History and origin:
Lord Krishna, the eight incarnation of Lord Vishnu was the eighth child of Devaki and Vasudeva. Both of them were trapped by the king of devils, Kansa, Devaki’s brother Kansa knew that his death was confirmed by the eighth child of Devaki and Vasudeva. When Krishna was born at midnight, Vasudeva went Gokul to drop him with Nandbaba and Yashoda to save him from Kansa. Since then, the birthday of Lord Krishna is known as Janmashtami and considered as one of the greatest Hindu festivals. It falls on the eight day of the fort night in the month of Shravana according to Hindu calendar which corresponds to the month of August or September, according to the Gregorian calendar. Janmashtami is also known as Krishnashtami, Gokulashtami and SriKrishna Jayanti.
Customs and Traditions:
The festival of Janmashtami is celebrated by keeping a fast for the entire day. The devotees of Lord Krishna remain excited throughout the day, eagerly waiting for the midnight. The enthusiasm within people keeps on soaring with time, at night. As clock strikes twelve, people recite verses and sing prayers and holy songs of Lord Krishna with pleasure. Some people visit temples, while some celebrate it at their homes. They decorate the room with flowers and keep the idol of the child Krishna known as 'balkrishna’ in the cradles. At midnight, they swing the cradle of the lord which is a part of the puja, called parna.
In Maharashtra, a lot of people get together and they form a circle, climb on each other, making a tower of people. One person climbs up everyone to reach the top to break a clay pot filled with butter milk. On this day, the teachings of Bhagwad Gita are being played on the streets as well as, in temples throughout the day. The devotees of Lord Krishna dress up their child like Krishna and get pictures clicked for their good memories. In this way, people enjoy their holiday with different types of celebrations according to their customs and traditions
We do celebrate Janmashtami, but most of us are unaware of the cause behind it. Thanks for sharing the information. !
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