What is the main Prasad of Janmashtami?
The main Prasad (blessed food offering) of Janmashtami varies based on regional traditions and individual preferences. However, one of the most iconic and commonly offered Prasad items during Janmashtami is “Makhan Mishri.”
Makhan Mishri is a simple yet significant offering that consists of two main components:
- Makhan (Butter): Butter symbolizes Lord Krishna’s playful and mischievous nature, particularly his love for stealing butter from the homes of the villagers in his youth.
- Mishri (Sugar Crystals): Mishri is crystallized sugar and represents the sweetness of devotion and the joyous occasion of Krishna’s birth.
To prepare Makhan Mishri, butter and sugar crystals are mixed together. This mixture is then offered to the deity as a symbol of love and devotion. After the offering, Makhan Mishri is distributed as Prasad to devotees, who consume it with reverence.
While Makhan Mishri is a prominent Prasad for Janmashtami, other sweets and dishes made from milk and dairy products, such as milk sweets (like peda, burfi, and kheer), are also commonly prepared and offered as Prasad during the celebrations. The selection of Prasad can vary based on cultural and regional traditions, but the essence remains the same: to offer a pure and heartfelt token of devotion to Lord Krishna.