Krishna Janmashtami

Janmashtami is observed as the day when Lord Krishna was born. It is also popularly known as Gokulashtami. This year marks the 5246th birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. It falls at midnight on Ashtami, the eighth day after the full moon in the Vedic calendar. It commemorates the appearance of Lord Krishna who is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

The image of Lord Krishna in the form of Bal Gopal or Laddu Gopal is bathed in Gangajal, ghee, curd, honey and milk. He is then offered and dressed in new clothes and jewelry. Offer flowers, sweets, incense, betel nuts, to Krishna. Chant Krishna mantras while offering and end the prayers with an Aarti.

Krishna Janmashtami

Date: 24th August 2019

Krishna Janmashtami Puja Timings:

Nishita Puja Time -12:18 AM to 01:04 AM, Aug 25

Ashtami Tithi Begins -08:09 AM on Aug 23, 2019

Ashtami Tithi Ends - 08:32 AM on Aug 24, 2019

Description:

Janmashtami is observed as the day when Lord Krishna was born. It is also popularly known as Gokulashtami. This year marks the 5246th birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. It falls at midnight on Ashtami, the eighth day after the full moon in the Vedic calendar. It commemorates the appearance of Lord Krishna who is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Most states in India celebrate Janmashtami as per the Lunar Calendar. However, a few places in South India celebrate the festival based on the Solar Calendar.

The festival is known as Satam Atham in Gujarat and Ashtami Rohini in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Krishna Janmashtami Puja Vidhi

The image of Lord Krishna in the form of Bal Gopal or Laddu Gopal is bathed in Gangajal, ghee, curd, honey and milk. He is then offered and dressed in new clothes and jewelry. Offer flowers, sweets, incense, betel nuts, to Krishna. Chant Krishna mantras while offering and end the prayers with an Aarti.

The cradle (Jhula) with the divine infant is rocked and the conch shell is blown. After the Puja is completed, devotees break their fast.

Janmashtami Festivals List

Janmashtami celebrations last for 2 days in most places.

• Day 1 – Krishna Janmashtami

• Day 2 – Dahi Handi

Janmashtami Observance

• A day long fast until midnight

• Worshipping Bal Krishna during midnight

• Chanting Hare Krishna mantras on Tulsi Beads

• Reading and hearing stories of Krishna

• Visiting Krishna temple

• Cooking sweet dishes made of milk product

Observances are held all day long before dawn up until midnight, when it is believed Lord Krishna was born. Those who fast on Janmashtami eat only one meal on the previous day and break their fast the next day after the Ashtami Tithi is over.

Fasting on Krishna Janmashtami

No grains, cereals or salt should be consumed during Janmashtami until the fast is broken the next day after Sunrise. Some devotees refrain from drinking water as well the entire day. Devotees consume milk and milk products as Lord Krishna was fond of milk and butter. Fast is broken at midnight after the birth of Lord Krishna.

Dahi Handi Celebrations

Date: 25th August 2019

Description:

Janmashtami celebrations include a number of ceremonies like Jhankis, Raslila and Dahi Handi, of which Dahi Handi is the most celebrated ceremony. Dahi Handi is a reenactment of Lord Krishna’s efforts of stealing butter from an earthen pot (Matka) that is suspended from a ceiling.

The festival usually takes place on the second day of Janmashtami. An earthen pot filled with a mixture of milk, ghee, dry fruits is hung at a height of 20 to 30 feet with the help of a rope. Silver coins and money are hung around the pot. Men of all ages form a human pyramid and try to break the pot. Onlookers throw water on the pyramid in order to prevent the pot from breaking. This is a resemblance of Lord Krishna’s childhood play with his friends trying to steal butter.

Dahi Handi is celebrated with much fervor all over the country especially in Mathura, Vrindavan, Dwarka and Mumbai.