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The Krishna Janmashtami is observed every year as a part of the celebration of the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. This year, the Krishna Janmashtami 2021 date is on 30th of August 2021, Monday. The Krishan a Janmashtami is also known as the Gokulashtami or Krishnashtami. It is a Hindu Festival which marks the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Dahi Handi is celebrated immediately after the celebration of the Janmashtami. People all over the country celebrate Janmashtami happily as a part of their existence.
Lord Krishna, according to the Hindu Mythology, is the human incarnation of Vishnu, one among the “thrimurtis. Lord Krishna was incarnated to destroy the highly dangerous demon king of Mathura, named Kamsa. Kamsa is also part of the epic. He is the brother of Krishna’s biological mother Devaki.
Who is Lord Krishna?
- Krishna is a major deity in Hinduism.
- He is worshiped as the eighth avatar of Vishnu
- Considered as the supreme God
- Regraded as the god of protection, tenderness, compassion, and love
- Widely revered lord among Indian
- The anecdotes of Krishna’s life is known as Krishna Leela.
- central character in the Mahabharata, the Brahma Vaivarta Purana the Bhagavata Purana, and the Bhagavad Gita
- The major figure mentioned in Hindu philosophical, theological, and mythological
- Devoted as the universal supreme being.
- Krishna is worshiped as Svayam Bhagavan.
- Krishna-related literature has inspired performance arts such as Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Bharatanatyam, and Manipuri dance.
Krishna Janmashtami is a yearly celebration. People all over the country celebrate it with colors and splendour. This year the Janmashtami date falls on the coming Monday, precisely on August 30th 2021.
Devotees of Krishna celebrated this auspicious day by fasting and praying all day. The purpose of keeping oneself in fasting is emotional and spiritual purification. The spiritual purification attained by the devotees after the whole day of fasting and prayer is unimaginable. The devotees are seeking blessing from Lord Krishna who turns the impossibility into a possibility. Lord Krishna is a highly devoted God. The devotes on that particular day decorates their homes with lights, flowers and colors.
The kids will be transformed into little Krishna’s. Special poojas and processions will be conducted. The temples will be decorated and special devotion will be there. Lights enlighten the spirit of the devotees that day. Little Krishna will have romped in the heart of the faithful devotees. Homes will be adorned with little Krishna. The celebration will be at its peak every year.
The most extravagant and colorful celebrations will be witnessed yearly by the temples of Mathura and Vrindavan. Lord Krishna had spent his entire childhood around this place. His playfulness filled the temple air. The devotees across the country carry their burden and journey to this temple to get spiritual salvation. Lord Krishna is believed to be born on this particular day around 12 am.
The Rasa Lila is performed by the devotees as a part of the recreation of the incidents that happened in the life of Krishna while he spent his years at Vrindavan. The all-time favorite naughty child in the epic is known for his rasalila. The Krishna Janmashtami is also a commemoration of the love of Lord Krishna and Radha. The unfulfilled love of the divine couple. In order to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna, who was born at midnight, the infant Krishna idol is bathed and placed in the cradle at midnight as a part of ritual rites. It is believed that the fulfillment of the wishes by the devotees is possible by performing the ritual.
Stealing butter and curd from the earthen pots is believed to be the naughtiest way of Lord Krishna. Maharashtra people celebrate the Janmashtami by recreating the childhood of Lord Krishan and also enacting the childhood mischievous of Little Krishna. Krishna is the most adorable little kid in the epic. Dahi Handi celebration is the peculiarity of Maharashtrians who tries to enact the childhood endeavors of Lord Krishna. As a part of the celebration, the pot is tied up high and the people forming a human pyramid are supposed to break the pot suspended in the air. The Janmashtami celebration is also part of the joyous coordination of the people. It is believed that Lord Krishna enlighten the spirit and liveliness of the life of umpteen devotees.
History of Janmashtami
Lord Krishna was the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was born in the Bhadrapada month, the month spanning between August and September. It was on the eighth ( Ashtami) day of the pitch-dark night. The birth happened at midnight in Mathura. Lord Krishna was born to the virtuous Devaki and Vasudeva. They are the biological parents of Lord Krishna. Among the 10th Avatars of Mahavishnu, Lord Krishna is the highly popular one. At the time of the birth of Krishna, Mathura was born by his uncle Kamsa. The prophecy claimed that the demon king would be killed by the eight sons of Vasudev- Devaki couple.
The downfall of King Kamsa would have happened at the hands of Devaki’s eighth son. This prophecy had a huge impact on the lives of the couple. They were jailed and tortured fearing the prophecy. The king wanted to kill the children of the couple. Every time, when a child was born, the child was immediately killed by Kamsa. It was the eighth son according to the prophecy, but Kamsa didn’t spare any of the kids of Devaki and Vasudev.
The couple was imprisoned and tortured by Kamsa who was afraid of his death and downfall. King Kansa killed the first six children. Their seventh child as a foetus was transferred mystically from the womb of Devaki to the womb of princess Rohini. This foetus is Balram, the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. At the time of the birth of Krishna, the eighth child of Devaki and Vasudev, nature itself was turbulent. Nature was preparing itself for the rescue of the savior. The entire palace was left in deep slumber.
