- Krishna Janmasthami is celebrated all over the world. Janmasthami is the joyful celebration of Lord Krishna’s birth.
Krishna Janmashtami, is also known as “Krishnashtami” is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of god Vishnu.Lord Krishna was born on the Astami thithi (eighth day) in Krishna paksha during Shravan month (August – September). It falls in Bhadrapad month as per North Indian Hindi calendars. Lord Krishna’s Nakshatra or the birth star is Rohini nakshatram.
The main objective or the aim of Krishna’s birth was to demolish the demon Kansa and his evil acts. Kansa is Krishna’s maternal uncle. Janmashtami 2010, popularly known as Krishnashtami, date is September 1, 2010. Smartha Sects celebrate the Janmashtami in 2010 on September 1 and Vaishnava sects celebrate the Krishnashtami 2010 or Gokulashtami in 2010 on September 2. Janmashtami 2010 date in North India is 2nd September (In some places).
Janmashtami is also called by these names,”Gokulashtami“, “Ashtami Rohini”, “Srikrishna Jayanti“, “Sree Jayanthi” or simply as “Janmashtami“.
The ritual is to fast the previous day (Saptami, seventh day), which is followed by a night-long vigil commemorating the birth of Krishna at midnight in the jail where his maternal uncle Kansa was keeping them captive, and his immediate removal by his father Vasudeva to a foster-home for safe-keeping.At midnight, the idol of the infant Krishna is bathed, adorned in new clothes and jewellery, placed in a cradle and worshiped.
The fast is completed after Aarti, a special prayer.
This religious festival is celebrated all over India in the month of August/September on the ashtami of Krishna Paksh or the eighth day in the month of Bhadon according to the Hindu calendar with great devotion and zeal..
Mathura & Vrindavan Celebrations:
The Janmashtami of Mathura and Vrindavan, the places where Lord Krishna had spent his childhood, are famous all over the world. Devotees from across the world come to these pious places to celebrate Janmasthami. On this auspicious occasion, temples and homes are beautifully decorated and illuminated. Night long prayers are offered and religious hymns are sung in temples. The priests chant holy mantras and bath the idol with Panchamrit which comprises of Gangajal (water from the holy Ganges River), milk, ghee (clarified butter), curd, and honey pouring all these from a conch shell. After this bath the idol of the infant Krishna (also known as Balmukund) is placed in a cradle. Devotional songs and dances mark the celebration of this festive occasion all over Northern India.
The temples especially in Vrindavan witness an extravagant and colorful celebration on this occasion. Raslila is performed to recreate incidents from the life of Krishna and to commemorate his love for Radha.
There is one more ceremony that is fulfilled on this day and it is Dahi Handi. Dahi Handi is a quite mischief that is played by Govindas all over the world. For this naughtiness people hang Dahi Handi very high. This Dahi Handi is kept full of butter. Govindas make squads and try to smash this Dahi Handi full of butter. For this ceremony people pay huge amount of money to Govindas as a prize. This huge amount of prize is given to only that particular team of Govindas which break it fruitfully. Many teams of Govindas try to smash Dahi Handi.
Hope this festival brings all joy & happiness to you and your family………The festival of Krishna Janamastami is the celebration of Lord Krishna's birthday. Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is a unique character in Hindu mythology.
The birthday of Krishna falls on the Astami of Krishna Paksh (the eighth day of the dark fortnight) in the month of shravana (August-September).
There is a tradition among the hindus, that whenever the wicked annoy and persecute the righteous, god undertakes an incarnation, not only to protect them, but also to save the world from destruction, due to their evil deeds.Krishna the incarnation of lord vishnu was born with this purpose.
The Story of Krishna Birth...
Mother Earth, unable to bear the burden of sins committed by evil kings and rulers, appealed to Brahma, the Creator for help. Brahma prayed to the Supreme Lord Vishnu, who assured him that he would soon be born on earth to annihilate tyrannical forces.
One such evil force was Kamsa, the ruler of Mathura (in northern India, now in Uttar Pradesh state) and his people were utterly terrified of him. On the day Kamsa's sister Devaki was married off to Vasudeva, an akashvani or voice from the sky was heard prophesying that Devaki's 8th son would be the destroyer of Kamsa. The frightened Kamsa immediately unsheathed his sword to kill his sister but Vasudeva intervened and implored Kamsa to spare his bride, and promised to hand over every new born child to him. Kamsa relented but imprisoned both Devaki and her husband Vasudeva.
When Devaki gave birth to her first child, Kamsa came to the prison cell and slaughtered the newborn. In this way, he killed the first six sons of Devaki. Even before her 8th child was born, Devaki and Vasudeva started lamenting its fate and theirs. Then suddenly Lord Vishnu appeared before them and said he himself was coming to rescue them and the people of Mathura. He asked Vasudeva to carry him to the house of his friend, the cowherd chief Nanda in Gokula right after his birth, where Nanda's wife Yashoda had given birth to a daughter. He was to exchange his boy and bring Yashoda's baby daughter back to the prison. Vishnu assured them that "nothing shall bar your path".
At midnight on ashtami, the divine baby was born in Kamsa's prison. Remembering the divine instructions, Vasudeva clasped the child to his bosom and started for Gokula, but found that his legs were in chains. He jerked his legs and was unfettered! The massive iron-barred doors unlocked and opened up.
While crossing river Yamuna, Vasudeva held his baby high over his head. The rain fell in torrents and the river was in spate. But the water made way for Vasudeva and miraculously a five-mouthed snake followed him from behind and provided shelter over the baby.
When Vasudeva reached Gokula, he found the door of Nanda's house open. He exchanged the babies and hurried back to the prison of Kamsa with the baby girl. Early in the morning, all the people at Gokula rejoiced the birth of Nanda's beautiful male child. Vasudeva came back to Mathura and as he entered, the doors of the prison closed themselves.
When Kamsa came to know about the birth, he rushed inside the prison and tried to kill the baby.The seventh child was "Yoga-Maya" who slipped out of the hands of kamsa, warned him of his death.
Lord Sri Krishna said in theGita: "To protect the righteous, to destroy the sinful and to reinstate morals, I am born again and again in every age"; now, you get a special meaning. In every age, the Lord takes birth on this earth to destroy evil and protect dharma.If Sri krishna(The lord) has to be discovered in our heart, the mind(Devaki) and Intellect(Vasudev) must integrate.Six impurities----desire, anger, greed, delusion, intoxication&jealousy must be given up.One must rise above the spiritual powers(Yoga-maya).Finally the lord is born and he kills the EGO(Kamsa).
WITH BEST WISHES AND PRAYERS
"Vasudeva Sutam Devam, Kansa Chaanuuramardanam
Devakii Paramaanandam Krishhnam Vande Jagad Gurum"
Meaning: Krishna is the Supreme Lord, Son of Devaki (Sister of Kansa) and Vasudeva. He is the slayer of Kansa and Chanur. I bow to such great lord and may god bless me with his grace always.
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