Krishna Janmashtami: Janmashtami festival is one of the main festivals in Hindu religion. This festival holds great religious significance among Lord Krishna devotees. It commemorates the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, which is the 5250th birth anniversary of Vasudeva Krishna. The festival is celebrated worldwide by Lord Krishna devotees. Lord Krishna was born on Ashtami Tithi (eighth day) of Krishna Paksha (Waning Moon) in the month of Bhadrapada. This year, Janmashtami festival is celebrated on September 6, 2023.
Krishna Janmashtami Festival: Date and Time
|Ashtami Tithi Begins
|September 6, 2023
|Ashtami Tithi Ends
|September 7, 2023
|Rohini Nakshatra Begins
|September 6, 2023
|Rohini Nakshatra Ends
|September 7, 2023
Who is Lord Krishna?
Lord Krishna is not just a God; he is the soul in every human being. He came to rescue Draupadi when she prayed to him for help. He forgave his enemies but punished those who crossed the limits. Lord Krishna was born to destroy Adharma and establish Dharma (religion). He guided Arjuna and imparted the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita. Devotees who worship him with devotion find his support in every phase of life.
Significance of Krishna Janmashtami Festival
Krishna Janmashtami holds great significance among Hindus. It celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was born to Devki and Vasudeva but raised by Yashoda Maiya and Nand Baba. Devotees observe fasts and offer prayers to Lord Krishna in his childhood form (Baal roop). Temples are adorned with lights and flowers, and various sweets and bhog prasad are prepared. Devotees dress up and decorate their beloved Kanha.
The Story of Devraj Indra
The tradition of offering 56 bhog to Shri Krishna is linked to the pride of Devraj Indra. When Lord Krishna worshiped Govardhan instead of Indra, he rained heavily in anger. Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan mountain to protect the people of Braj. To honor this act, 56 bhog is offered in his worship, including lentils, rice, chutney, curry, ghevar, porridge, butter, cardamom, and jalebi.
The Story of Gopis
Gopis of Gokul bathed in Yamuna during Brahma Muhurta for a month to meet Shri Krishna. They took a vow to see Shri Krishna as their groom and asked Mother Katyani for 56 types of food in Udyapan. Since then, 56 bhog is offered to Shri Krishna.
Krishna Janmashtami Celebration in Mathura and Vrindavan
Janmashtami is celebrated with fervor in Mathura, Vrindavan, and Gokul, where Lord Krishna spent his childhood and performed Raas Leela. Temples like Banke Bihari temple, Radha Raman temple, and Govind Dev are adorned with flowers, chandeliers, and lights. Cultural programs, Raas Leela, Julanotsav, and food stalls are organized for devotees.
Janmashtami Puja Vidhi
- Wake up early, take a holy bath, and commit to observing a strict fast with devotion.
- Clean the house and puja room before starting puja rituals.
- Bathe Laddoo Gopal Ji with plain water, gangajal, and panchamrit.
- Adorn him with new attire, Mukut, Mor Pankh, and flute.
- Apply a yellow chandan tilak.
- Place Laddoo Gopal Ji on a wooden plank with a yellow cloth and flower garland.
- Offer Tulsi Patra, Panchamrit, sweets, and five fruits.
- Chant “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaye” and keep him happy all day.
- At midnight, celebrate Lord Krishna’s birthday and chant “Aarti Kunj Bihari Ki.”
- Offer bhog prasad of fruits mixed with dry dhaniya powder and Makhana kheer.
- Break the fast and enjoy fruits and bhog prasad on the next day.
- Shree Krishna Govind Hare Murari Hey Nath Narayan Vasudeva..!!
- Achyutam Keshvam Krishna Damodaram Ram Narayanam Janki Vallabham..!!
- Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare..!!.
Celebrate Janmashtami with devotion and joy, remembering the divine significance of Lord Krishna’s birth.