Janmashtami is celebrated widely across India and is the day of Lord Krishna’s birth. It is a major festival in India, with different states celebrating it differently. Dramas called Ras Lila are conducted in Mathura and Vrindavan and are attended by several people. Another popular Janmashtami tradition is one where a pot of buttermilk is placed at a great height, and young men and boys create a human pyramid to reach and break the pot. This tradition is called Dahi Handi in Maharashtra and Uriadi in Tamil Nadu, and is great fun to watch!
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 Gopal and Radhika’s.
Why do people dress up their kids as Krishna and Radha?
Every mother relates to the naughty little Krishna. Every child is the manifestation of little Krishna and Radha. Full of mischief, causing troubles and yet making everyone around them happy with their antics. Dressing up your little one as Krishna and Radha is a fun activity. If you still haven’t got any Krishna and Radha costume ideas, here is our guide to deck up your little Krishna this Janmashtami.
Krishna Costume Ideas for Kids:-
Lord Krishna loved draping pitambar dhoti, you too can start by draping a Pitambar (yellow silk) dhoti. You can buy dhotis in a small size that are available and drape it. If you wish to make things easier, then opt for a readymade dhoti.
The crown is the most important part of the look. You can get these beautiful ornamental light weight head gears at shops. If you are good at arts and craft, you can make one using some cardboard, glue and golden colored paper. Make sure that this mukut is comfortable for the kid. Attach a beautiful prominent looking peacock feather to decorate the crown with a tape. Tie hair in a top knot and then place the crown on your child’s head.
You will need a long pearl necklace, baju band or arm band, kangans, earrings or stick on earrings and Payal or anklet. To give that authentic look, you can also put a garland made with jasmine flowers around your child’s neck.
All you have to do is apply a Kasturi tilak on your child’s forehead using fresh Chandan paste and some kumkum.
Krishna is incomplete without a flute, so after you have fixed the outfit and the jewelry, make sure you hand a flute to your child. If you do not have a flute you can wrap some golden paper and beads on a small piece of stick and give it to your child as he roams around in the house in Krishna’s attire.
Last but not the least, just like the flute, this is also an important part of the whole look. Little Krishna is as the Makhan Chor or the butter thief, so prepare a small mud pot filled with butter for your very own little Krishna.
Krishna Costume Ideas for Kids:-
Lehenga 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 lehenga for your daughter for this occasion, then buy a Gujarati or Rajasthani style cotton ghaghra.
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 the hair look great too and will make your child look like an authentic Radhika/ gopi.
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
- Ensure that the costume that you choose is comfortable for kids and made from natural fabrics like silk or cotton.
- Keep makeup to the minimum and do not force if your child does not want kajal etc.
- Keep the jewelry light and skin friendly.
- Check all accessories for any sharp edges which can hurt your little one.
You certainly want to take pictures of your cutie pie, so we advise setting up all your photography props in advance. This way, when the baby is ready, you can click his pictures right away, before he does something to ruin his costume! And remember, less is more; don’t over accessorize. Your baby will look adorable even without all the fussy trinkets!