How to dress your child in Krishna dress, Radha dress for Janmashtami
Tips to dress your child as Krishna and Radha for Janmashtami
Krishna Janmashtami is coming soon and it is a joyful festival for Hindus. Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated by Hindus to celebrate Lord Krishna birth on this day. This festival is celebrated on the ashtami or eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapad (August–September) according to the Hindu calendar. It is also known as Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti or sometimes simply as Janmashtami.
It celebrated with great fervour in Mathura which is the birth place of Sri Krishna and Gokul and Vrindavan where he spent his childhood. Ras lilas are plays which are conducted on the occasion and depict the life of Lord Krishna. In Maharashtra, the festival’s highlight is dahi handi, where a pot of curd is hung at a height and groups of people try to reach it and break it by making human pyramids. People also fast the whole day taking prasad after midnight, which is considered to be the birth hour of Lord Krishna.
One of the features of this festivals is dressing up little children as Krishna or Radha. Little Krishnas are known as Bal Gopal or kanha and today we will share some tips on dressing up your little Bal Gopals and Radhikas.
Tips to dress your child as Krishna
Get a dhoti kurta in yellow color / white & red color, dhoti with stole
The kurta used in Krishna costume is usually angarakha style with a ready-to-wear dhoti. You can easily get these sets in shops.
You may also dress your little gopal in a dhoti and a scarf or stole. For babies, ensure that you dress them up in cotton costume so that they are comfortable and not too overwhelmed.
Here are a few sets with dhoti kurtas along with all the accessories to make your job easier. You may choose one out of them.
Accessories for Krishna Costume
Krishna Mukut/ Crown, Mor pankh or Peacock feather
If you already have a dhoti kurta, you can buy just a mukut or crown. You may also make your own with some golden paper and embellishments. Peacock feather or mor pankh is a must for a krishna crown.
Flute or Bansuri
No krishna costume is complete without a flute or bansuri. You may get a decorated flute as part of the costume or get a plain one and decorate it using silver/ golden ribbons or gota and embellishments.
Jewellery for Krishna costume
Light-weight, fake jewellery is perfect to make your little krishna look authentic.
Pearl necklaces, little silver payals or anklets, arm bands, bangles etc. are commonly used.
You may also make your own jewellery using silk bands and flowers.
Tips to dress your little girls as Radha
Little girls dressed as Radha look beautiful and festive. My 5 years old love dressing up as Radha and looks forward to the festival.
Lehenga/ ghaghra for girls – Radha costume
You may dress your daughter up in a lehenga choli or ghaghra choli that you have at home. If you are planning to buy a lehengas for your daughter for this occasion, then buy a Gujarati or Rajasthani style cotton ghaghra.
Jewellery/ Accessories for Radha costume
You may make your child wear pearl or fake golden necklaces, silver anklets ,bangles, crown etc.
Flower necklace and armlets also look very beautiful, so you can make those.
Flowers in hair look great too and will make your child look like an authentic Radhika/ gopi.
Makhan Matka/ ghada
A small earthenware or metal ghada which has been decorated using silver/ golden ribbon, mirrors etc. will form a perfect accessory for your little radha.
Points to remember when you dress your kids as Radha, Krishna
- Ensure that the costume that you choose are comfortable for kids and made from natural fabrics like silk or cotton.
- Keep make up to the minimum and do not force if your child does not want kajal etc.
- Keep the jewellery light and skin friendly. Children should not feel overwhelmed by the jewellery. Artificial jewellery can also not suit sensitive skin, so you may choose pearls or flower jewellery too.
- Check all accessories for any sharp edges which can hurt your little one. This also applies for pins, hair clips etc.
Hope these ideas will help you in planning and celebrating Krishna Janmshatami and making this day special for your children and the whole family.