Janmashtami: Lord Krishna’s birthday

Depending on the end and time of Ashtami, Tithi, Rohini, and Nakshatra, the fast of Krishna Janmashtami can last two complete days. Followers who are not able to follow the two-day fast may break the fast the next day before sunrise.

On the day of Krishna Janmashtami when Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, offers prayers to believers, and various kinds of rituals in different parts of the country are held in the spirit of the life of Lord Krishna. Shri Krishna is called Janmashtami because he was born during Rohini Nakshatra (the waning phase of the moon in the month of Bhadrapada) on the eighth day of Krishna paksha (the waning phase of the moon), which always prevails when believers celebrate the 5248th birthday of the Lord.

The day consists of fasting and prayer until midnight, the time when Krishna is said to have been born. 

Janmashtami is the year in which the birth of the famous Hindu god Lord Krishna is celebrated. It is a great festival that is celebrated with fasting, night vigil, and recitation of the scriptures, and Krishna prayers in Manipur.

Janmashtami is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of the god Krishna (Janma) on the eighth Ashtami, the day of the darkest 14 days of the Bhadrapada month (August-September). 

Krishna Janmashtami (Mathura)

Krishna Janmashtami (also called Gokulashtamis) is a great festival celebrated in India to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna. One of the many festivals celebrated throughout the year is the day on which Lord Krishna was born and which is celebrated with much pomp and fervor.

According to the Hindu calendar, the festival is celebrated during the month of Bhadrapada (August-September) on the eighth day of Krishna paksha, the darkest 14 days.

The most faithful spend the day in Vrindavan to witness events and celebrations and then go to Mathura in the evening to celebrate the birth of the Lord Krishna Janmashtami falls eight days after Krishna Paksha.

Eastern State Celebration

In the eastern states of the region of Odisha, Puri, Nabadwip, and West Bengal, the Janmashingtami festival is also called Sri Krishna Jayanti or Sri Jayanti.

It is celebrated when Krishna was born on the eighth day of the Bhadrapada month at midnight on Hindu tradition, which overlaps with August and September 3 in the Gregorian calendar. 

At the time of Sri Krishna’s birth, a special Pooja ritual takes place at midnight. According to Hindu mythology, Krishna, the human incarnation of Lord Vishnu, was born in India on the eighth day of the darkest fortnight of the Bhadrapada month (August-July) after he had destroyed Mathura’s demon King Kansa, brother of Krishna and good mother Devaki. The people of India celebrate this holy day by fasting at midnight on the day of Janmashtami when Lord Krishna was born.

Mathura Lord Krishna Mahotsava

Dressing up as baby Krishna or Gopi for the Janmashtami festival is a popular Hindu tradition. Maharashtra experiences joyful celebrations during the festival, while people reenact Lord Krishna’s childhood efforts to steal butter and curd from earthen pots.

The legend also celebrates this holiday while people sing devotional songs that are in love with Krishna and hold a vigil all night long. 

If you have an idol of Bal (Krishna) in your temple or at home, you can decorate them with fancy clothes and ornaments in your willpower to celebrate the birth of the Lord at midnight.

Offer Mr. Panjiri (a traditional prasad associated with the festival) white butter. You can also end your feast by eating something that has been offered to you as food for Krishna. 

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