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Celebration of Krishna Janmashtami 2024

Lord Krishna

Krishna Janmashtami 2024

Krishna Janmashtami Date and timings: Krishna Janmashtami falls on 26th August 2024, Monday  

Ashtami Thithi Timing: August 26, 03:39 AM - August 27, 02:20 AM 
Rohini Nakshatara Timing: August 26, 03:55 PM - August 27, 03:38 PM 

 

India is known for its rich tapestry of festivals and diverse culture. Janmashtami or Krishna Jayanti is one of the most vibrant and joyous festivals celebrated by Hindus in India.  This enchanting festival marks the birth of Lord Krishna, the beloved eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna is celebrated for his mischievous and playful nature and his deep love and compassion for all beings. He is also revered for his divine teachings, and captivating stories, which offer guidance on how to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. 

Why do we celebrate Krishna Janmashtami? 

In Hindu culture, this significant festival celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada, typically falling in August-September during the Rohini Nakshatra. This origin of the festival's name, Janmashtami, combines "Janma," which signifies birth, and "Ashtami," the day of his birth. 

This auspicious day marks the birth of Lord Krishna, who was born at midnight in Mathura to Devaki and Vasudeva amidst extraordinary circumstances. According to Hindu scriptures, Krishna's birth brought an end to the oppressive rule of his uncle, King Kamsa, and initiated a new era characterized by righteousness and dharma.  

The life of Lord Krishna is filled with enchanting and timeless stories that captivate the hearts and minds of devotees. From his mischievous and playful childhood antics to his divine love for Radha and the gopis (devotees), Krishna's life is a tapestry of profound experiences. His heroic deeds and remarkable teachings to Arjuna during the Kurukshetra war, as documented in the sacred text of the Bhagavad Gita, continue to resonate deeply with people around the world. 

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Rituals and Celebration 

  • Homes and temples are cleaned and decorated with flowers, garlands, and vibrant rangolis. Special altars are set up with idols or images of baby Krishna, beautifully adorned in colorful clothes and jewelry 
  • In North India, Devotees observe nirjala fast, that lasts until Ashtami Tithi and Rohini Nakshatra end, while some opt for a fast with fruits and sattvik food. 
  • At midnight (Nishita Kal), devotees perform the elaborate Shodashopachara Puja Vidhi in homes or temples, accompanied by bhajans dedicated to Lord Krishna. 
  • In many parts of India, especially in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat, the Dahi Handi event recreates Krishna's childhood as the butter thief, with teams forming human pyramids to break hanging pots filled with butter, ghee, and milk, competing for prizes. 
  • Janmashtami also celebrates Ras Leela, portraying Krishna's playful youth and dances with Radha and the gopis through skits and dance-drama, drawing enthusiastic crowds. 
  • In South India, Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated with unique and vibrant traditions. Devotees prepare aval (poha) dishes and fresh homemade butter as offerings (neivedyam) to Lord Krishna. Homes are adorned with intricate rangoli designs, and tiny footprints are drawn with rice flour, symbolizing the divine steps of young Krishna entering the house.

  • The day is also marked by chanting of devotional songs, reading of the Bhagavad Gita, and the recitation of Krishna's childhood stories. 

How to Celebrate at home? 

  • On the day before Janmashtami, clean your house and its surroundings thoroughly. Decorate your home and the puja room with flowers.  
  • Create colorful rangolis or kolams adorned with vibrant flowers at the entrance.  
  • Draw little Krishna's footprints using rice flour paste to signify a warm welcome.  
  • If there are children in your home, dress them up as little Krishna and Radha to enhance the festive spirit. 
  • Next, decorate the idol or statue of Lord Krishna with flowers, lights, and incense to create a divine atmosphere and place it in the puja room.  
  • Traditional sweets like laddus, Kesari bat, and kheer (payasam) are often prepared as offerings. You can also try making some of Krishna's favourite foods, like butter and curd-based dishes. 
  •  Worship Lord Krishna by chanting his mantras and singing devotional songs dedicated to him. 

We encourage you to embrace the joy and blessings of this auspicious occasion with your family and friends. At Om Spiritual Shop, you’ll find a wide range of spiritual products to enhance your festivities, from beautiful idols to sacred artifacts. 

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