Janmashtami is the day Lord Krishna was born. People visit Krishna temples on this day, conduct Puja and have a whole day of celebration. Worship Lord Krishna whole heartedly on this auspicious day and seek his blessings for a prosperous and joyful life.
Janmashtami, Hindu festival celebrating the birth (janma) of the god Krishna on the eighth (ashtami) day of the dark fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada (August–September). The number eight has another significance in the Krishna legend in that he is the eighth child of his mother, Devaki.
Krishna Janmashtami is an important festival which is celebrated with great fervour. It is an important day for all Hindus and especially for Krishna devotees as well. According to mythology, Krishna was considered a playful and naughty character but at the same time he was very lovable as well.
As a child Sri Krishna was very naughty and he was very fond of butter. In states like Maharashtra people enact incidents from Krishna’s childhood by placing an earthen pot high above the ground and then forming a human pyramid to try and break it. Many youngsters participate in this activity with great enthusiasm. This ritual of breaking the pot is known as Dahi-Handi.
Janmashtami Celebrations In Dwarka
Dwarka which is the place where Krishna was born celebrates this festival in a big way. There are hordes of visitors who flock this city to witness and take part in the celebrations. The city is decorated and the people sing Bhajans praising Lord Krishna. People light up their homes and celebrate Krishna’s birth in a grand manner. Women prepare special food items and make offerings to the Gods also. Sri Krishna was particularly fond of butter and milk items and so women prepare sweet dishes made using milk and Ghee. Many people observe a fast also on this day.
Janmashtami Celebrations In Vrindavan
In places like Vrindavan, plays are organised wherein people enact scenes and events from Krishna’s childhood days and adult life as well. This is known as Rasleela. Nowadays in modern times, Rasleela is performed by professional troupes. They perform it with utmost devotion and sincerity and keep the tradition alive. Various important events of Krishna’s life are enacted and people enjoy watching it.
The Rasleela of Vrindavan is famous. Vrindavan was Krishna’s birthplace and he spent his early childhood years here. It is said that later on around the age of twenty eight, Sri Krishna moved to Dwarka where he spent a majority of his life. He also spent some years in Mathura. These three places Vrindavan, Mathura and Dwarka are important places of significance for Krishna devotees. In these places, Janmasthami is celebrated with great gusto and fervour. Krishna Janmashtami is also celebrated in other countries besides India by ardent Krishna followers. Indians who are living abroad also celebrate this festival with great excitement and interest.
Many people conduct Puja at midnight itself. Some others perform Puja in the morning or evening. In many houses in South India, people draw footsteps of Lord Krishna from the entrance of the house to the Puja room. These footsteps are drawn with rice flour paste and drawing these footsteps is a sign of welcoming Lord Krishna home. Women draw patterns of tiny footsteps like those of infant Krishna.
Many people love Lord Krishna. He is a favorite deity for many people and hence this celebration has a lot of significance for many Hindus. People pray to Lord Krishna on this day and seek his blessings for a happy and good life. There are long queues outside Lord Krishna’s temples on the day of Janmashtami and everybody sings praises of Lord Krishna on this holy day.