Krishna Janmashtami also popularly known as Janmashtami or Gokulashatami, this annual Hindu festival celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, believed to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, usually celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Shravan or Bhadrapad. This year, Janmashtami celebrations will begin August 11, with many people also likely to celebrate it the next day.

On the propitious occasion, people perform dance-dramas based on the life of Krishna as depicted in Bhagavata Purana, sing pious songs throughout midnight and fast through the day. The most noteworthy celebrations take place in Mathura and Vrindavan, besides other parts of the nation.

According to Hindu culture, Krishna has been born in Mathura at midnight on the eighth day of the Bhadrapada month. Shortly after his birth, his father Vasudeva Anak Dundubhi took Krishna across the Yamuna River to save him from Uncle King Kansa and gave him to his foster parents in Gokul, Nanda and Yashoda. It is the day of a huge celebration. Krishna is also the eighth child of his parents, Devaki and Vasudev. That’s why he is also known as Devakinanadan and Vaasudev.

On Janmashtami, therefore, idols of infant Krishna are washed, clothed and placed in a cradle. The devotees then break their fast and share foods and sweets.

People perform Krishna pooja usually at midnight. The ritualistic pooja includes 16 steps which are part of the Shodashopachara pooja vidhi. 

Janmashtami tithi- August 11 (Ashtami tithi will begin on 09:06 am on August 11 and end at 11:16 am on August 12)

Nishita (midnight) pooja time – August 12, 12:21 am to 01:06 am

Dahi handi – August 12

However, due to corona pandemic, large gatherings are prohibited. But don’t worry; you can celebrate this festival at your homes, including organising Dahi Handi with your family members!

Credits: The Indian Express (For timings and facts)

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