Janmashtami is the celebration of birth of the Lord Krishna who is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Janmashtami is celebrated on the eighth day of half dark Krishna Paksha of the month of Shravana as per the Hindu Calendar. It is believed that Shri Krishna took birth on that day and in celebration of his birth birthday, Hindus celebrate the Krishna Janmashtami also known as Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti or sometimes simply as Janmashtami.
Shree Krishna had taken birth with a purpose to kill Kansa his uncle and to free the people of Mathura from the havoc created by Kansa. His uncle, King Kansa already know that the eighth son of his Sister-Devaki will be the reason for his death. So, to avoid his death, he imprisoned his sister Devaki and her husband for years till their eighth child was born, but he couldn’t revert his destiny.
When Shree Krishna took birth, the situation changed dramatically and doors of the prison opened automatically and father of Lord Krishna took new born baby to his friend Nanda living in Gokul where Shree Krishna got up. Because He got up by Nanda and his wife Yashoda, Shree Krishna is also known as the son of Yashoda and Nanda.
Many devotees observe fast. At midnight, people perform many rituals as it is believed that Shree Krishna had born on midnight. People makes the idol of Bal Krishna bath with milk and then it is dressed with beautiful clothes and jewelries and place in the cradle. Devotees are offered sweets. People dance on Krishna Bhajans to express their joy of Krishna Birth, organize shows of Krishna Jhankis also take part in the Rasa Lila. But the most popular activity is the custom of “Dahi Handi”. The human towers try to smash the Dahi Handi hanging on the a very high position. There is competition between local groups to smash Dahi Handi and the winner also receive great prizes.
Krishna Janmashtami 2016 Day and Puja Muhurat:
Day: 25th August 2016, Thursday (Krishna Paksha Ashtami of Hindu month of Shravana)
Nishita Puja Muhurat: 23:58 (25th August, 2016) to 00:43 (26th August, 2016)
Mid Night Muhurat: 00:21 on 26th August, 2016
Parana Time: After 10:52 on 26th August, 2016.
Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated all over India with Krishna Bhajans, religious songs, pujas, aarati, Dahi Handi, Rasa Lila, Krishna Jhankis and many more spiritual activities. Vrindavan and Mathura which are home town of Lord Krishna is highly decorated with lightings to attracts peoples around the world. The charm of city is worth seeing.