Janmashtami 2023: Why Should Take Fast? What to do and what not to do?

Janmashtami 2023: The Hindu festival Janmashtami, also known as Krishna Janmashtami, Gokulashtami, Krishnashtami or Srijayanti, celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu. This date falls on Ashtami Tithi of Krishna Paksha during Bhadrapada month is falls on 6th and 7th of September this year.

One of the major rituals during this festival is the fast, which is observed by many devotees for 24 hours, ending with a midnight feast or “bhog” offered to Lord Krishna. It is important to keep in mind the dos and don’ts while observing fast:

What to do while fasting


Start your fast with a resolution, a solemn vow, affirming your complete devotion to Lord Krishna. Chant the name of Lord Krishna throughout the day.

Eat fruit

Have a pre-fast meal on Janmashtami to improve your digestive system and provide the required strength for the day ahead. Choose fruit or fresh juices for this purpose.

Help the needy

Embrace the spirit of giving by providing food and clothing to the needy. This act of kindness is believed to bring happiness and prosperity, echoing the benevolence of Lord Krishna.

Use of satvik food

Consume only satvik (pure) food on the day of Janmashtami. Avoid ingredients like garlic, onion, meat and alcohol, as these are considered tamasic and not suitable for this holy occasion.

Use of milk and curd

Milk and curd are essential elements of Janmashtami rituals. During the fast, you can enjoy fresh fruit shake, lassi, buttermilk or rose milk.

Make prasad at home

Make Prasad at home on Krishna Janmashtami. Devotees usually make coriander barfi, peda, ghee lauch, coconut gajak and other milk based dishes as offerings to Lord Krishna.

What not to do:

Non-vegetarian food prohibited

Avoid all types of non-vegetarian food during your fast. Consumption of meat and other non-vegetarian items is strictly prohibited during Janmashtami fast.

Avoid consuming tea and coffee

Avoid consuming tea or coffee during your fast, as these beverages can increase acidity and cause discomfort. Instead, opt for coconut water or fresh juice.

Avoid harming animals

In keeping with Lord Krishna’s love for all living beings, especially cows, avoid harming animals. Provide food and water to animals on Janmashtami, promoting respect for all living beings.

Avoid oily food

Limit your intake of fried and oily foods, as they can be unhealthy and harmful to your health. Choose fruits, milk and nutritious fluids instead.

Use clean utensils

Make sure that all utensils used for serving or eating are clean and have not been previously used for cooking non-vegetarian food.

Create a positive environment

Create a peaceful and joyful atmosphere at home on the day of puja. Take special care of the elderly and avoid rude or aggressive behavior.