Krishna Janmashtami is a Hindu festival celebrated in the months of August September as per the Gregorian calendar. Krishna Janmashtami marks the birth of 8th reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, the slayer of Kamsa and advisor of Arjuna in Mahabharata. Krishna is a popular and much revered Hindu deity.
When is Krishna Janmashtami Celebrated?
Krishna Janmashtami is typically observed on 8th day of the dark fortnight i.e. Krishna Paksha, in the Hindu Luni-solar calendar month of Shraavana. It corresponds to the Gregorian calendar month of August-September. The dates of actual celebrations of Krishna Janmashtami at different places may vary by a day.
Celebrations of Krishna Janmashtami
The Indian Hindu community celebrates Krishna Janmashtami displaying a mix of emotions – joy, fun, devotion, love and compassion. For some it is an opportunity to spiritually awaken the soul; for others it is just a day to sing bhajans and dance with compassion with reverence to Krishna.
Temples of Sri Krishna are profoundly decorated and every corner is lit up with lights of several colours. Groups of people dressed ascetically could be seen dancing and chanting bhajans. Surprisingly a good majority of devotees in Mathura-Vrindavan region of Uttar Pradesh constitute of foreign nationals.
Such is the aura and impression of Krishna that even someone not belonging to Indian soil, gets drenched in devotion and compassion for him.
Some people however, prefer to celebrate the day in private, in their house, either worshiping or fasting. Those who fast, usually do it for 24 hours, some even without water. During the fasting they abstain from negative thoughts and other infatuations and try to chant the name of Krishna.
Krishna Janmashtami is one of the most significant and awaited festival of Hindu’s mainly in the Braj region of Uttar Pradesh. People love to celebrate as much as they love their God and spare no time in worshiping their beloved God.