Krishna Janmashtami (otherwise called Janmashtami, Gokulashtami, Krishnashtami, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanthi, Saatam Aatham, Ashtami Rohini) is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of God Vishnu. It is seen on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in Shraavana or Bhadrapad, which is usually in August or September. This year it is celebrated on 11 August 2020.
When is Krishna Janmashtami 2020?
This year Janmashtami is on August 11, and the promising timings for prayers start at 12.21 AM until 01.06 AM (on August 12). Dahi Handi festivities (for the most part in the last afternoon or early evening hours) will happen on August 12.
Lord Krishna was born on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the dark fortnight in the Bhadrapada month (August–September) in Mathura, ruled by the evil King Kansa, whose sister, Princess Devaki was Krishna’s birth mother. Devaki and Vasudeva were married with a great deal of fanfare, in any case, a prescience said that the couple’s eighth child would cause Kansa’s defeat.
True to form, serious trouble becomes unavoidable when Kansa knew about this and detained Devaki and Vasudeva immediately. The evil lord got their first six kids killed, however at the time of the birth of the seventh kid, Balram, the foetus is said to have been magically moved from Devaki’s belly to Princess Rohini’s. At the point when the couple’s eighth kid, child Krishna, was born, Vasudeva managed to protect the infant and offered him to Nand Baba and Yashodha in Vrindavan.
Vasudeva came back to Mathura with an baby girl and gave her over to Kansa, in any case, when the ruler endeavored to kill this infant as well, she changed into Goddess Durga, notice him about the approaching fate that he was destined for.
History of Dahi Handi
Lord Krishna experienced childhood in Vrindavan in the child care of Nand and Yashodha and was a naughty child. Baby Krishna loved makkhan (white butter), curd, and milk. He, alongside his companions, would regularly take butter from their neighbor’s homes. His mom Yashodha would regularly need to tie him up to stop his delightful antics. Lord Krishna is likewise alluded to as maakhan Chor or Navneet Chor because of these occasions.
The ladies dwelling in Vrindavan had additionally started putting away newly churned butter at a stature to keep a youthful Krishna from arriving at the pot of the scrumptious treat. The youthful Lord had his ways, however. His companions and he would form human pyramids to remove the butter from the pot hung at an elevation.
The Dahi Handi rituals consistently on Janmashtami are in this way an impersonation of Lord Krishna’s efforts. The human pyramid is typically made of 9-levels by members called Govinda and contains a young boy who is the last one to move on this pyramid and break the earthen clay pot suspended at a stature of more than 20 feet. Festivities happen for an enormous scope in conspicuous areas, while there are little scope ones too that occur in regions.
Janmashtami Celebration in India
Janmashtami, which is celebrated across India, sees various locales adding their flavor to the celebrations. Mathura and Vrindavan in North India witness festivities on a fabulous scale as it is accepted that Lord Krishna was born in Mathura and experienced childhood in Vrindavan. Krishna Leelas and Raas Leelas additionally occur narrating the life of Lord Krishna in the types of plays and dance presentations.
In Maharashtra, the celebration is praised by arranging Dahi Handi competitions that finish up with prize distribution functions, while in Gujarat’s Dwarka enthusiasts decorate household temples, sing reverential melodies and get ready sweetmeats for the God.
In Tamil Nadu, individuals observe fast and decorate the floor with excellent patterns made of rice batter called kolams. Young boys in Andhra Pradesh take on the appearance of Krishna and fans chant mantras and sing reverential songs too.
In Odisha and West Bengal, the celebration is likewise called Sri Krishna Jayanti and is praised by fasting and recounting the tenth chapter of the Hindu sacred text of Bhagavata Purana until midnight. The next day sees Nanda Utsav. In Manipur, the festivals see fasting, recitation fo sacred texts, and the Raslila dance performances.