Janmashtami festival marks the
birthday of Lord Shri Krishna,
the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Krishna Janmashtami festival is
day, Ashtami tithi, of the dark half in the month of Shravana (mid August – mid
September); on the day of Rohini nakshatra (star).
People put Lord Krishna’s idol
in the decorated little cradles. Singing bhajans like jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki, Madan
Gopal ki, devotees offer prayers to
Lord Krishna. They also chant mantras of
Devotees observe fast for the
entire day and it is broken after the birth of the Lord at midnight. Only milk
and milk products are preferred by them, as these were the favorites of
Sri Krishna Janmashtami is
known by various names such as Krishnashtami, Gokulashtami, Saatam Aatham,
Ashtami Rohini, Sri Krishna Jayanti and Sree Jayanthi. Krishna Janmashtami is
celebrated for two days.
The first day is known as
Krishnashtami and the second day is known as Kalashtami. According to
was born to demolish Kamsa, the demon king of Mathura.
played an important role in Hindu epic Mahabharata (legendary battle in
Kurukshetra) and also emphasized the theory of bhakti.
Famous Krishna Temples
Some of the famous Krishna
Temples in India where Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated with much importance
include Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir in Mathura, Banke Bihari Mandir in Vrindavan,
Srinath Temple in Rajasthan, Dwarkadhish Temple in Gujarat, Krishna Temple in
Hampi, Guruvayur Temple in Kerala, Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple in Alappuzha,
Udupi Sri Krishna Temple in Karnataka, and ISKCON Temple in Tirupati.