Janmashtami (also Krishna Janmashtami, Krishna Ashtami, Gokul Ashtami) is a popular Hindu festival. Hindus observed this festival to celebrate the birthday of their beloved God Sri Krishna. This festival is very popular among kids.
When is Krishna Janmastami observed? Sri Krishna was born at mid-night of this day. It falls the month of August or September.
Importance: Janmashtami is an important event for the Hindus. The birth of Lord Krishna marks the end of inhumanity and cruelty over mankind. Krishna is a symbol of righteousness. Kansa, the uncle of Krishna, was a cruel and unholy king. Krishna saved the people from the oppression of Kansa.
Incarnation of God: Lord Vishnu took the form of a man and incarnated on this earth as Sri Krishna. He took the human form to relieve humanity form evils. The Hindu epics are full of heroic acts of Sri Krishna. He is the author of Bhagavad Gita, the most popular religious book of the Hindus.
Ritual and Celebration: Devotees observe fasting till midnight, which is the time of birth of Lord Krishna. Temples of Sri Krishna are beautifully decorated. Thousands of Hindu men and women wear new clothes and gather in these temples to celebrate the birthday of their beloved God. The priest chants mantras and worship Lord Sri Krishna.
Tradition of Dahi Handi: A tradition of Dahi Handi is widely followed in many parts of India. Dahi Handi is an earthen pot filled with yogurt. On this day, young people form groups and tie the ‘Dahi Handi’ at a height. Then, they stand one over another forming a pyramid like structure to reach the ‘Dahi Handi’. It is finally celebrated by breaking the ‘Dahi Handi’.
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Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm in India in the month of July or August. According to the Hindu calendar this religious festival is celebrated on the Ashtami of Krishna Paksh or the 8th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadon.
Sri Krishna is considered as the one of the most powerful human incarnations of the Lord Vishnu. He was born around 5,200 years ago in Mathura. The sole objective of Sri Krishna's birth was to free the Earth from the evilness of demons. He played an important role in Mahabharata and propagated the theory of bhakti and good karma which are narrated deeply in the Bhagwat Geeta.
Sri Krishna was born in a prison in the custody of Kansa. Vasudev, His father immediately thought of his friend Nand and decided to hand over his child to him to save Krishna from the clutch of Kansa. Krishna grew up in Gokul and finally killed his uncle, King Kansa.
The actual celebration of Janmashtami takes place during the midnight as Sri Krishna is believed to be borned on a dark, stormy and windy night to end the rule and violence of his uncle, Kansa. All over India this day is celebrated with devotional songs and dances, pujas, arti, blowing of the Conch and rocking the cradle of baby Sri Krishna.
The Janmashtami celebration of Mathura and Vrindavan, the places where Sri Krishna had spent his life, are very special. On this day temples and homes are wonderfully decorated and illuminated. Night long prayers are offered and religious mantras are sung in the temples.