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THE NAUGHTIEST OF THEM ALL
He grabbed a handful of mud and it disappeared down his throat in a flash before Yashodha could reprimand him. She strode up to him, pulled him to her, and held him tight. “Open your mouth Kanna”, she first said gently, the one with playful eyes shook his head. Yashodha was angered, she raised her voice and said again, “Open your mouth Kanna!” Our naughty boy didn’t budge. She opened his mouth and fainted at the sight she saw. Her son was not like the others, her Kanna, Krishna, Mukunda, Gopala, Nandakumara, he had a hundred names to say the least. This child of hers was the apple of her eye! Her day started and ended with those lotus eyes. That was not the story the villagers had to tell her. This impish child would go around the streets , find an empty house and go on a rampage, he would devour all the milk, ghee, butter and curd that the women had safe-guarded. No pot or vessel was high enough if Krishna had set his heart on it. He had accomplices in his gallivanting and they thoroughly enjoyed the task of getting themselves all the butter & the ghee in the village for free.
Krishna drove the cows and goats to the pastures but what occurred in his daily jaunts was the stuff of myths. Beating and dancing on the head of a deadly snake, cheekily using his tiny finger to lift Govardhan to teach Lord Indira a lesson and most of all dancing his way into the hearts of all the Gopis & Gopikas without any discrimination. He was the life of all the festivities, and made life more livable through his harmless antics. Krishna showered his love on every single being he came across, even his enemies were distracted by his radiance. He gave them an opportunity to repent and then the games would begin, he would toy with them, laugh about it and forgive them. In today’s world of Social Media he would probably be the most popular god and would probably tweet about how he was done playing with demons for the day and share the location of the party he was throwing to celebrate his triumph and the Gopis & Gopikas would flock to him and the party would be a rager. The most sought after bachelor on all the dating apps and the bane of all mothers who stored dairy at home.
Krishna is the supreme being who practiced love and kindness towards everybody. It comes as no surprise that we as his devotees celebrate the birth of Krishna as Krishna Jayanthi, Gokulashtami, Janmashtami, each year and partake in the abundance of love he spread and most of all his forever love of good food. Janmashtami seedai, aval, murukku are the delicacies that always take us back to our childhood and the times that Amma used our feet to make the marks that would start from the door to the wondrous spread in front of Krishna. My mum believes the naughtiest of them comes each year and eats to his heart’s content all that have been made for him with love. This year we bring Janmashtami to the UK, yes you’re reading correctly. Aha Bazaar has sourced all the mouth-watering sweets & snacks such as vella seedai, murukku,thattai and more fresh from India! Head to our Home Page to pre-order some Krishna worthy treats and ensure you treat Kanna and yourself with some drool-worthy snacks from back home. Krishna Janmashtami 2020 in the UK is going to be our humble attempt at pleasing the lord of mischief, help us be a part of it, but don’t worry we won’t come after your snacks once they’re despatched!
Click here to pre-order your Janmashtami snacks and savouries.