Sri Krishna Janmashtami Festival 2015 - The Birthday of Lord Krishna

Shri Krishna Janmashtami Festival 2015 and Rituals

Krishna Janmashtami is one of the most popular festivals in Hindu Religion. This day Hindus celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. This year this auspicious date falls on Saturday, 5th September 2015. Shri Krishna Janmashtami is also known as Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanthi or simply Janmashtami. In Mumbai and Pune this festival is also referred to as Dahi Handi. This festival is observed on the eighth day, Ashtami tithi, of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Shravan in the Hindu calendar, when the Rohini Nakshatra is ascendant. It is believed that Krishna was born on Wednesday,the eighth day of second fortnight in the month of Shravana in Mathura around 3228 BC in Dwapur Yug. The main objective of Lord Krishna's birth was to re-establish righteousness and to restore peace on Mother Earth from the demons.

On the day of Krishna Janmashtami Hindu houses are beautifully decorated by women and sweets like Shrikhand, Pedhas, Kheer and other special recipes are made and offered to the lord. Many Devotees fast for the entire day and break it after the birth of Lord Krishna at midnight. Some people do not take even water during the time. People also make child footprint marks using some flour mixed with water in the entire house and sing bhajans, chant Shri Krishna Mantras, the 108 names of Lord Krishna and Bhagavatam. Plays depicting the various events in the life of Lord Krishna are also part of the festival. Krishna is worshiped and prayed on the entire day and offerings of butter, sweets and flowers are made. The worship concludes with the Aarti ritual at midnight and the ritual of the murti of the Lord is rocked in a beautifully decorated cradle.

The Story of Lord Krishnas Birth

The city of Mathura was ruled by King Ugrasen. He had a son named Kansa and a daughter Devki. Kansa jailed his father and forcefully became the king of Mathura. Kansa married off his sister to Vasudev who was one of the officers in is army. On the day of wedding Kansa heard a heavenly prediction that the eighth son of Devki will be born to kill him he decided to kill his sister also. But on Vasudev’s pleading he imprisons both of them on condition that they will handover all their children to Kansa. Kansa killed all the six newborn babies of Devki and Vasudev but the seventh child Balram was saved by divine intervention as the child was transferred from Devki’s womb to that of Rohini's. When Krishna, the eighth son of Devki and Vasudev, was born as if by a sheer miracle, all the soldiers guarding the couple fell asleep and the gates of the dungeon flew open themselves and Vasudev smuggled the child in a basket to his friend Nand in Gokul. On the way he had to cross River Yamuna and it was raining heavily but the five headed serpent Sheshnag protected the child with its fangs. After putting the child near Yashoda who had that time given birth to a girl child Vasudev returned with the girl child to the dungeon. On hearing the news of the eighth born child, Kansa rushed to kill the girl. He held the child by her legs and just as he was about to bang her against the wall, the girl vanished into thin air and told Kansa that his slayer had been born and was safe. Krishna grew up as Yashoda and Nand’s son in Gokul and later killed his maternal uncle Kansa, freeing all the people of Mathura from his tyranny. He also liberated his parents from prison and reinstated Ugrasen as the King of Mathura. Lord Krishna also later played an important role in the Mahabharata War.

Janmashtami Bhajan

Dahi Handi Celebrations

Krishna Janmashtami Dates 2014 to 2021

Year
Day
Date
2014
Sunday
17th August
2015
Saturday
5th September
2016
Thursday
25th August
2017
Tuesday
15th August
2018
Monday
3rd September
2019
Friday
23rd August
2020
Wednesday
12th August
2021
Monday
30th August
 
 
 
 
 
 
Krishna Janmashtami Festival day and dates for years 2014, 2015, 2016,2017,2018,2019, 2020 and 2021.

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moneycop 5 years ago from JABALPUR

beautyfull...so sweet..liked it voted up

i am a die hard fan of krishn...as u can see in hubs


Rajeev Singh 6 years ago

*Happy Janmastmi to you as well, dear Anamika*

- Rajeev (Calcutta)


Artoflegendindia 6 years ago

Nice and very informative hub.Brilliant story of lord Krishna birth.India is a great country.it is the land of festival.keep it up. Jai shree krishna.

Happy Krishna janmashtmi.


S@r@th 6 years ago

I like my krishana. You are my life.


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Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

Yes, Krishna played an important role in killing the kauravas in the kurushetra war. Thanks for the comment dohn121.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

This is the first time I learned of this. In college, for Great Books of Asia, we covered "The Bhagavad Ghita." I found it very fascinating. When you said that Krishna played an important role in the Mahabharata War, were you referring to giving Arjuna insight?


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Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

Thanks for the visit Madame X


Madame X 7 years ago

Om Shri Krishna Namaha

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