Happy Janmashtami 2020: Janmashtami is additionally referred to as Krishna Janmashtami

Happy Janmashtami 2020: Janmashtami is additionally referred to as Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami. it's celebrated per annum on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha or dark fortnight within the month of Bhadrapada consistent with the Hindu calendar . In 2020, Janmashtami is widely known on 11 and 12 August.

Interesting story behind the festival Janmashtami

Before starting the story does one know why is it celebrated on the eight-day or Ashtami? it's believed that the Krishna is that the eighth child of his mother, Devaki so, Krishna Janmashtami is widely known on the eighth day.

According to Hindu mythology, the evil king Kansa ruled Mathura. to increase his empire he married his sister with Vasudeva, the Yadu king. After the wedding , Kansa decided to shower the newlyweds with lavish gifts because he wants to realize the trust of Vasudeva. But heaven has another plan for them. When he takes the reins of the nuptial chariot a voice from heaven booms that his evil ways will come to an end by his sister's 8th child.

Happy Janmashtami 2020: Date, Quotes, Wishes, Messages, Poems and more

After knowing about his prophecy, Kansa sends his sister and her husband Vasudeva during a prison. Actually, Kansa wants to kill Devaki but Vasudeva promised him that he will give all his 8 children within the hands of Kansa if he would spare Devaki's life.

Kansa agreed and one by one he killed all the six children who were born to the couple. For the 7 times when Devaki gets pregnant interesting things started happening. Through the divine intervention, the seventh child of Devaki is transferred from her womb to the womb of Rohini, Vasudeva's first wife, and during this way, Devaki's and Vasudeva's seventh child was safely born.

When again Devaki was pregnant Kansa again was anxious to kill the couple's another child but God's wish was different. Krishna was actually the eighth child of Devaki and also an avatar of Lord Vishnu.

When Devaki was going into the labour pain, Vishnu appears in her cell and informs Vasudeva that his eighth child is an incarnation of himself that's Lord Vishnu and can make an end of the dominion of Kansa.

That night was dark with thunderstorms and lightening; Vishnu destroys all the locks and puts the guards to sleep. He also gave Vishnu instructions on what he has got to do then suddenly Lord Vishnu disappears.

Vasudeva as per the instructions left the palace by carrying a basket containing his divine son. He crossed the Yamuna into the village of Gokul and exchanges the baby with the neonate girl of Gokul's head Nanda and his wife Yashoda.

In this way, Krishna grew up in Gokul and eventually killed his uncle, Kansa.

How is Janmashtami celebrated?

Janmashtami celebration

The actual celebration of Krishna Janmashtami takes place during the midnight because it's believed that Lord Krishna was born on a dark, stormy and windy night to finish the rule of his maternal uncle Kansa. within the whole of India, it's celebrated with devotional songs, people keep the fast whole day, several temples were decorated beautifully dedicated to the life journey of Krishna. Mainly, the Janmashtami celebration at Mathura and Vrindavan is extremely special as he had spent his life there. The image of Krishna in the dark is bathed in water and milk then he wearing new clothes and worshipped. Sweets are first offered to God then distributes as Prasada.

Also, on today people wont to hang pots of butter and milk within the streets on the poles, men form pyramids to succeed in and break the pots. it's famous as Dahi Handi. This predicts Krishna's childhood days when he wont to play with the cowherd's boys and stole curds spent time of reach by their mothers. So, he was also referred to as ‘Makhanchor’ the one who steals butter. People wont to sing, dance in groups.

So, now you'll have come to understand about the interesting story behind the Janmashtami festival and the way is it celebrated.

Happy Krishna Janmashtami!

 The Hindu community of India and abroad are ready to celebrate Janmashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna, on Thursday (Aug 25).

The festival celebrating birth of the eighth avatar of Vishnu falls on the Ashtami of the Krishna Paksha (eighth day of no moon) of the month of Bhadrapad (August–September) within the Hindu calendar .

On this pious occasion, we bring you 15 interesting facts about Janmashtami celebrations:

1. Janmashtami is additionally mentioned as Krishna Janmashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti and Sree Jayanti.

2. In India, religious frenzy are often seen at North Indian city of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh , where Krishna was born, and Gokul, 15 km south-east of Mathura, where the Lord was mentioned .

There are reportedly over 400 temples in Mathura dedicated to Nandgopal. There are celebrations galore at Mathura’s twin city Vrindavan also .

3. Gokulashtami is additionally celebrated in South India where devotees offer Krishna fruits as ‘prasadam’ and sing devotional songs.

The floors are decorated with small footprints made from flour symbolizing those of Bal-Gopal (baby Krishna).

4. within the western state of Maharashtra, the main attraction of the festival is ‘dahi-handi’ (breaking of a pot filled with curd hung within the air by a person's pryamid).

Over 4000 “dahi-handi” events are organized on Janmashtami in Mumbai alone; the foremost popular of them being held at Girgaon, Dadar, Lower Parel, Worli and Lalbaug. The event symbolizes stealing of butter by Krishna and his friends.

5. Gujarat, a land which is believed to be Krishna’s kingdon, also celebrates the festival, especially at the Dwarkadhish temple.

6. In Eastern states of Odisha, especially in Puri, and West Bengal , especially in Mayapur and Nabadwip, devotees observe the day by fasting till midnight (till the birth time of Krishna), worshiping the Lord, reciting verses from the Bhagavad Gita (Krishna’s battlefield discussion with Arjuna during the war of Mahabharata), singing devotional songs and chanting of “Hare Krishna” and “Hari Bol”.

7. it's not only in India but also in abroad that Janmashtami is widely known .

In fact, Singapore celebrates the festival with much fervour.

Religious processions amid “Hare Krishna” chanting are taken out at Serangoon Road, a street stretched from Little India to Kallang.

Vibrant celebrations also can be observed at Shree Lakshmi Narayan Temple at Chander Road in Little India district.

8. The Indian community in Canada, especially those residing at Toronto, organizes various cultural programmes at the Richmond Hill temple to mark the birth of Krishna.


9. Pakistani Hindus also celebrate the festival at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Karachi with bhajans and sermons on Krishna.

10. Though predominantly a Muslim country, Janmashtami is observed with much vibrancy in Malaysia, especially at the Lord Krishna temple in Kuala Lumpur .

11. Indians residing in Paris and other parts of France, decorate their homes and temples and as soon because the clock strikes midnight, give idols of Gopal (baby Krishna) ceremonious bath with Ganga water which they especially get from India. Then the idols are put in cradles and swung, while conches are blown.

12. In Nepal, celebrations are held at the famous Krishna temple located at Patan Durbar Square where devotees offer flowers, “prasad” (food) and coins to the Lord.

13. In London, the festivity continues for 2 days. Over 60,000 people attend the Janmashtami celebrations at Bhaktivedanta Manor, the united kingdom headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).


Pertinently, the house was donated to the Hare-Krishna movement by Harrison , lead guitarist, songwriter and singer of The Beatles.

14. Janmashtami celebrations are held within the US also , especially in ny , Orlando, California and Massachusetts.

15. Janmashtami may be a legal holiday in Bangladesh. Since 1902, a spiritual procession is taken out from Dhakeshwari National Temple located at the capital city of Dhaka, which passes through Old Dhaka streets.

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