What is Sri Krishna Janmashtami ? Why its is Celebrated – Significance & History of This Hindu Festival

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Sri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated on birth of Lord Krishna. It is an important festival particularly to the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism. It is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. Lord Vishnu took the human form and reincarnated as Lord Krishna to free the earth from all kinds of evil. He was born in jail as his maternal uncle, and evil King Kansa imprisoned his own sister and brother-in-law fearing a prophecy that their male child will bring an end to him.

Krishna was the son of Devaki and Vasudeva and his birthday is celebrated by Hindus as Janmashtami, particularly those of the Vaishnavism tradition as he is considered the eighth avatar of Vishnu. Janmashtami is celebrated when Krishna is believed to have been born according to Hindu tradition, which is in Mathura, at midnight on the eighth day of Bhadrapada month (overlaps with August and September in the Gregorian calendar).

Sri Krishna Janmashtami History & Significance:

Krishna was born in an era of chaos, persecution was rampant, freedoms were denied, evil was everywhere, and when there was a threat to his life by his uncle King Kansa. Immediately following the birth, his father Vasudeva took Krishna across Yamuna, to foster parents in Gokul, named Nanda and Yashoda.

This legend is celebrated on Janmashtami by people keeping fast, singing devotional songs of love for Krishna, and keeping a vigil into the night. After Krishna’s midnight hour birth, statues of baby Krishna are washed and clothed, then placed in a cradle. The devotees then break their fast, by sharing food and sweets. Women draw tiny foot prints outside their house doors and kitchen, walking towards their house, a symbolism for Krishna’s journey into their homes.

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His birthday celebrations are carried on a large scale the following day with a sporting event called Dahi Handi. The Dahi Handi will be celebrated on August 14, Tuesday. Dahi Handi celebration is also known as Gopalakala in Maharashtra.

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