaining from eating until noon.
Saints and devotees offer holy baths to Lord Balarama and Lord Krishna's idols with panchamrit. In addition to offering special meals to the deity, devotees prepare sacred food that is then distributed to all the family, friends, and neighbors. Dances and songs are sung on this day to celebrate the occasion.
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Some Special Worshiping
It is during the monsoon season that Balarama Jayanti falls. Haldhar is a name given to Lord Balarama because he was very attached to nature. People having farms or a garden try to plow on their fields during this day. Additionally, farmers pray to Lord Balaram to protect their crops from any kind of damage. Natives who do not possess any farm can place a plant in their house and nurture it in order to appease the Lord. Moreover, planting a neem tree in the house can also help to please him.
People conclude the puja by preparing bhog and offering prayers to Lord Balarama by chanti a sacred mantra; || Om Haldharay Sankarshanaya Namah ||
Moreover, it is always better to consult an expert Astrologer. They can guide the best. Majorly the temples of Punjab and Puri are famous for the celebration of Balaram Jayanti. Apart from them, temples like Ananta Vasudeva mandir, Baliyan temple, Baladev mandir, etc. are also famous.
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This blog was all about the Balaram Jayanti 2023 and its significance. People observe fast on this day and offer prayers to Lord Balaram to seek blessings for their physical and mental well-being. Moreover, farmers also pray to him for the protection of their crops. Lord Balaram is known for his immense cerebral strength. He has defeated the great demons.