Are you planning to dress up your child as little Krishna this Janmashtami? If you are wondering how to get the look just right, here are a few tips to help you.
By Poongkodi Jose
Hindu mythology is full of stories about the childhood escapades of Lord Krishna. From his love of butter to his playful pranks, Janmashtami is the perfect opportunity to regale your children with tales from our ancient scriptures.
One of the major Hindu festivals in India, Janmashtami celebrations are bound to be more fun if you have a toddler at home. After all, little Krishna's naughtiness and mischievous ways will definitely strike a chord with your child! Also, this is the time when most schools celebrate Krishna Janmashtami with a dress-up day. It has become the norm to dress up young children as Lord Krishna and Radha.
So, If you have a little tyke at home who loves getting decked up, you could portray him as little Krishna. These dress-up days also provide you with an opportunity to introduce culture to your child. What's more, the entire family gets to re-live mythology in the process.
Here are 10 tips on transforming your little one into Lord Krishna:
Lord Krishna is usually depicted as wearing a yellow dhoti, so you could stick to the same colour theme for your little one. You can also go for a silk dhoti with a zari border to give the outfit a rich look. It is a good idea to get a readymade dhoti instead of trying to wrap one around your playful toddler. These days in fact, there are several options available, including dhotis with velcro or elastic.
It is better the crown simple. Also ensure it is not too big and unwieldy for your little one. Make one at home, out of cardboard and then, stick on a piece of golden or zari cloth. Or you can also stick shiny, golden paper and glue pearl beads for a grander feel. Add on a beautiful peacock feather to get the perfect look. Make sure the crown is easy to wear and not itchy or uncomfortable for your child. For older children, you can add more embellishments to the crown.
One cannot imagine little Krishna without a flute. You can either get a simple toy flute or make one yourself. Choose any material with the cylindrical shape of a flute, like a plastic pipe or piece of wood of the desired thickness. Make sure you choose the right length. Stick on colour paper — gold or silver will be a good choice. You can use contrasting colours to give it a nice border.
Lord Krishna was a prince, so go ahead and transform your toddler into one! Matching jewellery for the neck, arms and legs will add a glitzy touch. Just make sure you choose jewels with a smooth finish and free of sharp edges so that these don't scratch or tear at tender skin. Be cautious if using metal accessories as there can be allergic reactions in some children. Avoid using glass beads or any material that can break, so that your child does not accidentally swallow any piece. And finally, make sure the jewellery does not feel too tight or uncomfortable for your child.
Instead of a shirt, wrap a nice silk stole on your child. It is a good idea to tie it properly or pin it carefully with the dhoti so that it doesn’t fall off. After all, your energetic toddler will be running and playing in his costume, so make sure he is comfortable with a stole around him or across his shoulders.
Lord Krishna is often depicted as blue-hued. But avoid using any make-up on your little one, as he can have an allergic reaction to the chemicals present. You could, however, use a safe blue food colour but we suggest that you do a patch test first, just to be sure!
Lord Krishna is known for his love of butter and we have all been regaled with stories of how he would steal butter at home and from the neighbourhood. The whole Krishna theme can be taken to another level with a simple accessory — a small earthen pot with (or without) butter inside. You can paint the pot and dry it beforehand. Also, having your little one play with the pot or pretend to play the flute, will make for some great photographs!
You can use some fresh flowers (provided your child is not allergic to the smell) or artificial ones to make a nice garland. You can also wrap some flowers around your child's wrist. This will add more beauty to the look.
Sudarshana Chakra was Lord Krishna’s powerful weapon. And the good news is, you can make one at home, easily. Cut out a piece of cardboard in a circular shape (5–6cms in radius should be good enough). At the centre of the chakra, make a small hole to fit your child's forefinger. Cut out spikes towards the border of the circle. Finish by sticking silver paper. Your naughty Krishna’s weapon is ready!
Do not use the mehendi cones as these come with chemicals that can have adverse side effects. We also do not recommend the mehendi leaves, especially if you have never used it on your child before. Use safe food colours to make the traditional design with a circle at the centre of the palms and colour the tips of the fingers. You can also colour the borders of your little one's foot. The best time to apply is probably when he is fast asleep!
As a parent, combine the fun of playing dress-up with the glorious stories and mythology behind Krishna Janmashtami. This will help make the festival even more real for your little one. Celebrate the festival as a family and see your little Krishna glow.
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