If you've been around here you'll know that Naisha has a very soft spot for the blue God. If you haven't, well you can read about it here and here. It was she who made sure we celebrate Janamashtami with great fervour. Not that there's anything to not like in Krishna. Who wouldn't love a God who's as human as one can be?
This year we planned to make a jhanki - one of my favourite traditions from Lucknow where we'd go to see jhankis on Janamashtami night. Some of the professional ones would be gorgeous with real water flowing and idols moving around. It was one of the few nights we would stay up till late. This was also one of the first fasts I ever tried only because it was simple enough to keep - you could eat so many many goodies - yet had the thrill of being 'really hard' because you got to eat only after Krishna's birth at midnight.
This year we'd planned on making a scene from Vrindavan since I wanted to keep it easy. It turned out great fun. The kids launched off with great enthu.. collecting twigs, painting them and sticking on the leaves. They made play dough gopis and enthusiastically offered up their all their toys.
And so here it is.
That's the backdrop. It is inspired by Shruti's craft you can check it out here. Thanks Shruti :-).
That's the bottom half....
|The the Yamuna flows bright blue while Krishna plays the flute.|
And then we decided to do another one only because my SIL got me this 'jhula' and it was too cute to not use. I couldn't resist putting it up.
|A Krishna on the swing, a peacock feather tucked in, a Yashoda put in and we were done.|
|That's what he looks like up close|
|and that's my Yashoda.|