Krishna Janmashtami is a Hindu festival celebrated every year as on this day the Eight Avatar of Lord Shiva takes birth on this earth as Krishna. It is said that according to the Hindu calendar on the eight days which is known as Ashtami of the Krishna birth in the Shraavana period. This period lies in August or September.
It is an important festival in Hindu tradition. On this day people perform dance and drama such as Rasa Lila according to the Bhagavat Purana, sings devotional songs at midnight when Krishna was born. On this day people keep fasts, a night Vigil (Ratri Jagran), and celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna as a Janmashtami.
This festival is celebrated all over India, especially in Mathura and Vrindavan as Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is a second home. Janmashtami is celebrated in the states like Gujarat, Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and all other states.
Krishna Janmashtami is followed by the festival Nandostav, which celebrates when Nanda Baba distributed gifts to the community in honour of the Krishna birth.
History: Happy Janmashtami
Janmashtami is specially celebrated in Mathura and Vrindavan as it is the birthplace and childhood place of Krishna. The people give bath to the holy image of Krishna in water and milk, dressed in new clothes especially in yellow colour, as this colour is loved to Lord Krishna and worshipped.
Temples and household shines and decorated with flowers and lights. In temples, the priest offers sweets and various dishes to Lord Krishna and then distributes among people as Prasad.
Krishna was born in the Mathura jail, and his father Vasudeva takes him to his forefather Nanda by crossing Yamuna River with all safety to Gokul Dham, where Lord Vishnu shesh Naga was giving him protection.
His childhood was so beautiful, he always makes a hole in the milk pots which is hung and this why today people celebrate this part as Dahi Handi, where Handi is hung in the top and then a group of people forms pyramid and make a hole in the pot with the help of coconut.
Dahi Handi in Janmashtami
Dahi Handi is one of the parts of celebrating Janmashtami. It has become a festive ritual and is celebrated mainly in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.
On this day, Dahi handi is played by the group of people who form a pyramid and break the handi with the help of coconut, and handi is hanged at a height from the ground. This ritual started because Krishna in his childhood breaks the Matki and eats all the Makhan which women made, and we also called Lord Krishna as ‘Makhan Chor’.
Significance of Janmashtami
Krishna is a Devaki and Vasudeva son and his forefather and mother is Nanda and Yashoda. He is the eighth Avatar of Lord Vishnu who took birth as Krishna to end the evilness of his Uncle Kans, and later he plays the main role in the Mahabharata, a fight between Kauravas and Pandavas.
On the day of Janmashtami, women draw tiny footprints outside their house as symbolism for Krishna’s journey into their house.
Celebration of Janmashtami
” Jai Shri Krishna! Have a happy Janmashtami and pray to Krishna to take away all your problems. ” Radhe Radhe!
Hindus celebrate this festival by keeping fast, singing, and praying together, preparing, and sharing special food, night vigils and by visiting Krishna or Vishnu temples. Krishna temples have been made in the recitation of ‘Bhagavad Gita.’
The ISCKON temple is recognized as one of the main temples build in devotion to Lord Krishna and this temple is all over Indian and across the world to especially in America.
On this day people organized dramas like Rasa Lila in the Mathura region and another region of India like Rajasthan and Gujarat. People dressed their small kids like Krishna in a yellow dress.
In Maharashtra, Janmashtami is celebrated in the form of breaking Dahi Handi, by dancing and singing.
Celebration in Gujarat & Rajasthan
In Dwarka in Gujarat, where Krishna established his Kingdom of Yadav’s, they also celebrate by breaking Dahi Handi, similar to Maharashtra. They also visit Krishna temples such as Dwarkadhish or Nathdwara. Farmers decorate their bullock carts and take out Krishna processions with dancing and singing.
North & South Region of India
Janmashtami is the biggest festival of the Braj region of north India, cities of Mathura and Vrindavan, where he took birth and grown-up.
Janmashtami is famous across India and in the eastern and northeastern regions, they celebrate this festival by performing Raslila in devotion to Radha and Krishna. They perform their classical and cultural dances and sings the songs and worshipped. Parents dressed their small children in the form of Lord Krishna.
In south Janmashtami is celebrated as Gokulashtami. In Tamil Nadu, the people decorate the floor with rangolis, sings devotional songs in praise of Krishna. They draw footprints on their door, decorate the pooja room, do fasts, prepare a variety of sweets and dishes.
Odisha & West Bengal
In the eastern state of Odisha, in Puri and Nabadwip, West Bengal, the festival is celebrated as Sri Krishna Jayanti. People do fast and worship until midnight and celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. A grand Bhoga of food is organized in devotion to Lord Krishna’s birth.
Wishes: Happy Janmashtami
1. “May these divine tunes of Krishna’s flute fill your life with eternal joy.” Happy Janmashtami!
2. “May Lord Krishna steal all your worries and give you peace, and happiness on this holy occasion of Krishna Janmashtami!”
3. “Let there be love, happiness, and laughter in your life with Krishna’s blessings. Wishing you and your family a very happy Janmashtami.”
4. “On this Janmashtami, may Lord Krishna fill your home with lots of happiness and joy. Happy Janmashtami to you and your loved ones!”
5. “May Lord Krishna make your life full of joy and prosperity. Happy Janmashtami!”
6. “May the blessings of Lord Krishna always be with you and your family. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Janmashtami!”
7. “May lord Krishna steal away your tensions and sorrows. May he fill your life with peace, joy, and positivity. Happy Janmashtami!”
8. “May Lord Krishna come to your house this Janmashtami and light the lamp of happiness! Happy Janmashtami!”
9. “May the Natkhat Nand Lal always give you many reasons to be happy.” – fernsnpetals.com
10. “May Lord Krishna’s flute invites the melody of love into your life. Wishing you all a very happy Janmashtami.” – fernsnpetals.com
~ Mahi R
On this auspicious day, spread positive and motivating messages around to your loved ones so that they have strength in dealing with all the struggles. Again wishing you a very Happy Krishna Janmashtami.
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