Happy Krishna Janmashtami – 8th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadon.

August 12, 2020 By Poonam Kushwaha
Krishna Janmashtami,

Krishna Janmashtami, Hindu festival celebrating the birth (janma) of the god Krishna on the eighth (ashtami) day of the dark fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada (August–September). On the preceding day devotees keep a vigil and fast until midnight, the traditional hour of his birth.

Krishna 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.

Krishna Janmashtami,
Radhe Krishna

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 Krishna 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.

Krishna Janmashtami,

The Krishna 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.

Story behind the festival of Krishna Janmashtami.

According to Hindu mythology, the evil king Kansa ruled Mathura. To extend his empire he married his sister with Vasudeva, the Yadu king. After the marriage, Kansa decided to shower the newlyweds with lavish gifts because he wants to gain the trust of Vasudeva. But heaven has another plan for them. When he takes the reins of the nuptial chariot a voice from heaven booms that his evil ways will come to an end by his sister’s 8th child.

Krishna Janmashtami,

After knowing about his prophecy, Kansa sends his sister and her husband Vasudeva in a prison. Actually, Kansa wants to kill Devaki but Vasudeva promised him that he will give all his 8 children in the hands of Kansa if he would spare Devaki’s life.

Kansa agreed and one by one he killed all the six children who were born to the couple. For the 7 times when Devaki gets pregnant interesting things started happening. Through the divine intervention, the seventh child of Devaki is transferred from her womb to the womb of Rohini, Vasudeva’s first wife, and in this way, Devaki’s and Vasudeva’s seventh child was safely born.

When again Devaki was pregnant Kansa again was anxious to kill the couple’s another child but God’s wish was different. Krishna was in fact the eighth child of Devaki and also an avatar of Lord Vishnu.

When Devaki was going into the labour pain, Vishnu appears in her prison cell and informs Vasudeva that his eighth child is an incarnation of himself that is Lord Vishnu and will make an end of the kingdom of Kansa.

Krishna Janmashtami,
Mother Yashoda bathes Krishna

That night was dark with thunderstorms and lightening; Vishnu destroys all the locks and puts the guards to sleep. He also gave Vishnu instructions on what he has to do and then suddenly Lord Vishnu disappears.

Vasudeva as per the instructions left the palace by carrying a wicker basket containing his divine son. He crossed the Yamuna into the village of Gokul and exchanges the baby with the newborn baby girl of Gokul’s head Nanda and his wife Yashoda.

In this way, Krishna grew up in Gokul and finally killed his uncle, Kansa.

How is the Krishna Janmashtami celebrated?

Dancing

Fasting, Praying, Singing songs, Dancing etc…,

The actual celebration of Krishna Janmashtami takes place during the midnight because it is believed that Lord Krishna was born on a dark, stormy and windy night to end the rule of his maternal uncle Kansa. In the whole of India, it is celebrated with devotional songs, people keep the fast whole day, several temples are decorated beautifully dedicated to the life journey of Krishna. Mainly, the Krishna Janmashtami celebration at Mathura and Vrindavan is very special as he had spent his life there. The idol of Krishna at midnight is bathed in water and milk then he dressed in new clothes and worshipped. Sweets are first offered to God and then distributes as Prasadam.

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Krishna Janmashtami, Dahi Handi
Janmashtami Decoration.

Also, on this day people used to hang pots of butter and milk in the streets on the poles, men form pyramids to reach and break the pots. It is famous as Dahi Handi. This predicts Krishna’s childhood days when he used to play with the cowherd’s boys and stole curds hung out of reach by their mothers. So, he was also known as ‘Makhanchor’ the one who steals butter. People used to sing, dance in groups.

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