The life of Lord Krishna and its associated stories are so captivating that people rejoice and commemorate every aspect of his life year after year. Janmashtami or Gokulashtami is celebrated annually to honor and abide by his teachings to the great Avatar Lord Krishna. The Lord was born on Earth to put an end to Kansa and tell the people about the Gita.
Lord Krishna’s birthday will be celebrated in every household in all of his traditional fervor on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Some customs and rituals are common throughout the country. Fasting is a ritual that many devotees of Krishna observe to purge their bodies from sins. Pure thoughts and feelings fill the heart with devotional songs, shlokas, and mantras. Some people tie swings on the trees as the Lord loved it very much in his childhood. The devotees also prepare milk sweets and offer them to Krishna, who loved sweets very much. Raas Leela is also performed by people to traditionally portray the gopis play that Krishna played. Scroll down to know the history and importance of Krishna Janmashtami.
Why is Janmashtami Celebrated?
Lord Krishna’s birthday, thought to be Lord Vishnu’s eighth incarnation, is celebrated as Janmashtami. This festival always falls on Ashtami or’ Krishna Paksha’ eighth day–the waning moon in the month of Bhadrapada (July / August). The festival is spreading the goodwill message and symbolizing unity and faith. Krishna is regarded as a hero, friend, professor, and protector by one and all.
How is Krishna Janmashtami celebrated?
- All Lord Krishna shrines are decorated to celebrate the festival, processions, bhajans, kirtan and Satsang gatherings are organized in different locations to celebrate his birth.
- Most temples organize holy book recitation, Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita
- There are two components of the festival, Jhulanotsav, and Ghatas. Krishna devotees placed swings in their homes during Juhlanotsav and place the idol of God inside. The idol is then bathed in milk and honey and embellished with jewelry and fresh clothes.
- Also celebrated on this day is the common ritual of ‘ Dahi-Handi. ‘ Boys gather in a compound to form a human pyramid to break the earthen pot fixed from the floor at an altitude of 20-30 feet. The kid at the top is called Govinda and the groups are either referred to as handis or mandals.
- Devotees also watch and break a day-long fast on Krishna Janmashtami when the Ashtami Tithi is over the next day. No grains are eaten all day long. The devotees bring fruit and watermeal called ‘ phallar. ‘
The next day – Nanda Utsav
The next day is called Nanda Utsav, where devotees bring together a list of 56 food products, known as the’ Chappan bhog,’ as an offering to the Lord.
After the fast, this is spread later among the individuals. It is Lord Krishna’s favorite dishes and usually includes cereals, fruit, dried fruits, sweets, drinks, namkeen, and pickles in a quantity of eight in each category.
Makhan mishri, kheer, rasgulla, jalebi, rabri, mathri, malpua, mohanbhog, chutney, murabba, saag, dahi, khichadi, tikki, milk and cashews are some of the most common products found in bhog.
Importance of Number- 8 for Shri-Krishna:
The number-8 plays a very important part in the life of Lord-Krishna.
- This winning divine deity is prominent as Lord Vishnu’s eight personifications (avatar).
- Lord was born in Bhadrapada (Bhadon) month on the eight asthami.
- Lord Krishna was also his mother’s eighth kid, Devaki.
- Eight distinct sweetmeats (bhog) were given to Lord Krishna during Krishna Janmashtami.
- Lord Krishna was born in August as a Hindu calendar, which is the eighth month of the year.
- Bhagwat Gita has a total of eight chapters portrayed by Lord Krishna in Mahabharat.
Importance of Krishna Janmashtami
According to Bhagavad Gita, when evil prevails and religion refuses to destroy evil and to save good, Lord Krishna reincarnates. The main importance of Krishna Janmashtami is to foster goodwill and to discourage evil will. It also celebrates togetherness. This holy opportunity brings together people who mean unity and faith.
Why Do People Celebrate Dahi Handi?
Dahi Handi is a bowl of curd. It happens on the second day of Gokulashtami. In his childhood, the Lord loved butter the most. He used to steal the butter from young ladies in Gokul. His mom decided to punish him when she received a gopis complaint. She scolded and told him not to repeat the same mistake again. Therefore, on the festival day, Dahi Handi is celebrated to copy the Lord’s butter thieving. Dahi Handi means the mythological relevance of teamwork.
Krishna Janmashtami Wishes
- May Shri Krishna shower you with his choicest blessings on the auspicious day of Shri Krishna Janmashtami.
- May Kunj Bihari shower you with all that you have wished for. Jai Shri Krishna.
- On this holy occasion of Shri Krishna Janmashtami, I hope and pray that blessings the blessings of Shri Krishna may always be with you. May your heart and home be filled with happiness, peace, and prosperity. Happy Janmashtami
- Ahead of Shri Krishna Janmashtami, here’s sending my heartfelt greetings to you and your family. Jai Shri Krishna!
- May Lord Krishna always be with you and protect you and your loved ones.” Happy Krishna Janmashtami!
- May Lord Krishna give you strength and inspire you to face all problems in life with great courage. Happy Krishna Janmashtami!
- Let there be love and laughter in your life with Lord Krishna’s blessings. Happy Janmashtami!
- May Lord Krishna steal all your worries and give you happiness on the holy occasion of Krishna Janmashtami!
- Let there be love, happiness, and laughter in your life with Lord Krishna’s blessings. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Janmashtami!
- May Lord Krishna come to your house this Janmashtami and light the lamp of happiness! Happy Janmashtami!
- May the brave deeds of Lord Krishna inspire you to face every problem with the knowledge that he will always be with you. Jai Shri Krishna!
- On this Janmashtami, may all your wishes come true and may Nand Gopal shower his blessings on you and your loved ones! Happy Janmashtami!
- May Lord Krishna fill your home with lots of happiness. Happy Janmashtami!
- May Lord Krishna come to your house & take away all your Makhan and mishri along with all your worries & sorrow
- May Lord Krishna steal all your worries and give you peace, and happiness on this holy occasion of Krishna Janmashtami.
One of the most powerful human incarnations, with his exemplary life, Lord Krishna taught us many things. Lord Krishna’s rich persona was born to dissipate evil from the earth and spread the message of unity and fraternity. Not only in India, but Janmashtami is also celebrated in many other countries around the globe. It’s a lively and vibrant festival that brings people closer together.
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