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Krishna Janmashtami Festival Tradition, Significance And Legend

Shri Krishna Janmashtami festival is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna. This festival is celebrated with full faith and reverence all over the world. Janmashtami is celebrated not only in India but also in Indians settled abroad with full faith and gaiety. Lord Sri Krishna has been the center of our faith for ages. He is sometimes the child of Yashoda Maiya, and sometimes naughty Kanha of Braj.

Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami Festival Tradition, Significance And Legend

History Of Krishna Janmashtami

Gokulashtami, Krishnashtami, Shree Jayanti are the other names of Janmashtami. Maharashtra’s Janmashtami is famous for Dahi Handi. Krishna is not just a top Hindu deity, he is also a true mythological superhero. ‘Shri Krishna Janmashtami’ is a popular festival of Hindus.

The Krishnashtami is celebrated on the Ashtami of Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month according to the Hindu calendar.

Sri Krishna was the eighth child of Samant Vasudeva-Devaki of the state of Mathura. Hearing an All India Radio that Vasudeva – the only child born from Devaki’s womb would cause the death of the tyrannical and dastardly prince Kansa, the frightened Kansa locked him in the dungeon.

The seven children of Devaki born there were killed by Kamsa, but the eighth child, with the help of his well-wishers, was taken by Vasudev to his supreme friend Nanda. At the same time, Nand grew up in Yashoda’s lap and later reached Mathura and killed Kansa and freed his parents and Nana Ugrasen from the prison.

Legend Of Krishna Janmashtami

The holy festival of Janmashtami is celebrated in Hindu society all over India to pay homage to their sacred memory, their iconic works, etc. In the Bhagavad-gītā, Krishna says, “Whenever evil predominates and good deeds (dharma) decline or decrease, I will be reborn again and again to end evil and save dharma (good)”.

Krishna Jayanti is the zeal for the victory of good and religion over Satan and evil power. We celebrate this day to remember that when the pot of sin is full, Satan will end, God will come to this earth to rescue. Krishna’s birthplace reminds us of those stories of the battle between good and evil and tells us that good always wins.

Incarnation of god

Lord Vishnu took the form of a human being and took the form of incarnation Shri Krishna on this earth. He took human form to remove the evils of humanity. The Hindu epics are full of heroic acts of Shri Krishna. He is the author of the most popular religious book of the Hindus, the Bhagavad Gita.

Shree Krishna and Bhagavad Gita

Krishna befriended the Pandava prince Arjuna and became his advocate. In the Kurukshetra war, which was between the Pandavas and the Kauravas (led by King Dhritarashtra), Lord Krishna became the charioteer of Arjuna. Srikrishna tried to escape the fight despite being provoked by the Kauravas.

Dhritarashtra refused any compromise and war became inevitable. Sri Krishna gave Duryodhana a choice to either choose Shri Krishna, or he could choose Krishna’s armies. Duryodhana chose his army.

Chose to consult Shri Krishna

The war took place in Kurukshetra and it was on the battlefield when Shri Krishna gave the immortal dialogue of the Bhagavad Gita. This aspirational passage also mentioned how one can get along with God. World renunciation was not supported by Bhagavad Gita, instead, it encouraged world acceptance.

The lives of the Bhagavad Gita and Shri Krishna played an important role in making spirituality accessible to the common people. The central message of the Bhagavad Gita and Shri Krishna was that humans take part in a desire-less action – not driven by human ego, but inspired by divine reason.

In this way, Lord Krishna became the supreme God and is considered the creator of the whole world. He was born to save humanity from terrible rulers and kings. Krishna Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated with great reverence and enthusiasm in India. According to the Hindu calendar, this religious festival is celebrated on the 8th day of the dark fortnight in the Ashtami or Bhado month of Krishna Paksha.

Significance Of Krishna Janmashtami

This celebration has special significance for the people of Mathura and Vrindavan as it was the original place or birthplace of Lord Krishna. The preparations for this celebration begins weeks before the real day.  And devotees perform various activities to welcome this day. The tale of Krishna’s birth is recited in temples and houses.

People sing songs dedicated to Lord Krishna. Wherever one goes, they are welcomed with bubbly enthusiasm on this day. Individuals visit temples around evening time to venerate Krishna with huge confidence and commitment.

It is said in Bhagavad Gita that at whatever point there will be a power of evil and decline of religion, God will resurrect to kill all detestable and re-establish the good. This festival is an example of the same. Lord Vishnu resurrected as Lord Krishna to spare the earth from the Evil and spread the message of adoration and amicability.

How To Celebrate Krishna Janmashtami

On the day of Shri Krishna Janmashtami, the devotees fast anhydrous till midnight, which is the time of the birth of Lord Krishna. The temples of Sri Krishna are beautifully decorated. Thousands of Hindu men and women wear new clothes and gather in these temples to celebrate their beloved Lord’s birthday. The priest recites the mantras and worships Lord Krishna.

The tradition of Dahi Handi

The tradition of Dahi Handi is widely followed in many parts of India on the day of Shri Krishna Janmashtami. Dahi Handi is an earthen pot filled with curd. On this day, young people form groups and tie ‘Dahi Handi’ at the height. Then, they build another pyramid-like structure to reach Dahi Handi ‘. It is celebrated by finally breaking the ‘Dahi Handi’.

Dahi-Handi / Matki Phod competition

On the day of Janmashtami, the Dahi-Handi competition is organized in many places in the country. Bal-Govinda of all places participates in the Dahi-Handi competition. A matki filled with buttermilk, curd, etc. is hung in the sky and an attempt is made to break the pot by the hair-Govinda. In the Dahi-Handi competition, the winning team is given appropriate prizes. The winning team which succeeds in breaking the matki deserves the reward.

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