Must know facts about Krishna Janmashtami Celebration

Krishna Janmashtami is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. It is also known simply as Krishnashtami or Gokulashtami. This festival is observed according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, on the Ashtami of the Krishna Paksha in Shravan Maas of the lunar Hindu Calendar and Krishna Paksha in Bhadrapad of the lunisolar Hindu Calendar. On this pious occasion, here are some must-know and interesting facts about Krishna Janmashtami Puja Vidhi, Celebration, and rituals.

Facts About Krishna Janmashtami

  • This Krishna Janmashtami is 5246th Birth Anniversary of Lord Krishna. According to some scholars, Lord Krishna born on 18th July 3228 BCE.
  • It is one of the biggest religious festival in the World. As around 930 Million people observed Janmashtami last year.
  • Interestingly, more than 2 Million people celebrate Janmashtami in the us only.
  • In the western state of Maharashtra, the major attraction of this festival is ‘dahi-handi’. Over 4000 dahi-handi events are organized in Mumbai alone. Now it is an major event not only in India but also in abroad; where Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated.
  • Birth place of Lord Krishna – Mathura has around 400 temples dedicated to Nandgopal.
  • Lord Krishna is known by around 108 names in the world.
  • It is also known as Krishnashtami, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti and Sree Jayanthi. On Gokulashtami; People worship Lord Krishna along with Radha and Balaram.
  • The term Krishna in Sanskrit means ‘black’. As he had a dark skin tone.
  • Jhakkis and Ghatas – Special tableaus known as ‘jhankis’; created during this time to recreate various incidents from the childhood of the Lord.
  • Lord  Krishna is the most adorable god, mischievous son,the most romantic lover and the most compassionate friend. On this auspicious day, devotees worship Lord Krishna in all of these aspects.
  • Nandotsava – A holi celebration with turmeric and curd along with jasmine flowers is an eye catching ceremony to celebrate on Krishna Janmashtami.
  • Most of the time, Krishna Janmashtami is listed on two consecutive days. The first one is for Smarta Sampradaya and the other one is for Vaishanava Sampradaya. Vaishanava Sampradaya date is the latter one. A single date for this festival means that both Sampradaya would observe Janmashtami on the same date.
facts about Krishna Janmashtami

Must Know Rituals

  • Place a krishan Status and Decorate the diety with his Flute,new clothes Flowers,ornaments and string enormous flower garlands onit
  • Cook afeast of over one hundred dishesh and delicacies for the janmasthmi celebration and the young and the infirms fast all day till the midnight 
  • Do kirtan – singing the lord’sname along with japa the intimate prayer and chant the mantras –“Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya”
  • Have a lamp and offer flowers specifically tulsi leaves and light incense along with fruits and sprinkle water on the lord Krishna sculpture offer Prasad, named ‘Panchaamart’.
  • Devotess organize rigorous prayer sessions and prayer Hymns along with Temple Bells, Temples Shells and Traditional conches.
  • Decorating your home for Krishna can be fun, particularly for children. Encourage them in helping to make garlands, hanging balloons and festoons of leaves, and generally making the house beautiful for krishna’s appearance.
  • Chant extra round of the Here Krishna mantra on your japa mala (prayer beads).This is an intimate one on one exchange with Krishna, and makes you fell much closer to the Lord.

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Amazing facts about celebration of Janmashtami

  • The deities are also bathed with a variety of auspicious liquids; such as milk, honey, curd and nectar ghee in a kind of ceremony called ABHISHEKHA.
  • Children also enjoy dressing up as Radha,Krishana and there associates And his Gopis (Patranis)and re-enacting Krishana’s pastimes. This helps to create a very Festivals mood-RAASLEELA
  • Lord Krishna is taken in a pallakki (Palanquin) around the temple hall and enter the shayana room to make rest. This is known as JHULANUTSAVA or “jhulan purnima”.
  • Dahi Handi – It generally takes place on the second day of Janmashtami. An earthen pot containing a mixture of milk, dry fruits, ghee hung around 20-30 feet high in the air with the help of a rope. Silver coins also hung along with the rope; which are later distributed as prize to the winners. Enthusiastic yound men form human pyramid by standing one on top of the other, trying to break the pot. Onlookers throw water on the young men in order to prevent.
  • Nandotsava – A holi celebration with turmeric and curd along with jasmine flowers is an eye catching ceremony to celebrate on Krishna Janmashtami.
  • Jhakkis and Ghatas – Special tableaus known as ‘jhankis’; created during this time to recreate various incidents from the childhood of the Lord.

The significance of Krishna Janmashtami is that; he used his life to explain the great teaching in Upanishads. He taught us to remain neutral, live in the moment, and celebrate every day of life. However you chose to worship, Lord Krishna is happy with any offerings to him in true devotion

Krishna Janmashtami Date

Krishna Janmashtami falls in the month of Bhadrapada on the Ashtami Tithi of the Krishna Paksha.

Janamashtmi dates for several years are listed below

  • 2021: Monday, 30 August
  • 2022: Thursday, 18 August
  • 2023: Wednesday, 06 September

So remember that whatever way you worship Krishna on this holy day. He will reciprocate with you accordingly. It’s a meditation that makes for an extremely rewarding devotional experience. According to Bhagavad Gita, that whenever there will be a predominance of evil and decline of religion, Lord Krishna will reincarnate to kill the evil and to save the good. The main significance of Krishna Janmashtami is to encourage goodwill and discourage bad will. It is also celebrated togetherness. The holy occasion brings people together, thus it signifies unity and faith.


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