Janmashtami is the day Lord Krishna was born. People visit Krishna temples on this day, conduct Puja and have a whole day of celebration. Worship Lord Krishna whole heartedly on this auspicious day and seek his blessings for a prosperous and joyful life.
The festival is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapad (August–September) in the Hindu calendar.Rasa lila, dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna, are a special feature in regions of Mathura and Vrindavan, and regions following Vaishnavism in Manipur. While the Rasa lila re-creates the flirtatious aspects of Krishna's youthful days, the Dahi Handi celebrate God's playful and mischievous side, where teams of young men form human towers to reach a high-hanging pot of butter and break it. This tradition, also known as uriadi, is a major event in Tamil Nadu on Gokulashtami. Krishna Janmashtami is followed by the festival Nandotsav, which celebrates the occasion when Nanda Baba distributed gifts to the community in honour of the birth.
Krishna Janmashtami is an important festival which is celebrated with great enthusiasm. It is an important day for all Hindus and especially for Krishna devotees as well. According to mythology, Krishna was considered a playful and naughty character but at the same time he was very lovable as well.
Janmashtami Celebrations In Dwarka
Dwarka which is the place where Krishna was born celebrates this festival in a big way. There are hordes of visitors who flock this city to witness and take part in the celebrations. The city is decorated and the people sing Bhajans praising Lord Krishna. People light up their homes and celebrate Krishna’s birth in a grand manner. Women prepare special food items and make offerings to the Gods also. Sri Krishna was particularly fond of butter and milk items and so women prepare sweet dishes made using milk and Ghee. Many people observe a fast also on this day.
Janmashtami Celebrations In Vrindavan
Vrindavan is a place where Krishna grew from childhood to adult age and people have witnessed Krishna Leela. This is known as Rasleela. Nowadays in modern times, Rasleela is performed by professional troupes. They perform it with utmost devotion and sincerity and keep the tradition alive. Various important events of Krishna’s life are enacted and people enjoy watching it.
The Rasleela of Vrindavan is famous. Vrindavan was Krishna’s birthplace and he spent his early childhood years here. It is said that later on around the age of twenty eight, Sri Krishna moved to Dwarka where he spent a majority of his life. He also spent some years in Mathura. These three places Vrindavan, Mathura and Dwarka are important places of significance for Krishna devotees. In these places, Janmasthami is celebrated with great gusto and fervour. Krishna Janmashtami is also celebrated in other countries besides India by ardent Krishna followers. Indians who are living abroad also celebrate this festival with great excitement and interest.
As a child Sri Krishna was very naughty and he was very fond of butter. In states like Maharashtra people enact incidents from Krishna’s childhood by placing an earthen pot high above the ground and then forming a human pyramid to try and break it. Many youngsters participate in this activity with great enthusiasm. This ritual of breaking the pot is known as Dahi-Handi.
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