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⚙️Janmashtami - जन्माष्टमी

Janmashtami Date: Monday, 26 August 2024

Janmashtami Krishna Janmashtami is a well-known festival that is celebrated as the birth of Bhagwan Krishna who is the eighth avatar of Bhagwan 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 (Jagran), Fasting (Upvas), Kathas like Bhagavata Purana, Rasa Lila/Krishna Lila in the midnight when Lord Krishna is believed to be born(avtar).
Janmashtami 2023: 7 September 2023 - ISKCON, Vaishnav, Gauria
Krishna Chhati Mahotsav : 12 September 2023

Auspicious time of Janmashtami festival 2023:
Janmashtami, Ashtami Tithi is starting from 03:38 pm on 6 September and will end at 4:14 pm on 7 September.

How to do sankalp on Janmashtami vrat?
On the day of Shri Krishna Janmashtami, wake up early in the morning at Brahma Muhurta and take a bath and resolve the vrat in front of Shri Krishna. Make this resolution by holding a Tulsi leaf in your hands and also ask for forgiveness in advance for any mistake you make during the vrat. On Janmashtami, vrat is kept for the whole day and the vrat is broken after worshiping Krishna at 12 o'clock in the night.

How to worship on Janmashtami vrat:
❀ On the day of Janmashtami, clean the temple after taking a bath etc.
❀ After this, light the lamp while invoking all the deities.
❀ Then later start worshiping Shri Krishna, anoint Shri Krishna with water, make up and offer bhog. Then swing thakur ji.
❀ Then, while waiting for the night, chant Krishna mantras throughout the day. Celebrate the birthday of God at 12 o'clock in the night
❀ Bath Kanha with milk, curd, ghee, honey, Panchamrit and Gangajal.
❀ In the end, sing the Mangal song while performing the aarti of Bal Gopal.

Related NameShri Krishna Janmashtami, Krishna Janmashtami, Krishnashtami, Gokulashtami, Kanhaiya Ashtami, Kanhaiya Athen, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti, Saatam Aatham, Ashtami Rohini
Begins TithiBhadrapada Krishna Ashtami
ReasonShri Krishna Avatran Day
CelebrationsRasa lila or Raas Leela, Dahi Handi, Kite Flying

जन्माष्टमी हिन्दी में पढ़ें

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

Krishna Janmashtami

7 September 2023
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

7 September 2023
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.

Chhati Mahotsav

12 September 2023
After the celebration of Shri Krishna Janmashtami, Bal Gopal Shri Krishna’s sixth day is celebrated as chhati Mahotsav. Janmasthami festival is celebrated as Bhagwan Shri Krishna’s Janmotsav and Chhati Pujan is celebrated as Namkaran Utsav (Name Giving ceremony). In Bhagwan’s Chhati Ceremony devotees call their Bhagwan in different new names like Madhav, Laddu Gopal, Thakurji etc.

On the sixth day of Bhagwan Shri Krishna, he is dressed in yellow clothes and Makhan-mishri is offered as bhog. On this day only the child form of Bhagwan Shri Krishna is worshipped.

Related Information

Yearly / Annual
2 Days
Begins Tithi
Bhadrapada Krishna Ashtami
Ends Tithi
Bhadrapada Krishna Navami
August / September
Hathi Ghoda Palki Jai Kanaiya Laal KI!, Hare Krishna!
Public Holiday
Shri Krishna Avatran Day
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
Chhati Mahotsav: 12 September 2023, ISKCON, Vaishnav, Gauria: 7 September 2023, Smarta: 6 September 2023, Chhati Mahotsav: 24 August 2022, ISKCON, Vaishnav, Gauria: 19 August 2022, Smarta: 18 August 2022, Chhati Mahotsav: 4 September 2021, Dahi Handi: 31 August 2021, Janmashtami: 30 August 2021
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