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Janmashtami – The Birth Festival of Lord Krishna – 2024

Janmashtami is the birthday festival of Lord Krishna. Krishna Janmashtami will begin on 26 August at 03:39 AM and end on 27 August at 02:20 AM. Krishna is the avatar of God Vishnu and it is a Hindu festival mainly celebrated in India.

Janmashtami is celebrated on the eighth day of the Krishan Paksha of Bhadrapada Month. Krishna is Devki and Vasudev’s son who is raised by Yashodha and Nand.

Many people on the occasion of Janmashtami fast and go to the temple of Lord Krishna.

On this day in our family, we make Ghachak(Indian Butter Crunch Candy) with Peanuts(Moongfali) and Sugar.

Let’s see some related information regarding the Janmashtami and later I share the story of the birth of Shri Krishna at the end of the post.

Janmashtami Facts

  • There is a popular Dahi Handi ritual that is done on Janmashtami. A Dahi Handi is hanged at a height of around 30 feet and the group of people together make a human pyramid to break it.
  • There is a Nishita Puja that is done on the occasion of Janmashtami. It is done at midnight.
  • It is also celebrated outside India and in most countries.
  • Krishna has around 16,100 wives and 8 are principal wives.

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Janmashtami Celebration in School

Many schools celebrate it in the schools and kids get up in the school in the dress of Krishna and Radha. Mainly it is celebrated in primary school because kids are more excited to celebrate the festival.

Janmashtami 2024 ISKON

ISKON means International Society for Krishna Consciousness and it is a religious organization that was founded in 1966 in New York City. This organization celebrates Janmashtami every year and devotees fast on this day and break it when it is over or the next day.

Some rituals are done before breaking the fast. There is a Puja Vidhi that is done on Janmashtami.

The ISKON temples all around the world are decorated on this day. There is Prasad and Bhog which are first offered to Krishna and then to the devotees. There are a lot of other activities and games for children on this occasion.

Story of the Birth of Lord Krishna

Janmashtami (Photo by Henil Kajavadra on Unsplash)

The story starts with Devki’s Brother Kansa, who was told by Akashwani(Voice in the Sky) that his sister’s son would kill him. So Kansa decided to kill his sister Devki but Vasudev(husband of Devki) begged him to forgive her and promised him to give every child of Devki to him.

So he was satisfied and let go of Devki. But he took both of them to Jail so that any of her children would not survive. Krishna was the eighth child of Devki before Kansa killed the 7 children of Devki.

On the day of the birth of Krishna, the Lord himself told Vasudev to take him to his friend Nand’s house. There is heavy rain all around that day and it is the Sheshnaag who helped Vasudev to cross the Yamuna river.

Vasudev exchanged Krishna with Yashoda’s daughter and headed back to prison. When Kansa came to kill the child then the girl transferred to Goddess Durga and warned Kansa that his Kaal was already born somewhere else.

So, this is the story of the birth of Krishna hope you like it, and if you liked then subscribe to the blog.

Vinay Garg
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