Sunday, 28 June 2015


This festival is also known by the names Krishna Jayanti and Janmashtami. This festival is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Shri Krishna. It is celebrated for 2 days.

Krishna was the son of Devaki and Vasudeva. Kamsa, Devakis brother was determined to kill Krishna. So he was handed over to Nanda and Yashoda in Gokul to be safely brought up. He was born on the 8th day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Shravan as per Hindu Calendar.

Krishna was believed to be born midnight. So on Janmashtami, people fast and stay up till midnight singing songs and bhajans dedicated to him. Next day, Dahi Handi is celebrated based on the legend of Krishna stealing butter when he was a child. An earthen pot filled with butter, buttermilk is placed high up tied with a rope. A human pyramid is formed and the topmost person breaks the handi.

To worship Lord Krishna on Janmashtami, people decorate the house with rangoli. Small footprints of Krishna are drawn at the threshold of the house to mark his arrival in the house. The idol is worshiped with colorful flowers and offerings of butter, buttermilk, fruits, beetel and sweets is made. Some temples conduct readings of Bhagvat Geeta on this day.

The day is celebrated with pomp and fervor differently in every state of India.

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