The little Krishna was saved and carried to Vrindavan under the safe custody of Nanda Gopar and Yashoda’s house. The children were exchanged. Vasudeva brought back a baby girl to the palace and the girl was taken away by Kamsa. Even though it’s a girl, Kamsa tried to kill her. The girl suddenly transformed herself into Goddess Durga, ferociously warning the king about the impending death and doom. Krishna was taken care of by his foster parents. Krishna grew up as a cowboy at Vrindavan. When he became an adult, he killed his uncle and saved the kingdom from the demon king.
Janmashtami Celebration 2021
It is a Hindu festival where the devotees celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. The word Janmashtami can be split into two words “Janma” means birth and “Ashtami” means eight days. The term itself is meaningful in its own way. Janmashtami is the celebration of the birth of divinity. When the atrocities are tremendously increasing, Lord Vishnu tends to make avatars or incarnations.
Lord Krishna is the eighth human incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was born at the fortnight at Madura and later exchanged with the couples at Vrindavan. The number eight has a potential significance with regard to the legend of Krishna as Krishna is the eighth child of Devaki. The star of Krishna is Rohini and Ashtami Rohini star day is chosen to be celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna. This year, the Janmashtami is going to be celebrated on the 30th of August 2021.
The day is closely associated with two places namely Madura and Vrindavan. The childhood and early youth of Lord Krishna happened in these sites. Little Krishna is an inspirational figure for many. The traditional hour of birth is taken with emotional and spiritual importance. The devotees across the world keep themselves in pooja and fasting. The bathing of the little Krishna Idol is a ceremony that is done every year to commemorate the birth hour of lord Krishna. This hour is regarded as the spiritual awakening hour.
The devotee’s bath lord Krishna in milk and wrap in coloured clothes. The worshiping starts early in the morning. The leaves, clothes, flowers and lights are used to decorate the temple and the household. The sweets are first offered to Lord Krishna and later taken by devotees as Prasada. The Prasada is regarded as the spiritual left of lord Krishna. It is believed that the Prasada carries the favor of the Lord who is being worshiped at the temple.
Pots are suspended in the air and human pyramids are created to break them which is filled with milk or curd. It is the celebration of the community irrespective of caste or religion. This is a part of the celebration of Krishna’s childhood playfulness. The cowherd boys played this as a game along with Krishna. The recreation creates a jovial atmosphere. It is also a time for group dances and singing to create a delightful atmosphere.
Krishna Janmashtami 2021 Date and Timings
|Ashtami Tithi Begins||August 29, 2021
|Shri Krishna Jayanti||August 30, 2021||24 hours, Monday|
|Ashtami Tithi Ends||August 31, 2021
|Nishita Puja||August 31, 2021
|11:59 PM to 12:44 AM|
|Mid Night Moment||August 31, 2021
|Rohini Nakshatra Begins||August 30, 2021
|Rohini Nakshatra Ends||August 31, 2021
|Chandrodaya Moment||August 31, 2021||11:35 PM|
|Dahi Handi||August 31, 2021
Krishna Janmashtami Muhurat in Indian Cities
- 12:12 AM to 12:58 AM, Aug 31 – Pune
- 12:00 AM to 12:45 AM, Aug 31 – Gurgaon
- 12:01 AM to 12:46 AM, Aug 31 – Chandigarh
- 11:59 PM to 12:44 AM, Aug 31 – Noida
- 11:46 PM to 12:33 AM, Aug 31 – Chennai
- 11:59 PM to 12:44 AM, Aug 31 – New Delhi
- 11:14 PM to 12:00 PM – Kolkata
- 11:57 PM to 12:43 AM, Aug 31 – Bengaluru
- 12:18 AM to 01:03 AM, Aug 31 – Ahmedabad
- 12:05 AM to 12:50 AM, Aug 31 – Jaipur
- 11:54 PM to 12:40 AM, Aug 31 – Hyderabad
- 12:16 AM to 01:02 AM, Aug 31 – Mumbai
Krishna Janmashtami: At a Glance
- The Krishna Janmashtami is also known as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami
- It celebrates the birth of Krishna
- It is observed according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar and the hindu mythology
- Celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight)
- An important festival in the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism or considered as a prominent festive in the Hindu tradition.
- Performance of Dance-drama of the life of Krishna according to the Bhagavata Purana
- The devotional singing through the midnight when Krishna was born
- The Upavasa, Ratri Jagaran, and a Mahotsav are a part of the celebrations.
- celebrated mainly in Mathura and Vrindavan
- Celebrated in Manipur, Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and all other states of India.
- Krishna Janmashtami is followed by the festival Nandotsav
The celebration starts in the early morning and ends at night. The celebration of the birthday of Krishna is elaborate. The devotees dance and sing the songs in praise of Lord Krishna, the savior. The events associated with his birth is recreated by the devotees. The birthplace recreation, singing hymns in praise of Yamuna river which paved the way for the transportation of Lord Krishna to the lap of the safety at Vrindavan. In the scenes of his birth and childhood, the kids are even making up and transformed into little Krishna and little Radha and participate in the holy procession. Let’s celebrate this Krishna Janmashtami together with love and happiness!