This year Krishna Janmashtami is to be celebrated on 30th August 2021. The holy festival marks the birth date of Lord Krishna. Marked on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada (July-August).
India is a diverse country with diverse religions and festivals. One of these holy festivals is- Janmashtami. The day marks the holy day of birth of Lord Krishna. It is also termed as Goluashtami or Krishna Janmashtami.
According to Hindu mythology, Krishna is the human incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord was born to destroy Mathura’s demon king, Kansa, the brother of Krishna’s virtuous mother, Devaki.
Devotees mark this auspicious occasion by observing a fast and praying to Lord Krishna. People decorate their homes with flowers, diyas, and lights.
The temples of Mathura and Vrindavan witness the most extravagant and colorful celebrations. As Lord Krishna is born and brought up there. Devotees also perform Raslila to recreate incidents from Krishna’s life and to commemorate his love for Radha. Lord Krishna was born at midnight and idol infants dress up as lord.
Maharashtra also sees a joyous celebration of this festival as people enact Krishna’s childhood endeavors to steal butter and curd from earthen pots. This activity is called the Dahi Handi celebration.
Lord Krishna was born on the eighth (Ashtami) day of the dark fortnight in the Bhadrapada month (August–September) in Mathura. He was Devaki and Vasudeva’s son. Lord was born during the reign of his uncle King Kansa. King Kansa wanted to kill Lord as he could be the reason for his demise/downfall.
After the prophecy, Kansa imprisoned Devaki and Vasudeva. He killed off their first six children. However, at the time of the birth of their seventh child, Balram, the fetus mystically transferred from Devaki’s womb to Princess Rohini’s. When their eighth child, Krishna, was born, the entire palace went into slumber. And, Vasudeva rescued the baby to Nand Baba and Yashodha’s house in Vrindavan.