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Krishna Janmashtami 2016

Krishna Janmashtami 2016 Krishna Janmashtami


As per Hindu Vedic scriptures, Krishna is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was born on 18 July 3228 BCE in Mathura as a Yadav son to Devki and Vasudev.


This day is celebrated all over India and is also known as Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti or sometimes simply as Janmashtami.


Story behind Krishna Janmashtami


Lord Vishnu had incarnated as Krishna, the eighth son of Vasudev and Devki. As per our scriptures, Kansa was an evil brother to Devki. He had a prophecy of his death by the hands of Devki’s eighth son. He then killed his own father, King Ugrasen and trapped his sister with her husband in prison.


He himself became the King of Mathura and himself killed the first six kids of Devki and Vasudev. When Lord Krishna was born, the prison was opened on its own and his father dropped him to Nandini Yashodha in Gokul to safety under the guidance of Lord Vishnu himself.


Why is it Celebrated


Lord Krishna is the ultimate power of the Universe for the Hindus. He is their protector, hero, philosopher, guide, leader and teacher. Thus, his birthday is an event of immense joy.




Lord Krishna took birth at midnight on the ashtami or the 8th day of the Krishnapaksha or dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Shravan. As per the Hindu Calendar, Ashtami Tithi begins at 22:47 pm on 24th August, 2016 and ends at 20:07 pm on 25th August.


Lord Vishnu is one of the most worshipped Hindu God of prosperity. His incarnation of Krishna is most widely admired and loved. Fasting and praying during Janmashtami tends to make the Lord happy. Thus, the devotees may achieve health, prosperity and longevity. Products to perform the puja


The devotees tend to fast and pray at midnight on the eve of Janmashtami. All the rituals pertaining to this festival are:


  • Fasting devotees should have a simple meal once a day.
  • Devotees do not sleep at night. They rather pray at midnight as Lord Krishna was born at midnight.
  • Sweets are prepared as ‘parshad’ to be offered to the Lord during the puja.
  • Raslila, a dance form of girls commemorating the dances of Lord Krishna with his girlfriend’s is presented in Mathura and Vrindavan.
  • The event of dahi-handi, a competition to break a very high handing full of dahi like Lord Krishna is conducted in Maharashtra.
  • The idol of Lord Krishna is worshipped in its ‘baby’ form and then, placed in a baby swing.
  • Lord Vishnu temple may be visited and Vishnu Purana is read.


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