What: Krishna Janmastami is the birthday of Lord Krishna, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who is described in India’s sacred writings as the God Himself. He is the most adorable and mischievous son, the most romantic lover, the most compassionate friend and the most compassionate God, who reciprocates in a uniquely personal ways with every devotee who offers Him love and devotion. The verses in the Bhagavad-Gita say that whenever there will be predominance of evil and decline of religion, the Lord will reincarnate to kill the evil and to save the good. The main significance of Janmashtami is therefore to encourage goodwill and to discourage bad will.
The rituals and festivities begin before dawn and extend all day until midnight, the exact moment of the anniversary of Krishna’s appearance. The ritual of ‘Dahi Handi’ is also observed in the western part of the country, where teams of young men form human pyramids to break high hanging pots, to symbolize the naughtiness of Lord Krishna. ‘Maha Aarti’ is performed at midnight along with conch shells marking the birth of Lord Krishna.
When: According to the Hindu calendar this religious festival is celebrated on the 8th day of Krishna Paksh or the 8th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadon. The festival is celebrated at midnight.
Why: The Lord blesses his devotees with the following:
- Wealth, food and fame.
- Keeping fast on this auspicious day is very much beneficialas it is believed that the Lord fulfills all the desires of his devotees.
- The Lord helps his devotees to gather wisdoms.