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Shri Krishna Janmashtami - श्री कृष्ण जन्माष्टमी


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Janmashtami Krishna Janmashtami is a well-known festival which is celebrated as the birth of Lord Krishna who is the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu.

Janmashtami Krishna Janmashtami is a well-known festival which is celebrated as the birth of Lord Krishna who is the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. It belongs to the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism. In this festival, dance drama and decorations are done to bring back a picture of the life of Lord Krishna with the graceful activities like Night Vigil (Jagrana), Fasting (Upavasa), Kathas like Bhagavata Purana, Rasa Lila/Krishna Lila in the midnight when Lord Krishna is believed to be born(avatar).

Related Name
Krishna Janmashtami, Krishnashtami, Gokulashtami, Kanhaiya Ashtami, Kanhaiya Athen, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti, Saatam Aatham, Ashtami Rohini

श्री कृष्ण जन्माष्टमी - हिन्दी में भी उपलब्ध

कृष्ण जन्माष्टमी त्यौहार, भगवान विष्णु के आठवें अवतार श्री कृष्ण के अवतरण दिवस के रूप में मनाया जाता है।

Krishna Janmashtami

After Krishna’s birth hour, people wash the statues (Murti) of baby Krishna(Laddu Gopal) and their clothes to place it in a cradle. Then people break their fast by distributing sweets and food among themselves. The women folks make tiny footprints in their house’s exit and kitchen. This symbolises the journey of Shri Krishna into their homes.

The temples which are popular for Shri Krishna organise the recitation of Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavad Purana. Dance events and drama organise in the temples known as Rasa Leela and Krishna Lila. Rasa meaning aesthetics, emotion or sweet and lila refer as act, play or dance or more broadly as Dance of Divine Love. The tradition of Janmashtami is mainly popular in Mathura and Vrindavan. It is also popularly celebrated in various states of India like West Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, Assam, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, etc.

Janmashtami is popularly known as Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini and Shri Krishna Jayanti. It is also celebrated in the states outside India such as Nepal, Bangladesh, Fiji, Pakistan, etc.

Dahi Handi

In the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat, Dahi Handi is celebrated every year after a day of Krishna Janmashtami. Dahi is curd and Handi means earthen pot which is generally known as Matka or Matki. During the activity of Dahi Handi, human pyramids try to break the high hanging pots filled with yoghurt and butter. It resembles the childhood of Laddu Gopal when he steals butter and milk and is also called Makhan Chor. The participants in Dahi Handi event is known as Govinda or Govinda Pathak. The theme story is prepared in the temples according to the beliefs and rituals of people which show the innocence and divine love of Lord Krishna.

Related Information

Futures Dates
30 August 2021 - 31 August 2021
Frequency
Yearly / Annual
Duration
2 Days
Begins Tithi
Bhadrapada Krishna Ashtami
Ends Tithi
Bhadrapada Krishna Navami
Months
August / September
Celebrations
Rasa lila or Raas Leela, Dahi Handi, Kite Flying
Imp Places
Barsana, Mathura, Vrindavan, Braj Pradesh, Shri Krishna Mandir, Shrinathji Temple Nathdwara, ISKCON Temples
Past Dates
24 August 2019 - 25 August 2019, Dahi Handi: 3 September 2018, 15 August 2017, 25 August 2016 - 26 August 2016, 5 September 2015 - 6 September 2015

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