When is Janmashtami?
Janmashtami 2009 is on August
Janmashtami celebrates the birth of one of the most famous Gods of Hindu
religion, Bhagwan Krishna, on the eighth day (Ashtami) in the month of
Sravana or Savana. Lord Sri Krishna was born on the 'Rohini' nakshatram
(star). It is generally celebrated in the month of August-September
according to the Christian Calendar. Legend has it that Sri Krishna was born
on a dark, stormy and windy night to end the rule and atrocities of his
maternal uncle, Kansa.
Position of Stars at the time of Birth
It was only on the eighth day of the second fortnight, in the month of
Sravana when, the moon entered the house of Vrishabha in Rohini Nakshatra
(star) that Lord appeared. According to Barhapatyamana, the month of Sravana
corresponds to the month of Bhadrapada Krishnapaksha. Lord was born in the
year of Visvavasu, appx. 5,227 years ago.
Celebrated for over Two Days
Janmashtami is celebrated for over two days as “Rohini” nakshatra and
Ashtami may not fall on the same day. The first day known as Krishnashtami,
as the birth of Bhagwan Krishna falls on the eighth day after Raksha Bandhan,
which generally falls in the month of August. The second day is known as
Welcome the Lord at Midnight
It is only at midnight between the first and the second day that birth of
Sri Krishna took place. The actual festivities begin during midnight in this
48 hour period. The celebration reaches its peak at midnight, with the birth
of Lord Krishna, with lot of hymns, arti taking place and blowing of the
Conch (shankh), rocking the cradle of Lord. The idol of lord is bathed with
Panchamrit (A mixture of milk, ghee, oil, honey and Gangajal). The
Panchamrit is later distributed as Prasad to the devotees along with other
sweets. While some Fast on the first day and break it at midnight for others
the fasting continues for both days. The period coincides with rainy season.
Janmashtami is a very popular
festival, it belongs to lord krishna. Janmashtami is celebrated as birthday of
lord krishna and that’s why it is known as Krishna Janmaashtami.
at every temple of lord krishna, this Janmashtami
festival is celebrated with a great charm.
people dance with bhajans. they offer pooja to lord.
Social groups organise
competitions like “Matki fod Pratiyogita” and like this. women and little
children goes to lord Krishna’s temple for darshan and pooja etc.
Janmashtami Day Date In Year 2009 and 2010 :-