In Hindu mythology, the 8th carnation of Vishnu, Sri Krishna, is the only one who appears in different colors in every stage of his earthly life. As a child he was mischievous and his childhood was full of pranks and fun. Some worship Krishna as the ideal child of innocence. In his youth, he was the most romantic lover and wooed young girls with his flute. The girls were devoted to him and Radha was his greatest devotee. He was a compassionate king and cared for the poor. He was a loyal and trusted friend. He was skilled in war and counseled his friend, Arjuna, on the battle field of Kurukshetra, giving the world the greatest scripture-Bhagwad Gita, which is read worldwide.
Just before the war, Arjuna had a dialogue with Krishna, in which Krishna had explained how an aspiring seeker might seek union with God. This formed the basis of Bhagwad Gita, which till date, when studied, comes forth every time with new meaning. Unlike the other scriptures of the past, The Gita did not teach world renunciation, but instead encouraged world acceptance.
There are many exciting stories about Sri Krishna from his birth to his death. Those who believe in the Hindu faith and in Sri Krishna, celebrate their adorable God’s birthday in the form of Janmashtami. On this day, devotees pray and keep a fast to obtain the grace of Lord Krishna. It is one of the biggest religious festivals in India.
When was Sri Krishna born?
Janmashtami is the birth date of Lord Krishna—the day he made his earthly appearance. According to mythological texts, Shri Krishna was born in the month of BHadrapad, on the eight day of the dark fortnight. And if this day coincides with the Rohini Nakshatra, then it is considered even luckier and that year, this day is also celebrated as Sri Krishna’s birth anniversary.
Krishna was born to Devaki and Vasudev in a prison in Mathura. To save the baby from getting killed by his maternal uncle ,he was taken across the river to Vrindavan,by his father where he was brought up by Yasoda and Nanda,a cowherd.