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Sri Krishna Janmashtami is a festival that commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna in Mathura, and the festivities occur on the dark fortnight of the eighth day of the month of Bhadrapada, as per the Hindu Panchang. According to the Gregorian calendar, however, this festival occurs in the month of July or August, and this year, it will occur on 18th August.
Ashtami Tithi Begins - 03:37 PM on Sep 06, 2023 Ashtami Tithi Ends - 04:14 PM on Sep 07, 2023
Rohini Nakshatra Begins - 09:20 AM on Sep 06, 2023 Rohini Nakshatra Ends - 10:25 AM on Sep 07, 2023
Sarva Pitru Amavasya on Sunday, September 25, 2022
Amavasya Tithi Begins - 03:12 AM on Sep 25, 2022
Amavasya Tithi Ends - 03:23 AM on Sep 26, 2022
Ashtami Tithi Begins - 03:37 PM on Sep 06, 2023
Ashtami Tithi Ends - 04:14 PM on Sep 07, 2023
The diversity of the country makes it a perfect place where different festivals can be celebrated with a spirit of unity and joy. Sri Krishna Janmashtami 2022 is one of these festivals that celebrates the birth of Lord Vishnu’s avatar, Sri Krishna. It is also popularly known as Gokulashtami and falls on the eighth day of Bhadrapada month. According to the mythologies of the Hindu religion, Lord Vishnu incarnated as Krishna Bhagwan on the Earth to slay the demon Kansa, the brother of Devaki.
The puja vidhi of this festival is quite significant as all the preparations are made to celebrate the birth of Laddoo Gopal. We have listed an elaborate puja vidhi down below for this occasion to help you reap maximum benefits of this puja-
The tale behind the birth of Lord Krishna is certainly extremely fascinating and captivating. He was born in the Rohini Nakshatra of the Asthami tithi during the waning phase of the moon known as Krishna Paksha. He was born in the month of Bhadrapada as per the Hindu Panchang. Hence the Sri Krishna Janmashtami dates and time are determined after making these astrological calculations.
His birth was destined to prevail the age of dharma every time adharma began to rise in the world. He is the protector who saves the world from the destruction caused by adharma and its followers. Krishna eliminated his uncle Kansa as his evil deeds had reached a peak. Hence, Lord Vishnu incarnates in different forms upon this Earth to reinstate the reign of dharma each time the world is engulfed in chaos and terror.
As per the scriptures in Hinduism, Sri Krishna was born on the Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day of the dark fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada in the town of Mathura. He was born to Devaki and Vasudeva. Devaki was the sister of the demon king of Mathura, Kansa. According to a prophecy, Kansa’s sins would be punished, and he would be killed by the eighth son Devaki. Hence, Kansa imprisoned his own sister and her husband. He tried to kill Devaki’s children as soon as they were born to eliminate the possibility of the prophecy coming true.
When the eighth son was born to Devaki, the entire palace fell in a magically induced deep slumber, and Vasudeva managed to save the baby from Kansa’s wrath by transferring him to Yashodha and Nanda’s house in Vrindavan, in the middle of the night. This baby was an avatar of Lord Vishnu and came to be known as Sri Krishna, who ultimately slew Kansa, putting an end to his rule of terror.
This festival is cherished by both young and old, and it has a lot to do with the rituals associated with this day. Let us look at some of the prominent rituals associated with this day-
According to the mythology surrounding Krishna’s birth, the kingdom of Mathura fell asleep due to divine intervention when Devaki’s eighth son was born. This enabled Vasudeva to take advantage of the situation, sneaking his newborn son out of Mathura. He carried Krishna in a basket in the heavy rains. The king of the snakes, Shesnag, emerged out of the Yamuna river and shielded the two with his five-headed hood. Therefore, with the help of the cosmic powers, Vasudeva managed to cross the heavy flow of the river Yamuna, reaching Gokul. Once here, Vasudeva left his son with his foster parents, Yashoda and Nanda.
Yashoda, on the other hand, had given birth to a girl, believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Vasudeva replaced the girl with Krishna, taking the baby girl back with him to Mathura. He thus managed to trick Kansa into believing that the prophecy of his death at the hands of Devaki’s eighth son is false, giving him a sense of relief and joy.
The festival of Janmashtami is celebrated with a lot of excitement and vigor each year as devotees revel in the birth anniversary of Krishna, their lord, and protector.
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