Krishna Janmashtami: Story, Meaning, Celebration

Krishna Janmashtami (कृष्ण जन्माष्टमी) "Occasion of the birth of Krishna", also known simply as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami.

Krishna Janmashtami

What is Krishna Janmashtami?

Krishna Janmashtami (कृष्ण जन्माष्टमी) "Occasion of the birth of Krishna", also known simply as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eight avatar of Vishnu. According to Hindu lunisolar calendar, it is observed on the eight tithi (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in Bhadrapada Masa. This overlaps with August or September of the Gregorian calendar.

Who is Krishna?

Lord Krishna is regarded as the 8th avatar or "incarnation" of Lord Vishnu. Krishna belonged to the Vrishni clan (Yadu Vansa) of Yadavas from Mathura. He was the eighth son of King Vasudev and Queen Devaki of Mathura. He was born exactly at midnight. His incarnation took place to end the ill doings of his wicked maternal uncle Kansa. He was biological child of Vasudev and Devaki, but he was brought up by Nanda and Yosoda Maiya. Krishna's childhood is full of fun and love. His youth is romantic and example of love and friendship with Gopis and Gopinies. He was married to Rukmani, his belove Gopini was Radha. He is worshiped with so many names: Krishna, Murari, Hari, Gopal, Shyam, Nanda Lala, Makhan Chor and many more.

Krishna as very important role in Holy Battle of Mahabharata. He was the Chariot Rider of Arjun. He was the main character who supported Pandavs against Kauravs to win the holy war. His holy advices are known as Bhagwat Gita, where he teaches Arjun about Dharma and Paap. He did not physically take part in the battle, but he was the heart and soul of Pandavs. The pandavs had never won the war without his help.

Why do we celebrate Krishna Janmashtami?

The Krishna Janmashtami festival marks the birth of Krishna, one of the most popular deities worshiped by Hindus. He is thought to have been born in 3228 BC. His birthday is celebrated eight days after Raksha Bandhan. Krishna Janmashtami is an important festival, particularly in the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism.

In Bhagavad Gita Krishna says, "Whenever there is predominance of evil and decline of good doings, I will reincarnate again and again and end the evil and to save the Dharma (good)". Krishna Jayanti is celebration of victory of good and Dharma over devil and band power. We celebrate this day to remember that when the pot of sin is filled, there is an end to the devil, God will come to rescue. Krishna Janmashtami reminds us those stories of battle between good and evil and tells us that the good always wins.

Dance-drama enactments of the life of Krishna according to the Bhagavata Purana (such as Rasa Lila or Krishna Lila), devotional singing through the midnight when Krishna was born, fasting(upavasa), a night vigil (Ratri Jagaran), and a festival (Mahotsav) on the following date are a part of the Janmashtami celebrations. The Krishna Janmashtami holiday is very popular in Nepal and throughout the Hindu world. It is celebrated particularly in Mathura and Vrindavan, along with major Vaishnava and non-sectarian communities found in Manipur, Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and all the other states of India.

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