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11 August 2020 16:37

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Highlights The nation is celebrating Janmashtami today (August 11, 2020) Saffron rice could be a delicious prasad option for Laddoo Gopal This dish is made with the goodness of rice, saffron, milk and more The nation is celebrating Janmashtami today. Janmashtami is one of the most significant festivals of India. On this day, devotees prepare a variety of prasad to pay their obeisance to the deity. And there's truly a gamut to experiment with when it comes to Janmashtami prasad since the festival is celebrated around the country with much fervour and enthusiasm. If you are also looking for a delicious prasad for your Ladoo Gopal, this saffron rice could be an option.

This fragrant and sweet rice dish is made with the goodness of rice, saffron, milk, whole spices and jaggery. The sweet tones of jaggery are accentuated by milk, saffron and cinnamon. Saffron rice is very easy to prepare, it only takes a few minutes to put it together. All you need is to boil the rice in advance and mix it with the assorted spices. Try this recipe and let us know how you liked it in the comments section below.

The Covid-19 pandemic is changing the way, major festivals are being celebrated. Shri Krishna Janmashtami will also take a virtual route this year. Janmashtami celebrations witness lakhs of devotees visit various temples to offer their prayers and seek blessings. However, this year temples are going to follow strict social distancing guidelines and devotees will be able to join the celebrations from their homes - virtually. ALSO READ: Krishna Janmashtami 2020: History, significance, date and time of celebration Archit Das, Director, Iskcon (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness), Dwarka, says" Every year there are more than five lakh people who visit the temple on Janmashtami but this year, we might only witness 5000-10,000 people. Also, not more than 40 people will be allowed inside the temple and per person, only 30 seconds will be allotted for darshan." Adding that this year no marquees will be set up, he says, "Only the 'Abhishek' will be on a grand scale and we will be live streaming it on our Youtube channel for everyone. Everything will be live streamed that day for 24 hours." ALSO READ: Krishna Janmashtami 2020: Wishes and quotes to share with your family and friends Celebrations will be low-key in many temples this year due to the pandemic. Dance and cultural performances, which used to take place every year, are not happening this time on the main day. This year the celebration will be restricted to only the temple hall, we are not setting up 'jhanikiya' (tableaux) or any big 'pandals'," says Vrajendranandan Das, director communications, Iskcon East of Kailash. Devotees who will not be able to visit the temple for darshan but can witness everything live, virtually. "Maha Abhishek will take place at 10.p.m which will be till midnight followed by a maha aarti at 12.30 a.m. and at 1 a.m. the temple will be closed. All of this will be telecasted live as well as on our Youtube channel and our Hare Krishna TV for all those who cannot visit the temples for darshan on the day," he adds. Janmashtami celebrations in Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh witnesses influx of devotees from across the world. This year due to the pandemic, no public events will be held. The Iskcon temple in Vrindavan is holding a virtual event to keep the festive vibes alive among the people. Saurabh Trivikram, Director, communications, Iskcon Vrindavan, says, "We will be celebrating Janmashtami virtually this year. Our programme will mainly start at 10 p.m with 'Abhishek', throughout the day we will be virtually available on zoom as well, so if anyone wants to join that, they can contact us and we will be providing the links. There will be all day long bhajans and kirtans in the temple hall only. This year due to the pandemic,no performances will be happening. There will be no dance festival this year." When is Krishna Janmashtami 2020? Date and meaning of the Hindu festival – and how it's celebrated in the UK and India The Hindu festival promotes togetherness – but will be celebrated differently this year due to coronavirus Hindu festival Janmashtami is celebrated in various parts of the world to mark the birth of the god Lord Krishna. This year's edition takes place across two days, on 11 and 12 August. Hindus usually sing a series of songs and maintain a vigil into the night to mark the occasion. It is the latest in a series of religious festivals to be hit by the coronavirus pandemic. What does Janmashtami celebrate? Janmashtami is designed promote goodwill and the victory of good over evil, and is one of the most widely-marked festivals in India. It honours Krishna Janmashtami, or the birth of Lord Krishna, who is believed to tbe the eighth avatar of the Hindu god Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna was said to be born on the eighth day (ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapada. The festival is especially celebrated in the Indian city of Mathura, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, which is said to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna. According to popular tales from mythology, Lord Krishna's uncle, King Kansa, wanted to kill him because of an akashvaani or pronouncement that he would be killed by him. On Janmashtami, devotees honour Lord Krishna's birth night and his victory over King Kansa. How is Janmashtami marked? Believers fast the whole day, spending the time singing devotional songs. They also maintain a vigil into the night as it is believed that Krishna was born at midnight. The fast is broken the next day when the Ashtami Tithi is over. The festival usually promotes togetherness, seeing large multi-generational families gather with other families and friends. However, with coronavirus surging in India and mass gatherings banned elsewhere in the world, including in the UK, this year's festivities are expected to be much more low-key. Covid-19 cases have hiked by more than 60,000 in India for the third consecutive day, bringing the country's total infections above 2.2m, third-highest in the world behind the US and Brazil, according to Johns Hopkins University, which has tracked the pandemic.