The Krishna Janmashtami celebrations are held across the country and also in various parts of the world. The festival is known by several names like Krishnashtami, Gokulashtami, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti, or simply as Janmashtami.
NEW DELHI: Lord Krishna was believed to be born on the eighth day (ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapad (August – September), according to the Hindu calendar.
This year Janmashtami is being celebrated on September 2 and September 3 with the Ashtami Tithi beginning from 8:47 PM on September 2 and ends at 7:20 PM on September 3.
But most people are celebrating it on September 3, Monday.Lord Krishna was born to Devaki and Vasudeva on the midnight of Bhadrapada according to the Hindu books.
‘Janma’ means birth and ‘ashtami’ is the Sanskrit for the eighth day of the fortnight and Krishna Janmashtami is the celebration of Ashtami of Krishna Paksha.The Krishna Janmashtami celebrations are very important for the Vaishnava communities in various parts of India.
Krishna is the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu and is known as the mighty one whose teachings on life and its various phases is followed by millions.
His teachings to Arjun in the battle of Kurukshetra serves as the pathway of truth and compassion to many and form the basis of the Bhagavad Gita.
As the temples are already decorated with lights honouring Krishna, seems like Hindu followers are prepped for the festival and to wish each other.
Temples are decorated and special programmes are organised in Mathura and Vrindavan to celebrate Lord Krishna’s birth. The temples also organise recitation of holy books Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita.
The Dahi-Handi celebration is treated like a tournament in Maharashtra where different teams form human pyramids to reach the hanging handi filled with curd.The religious celebration is a public holiday in Bangladesh, where a procession is held in the capital, Dhaka.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on Monday on occasion of Janmashtami.