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Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated every year in the month of August or September as per the Gregorian Calendar. The celebration is also known has Janmashtami or Gokulashtami. The festival commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu.
Janmashtami festival is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna, which is celebrated on the Ashtami date of Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month after Rakshabandhan. Since, Lord Krishna was born on Bhadrapada Krishna Ashtami, it is called Krishna Janmashtami.
Shri Krishna was the 8th son of Devaki and Vasudeva. The king of the city of Mathura was Kansa, who was very tyrannical. His atrocities were increasing day by day. There legend has it that the 8th son of his sister Devaki would kill him. Hearing this, Kansa put her sister Devaki in a dungeon with her husband Vasudev. Kansa kills seven children before so when Devaki gave birth to Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu ordered Vasudeva to bring Shri Krishna to Yashoda Mata and Nanda Baba in Gokul, where he would be safe from his maternal uncle Kansa. Shri Krishna was raised under the supervision of Yashoda Mata and Nanda Baba. So, to celebrate this the festival of Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated every year ever since.
Temples are specially decorated on the day of Sri Krishna Janmashtami. On Janmashtami, there is a law of fasting for the whole day. On Janmashtami, everyone observes fast till midnight.This year Janmashtami will start on August around 8:10 a.m. and will end on August 24 around 8:32 a.m. On August 24 in rohini nakshatra the Janmashtami will begin aroud 3:38 minutes and will end on 25th August 4:16 p.m. The festival will be celebrated on August 24.
Janmashtami fast of Lord Krishna is fruitful. On this day one should wake up in the morning and perform a fast ritual. Small statue of Balakrishna with the cradle is decorated with flowers, new clothes for Shree Krishna should be used as well as shringaar should be done with Chandan perfume and garland of flowers, Prasad should be of nuts and basil leaves. Panchamrit (raw milk, curd, ghee, honey) and panjiri made up for mix ghee and bad in dried coriander), etc.
First of all, anoint the ThakurJi with Panchamrit at twelve o'clock and give bath to Thakur Ji with pure water and then with curd. After this, use pure water again to wash off the curd. After this, mix honey with grounded sugar, then bathe the idol with it and pure water. After bathing, wipe Thakur Ji with a clean cloth and adorn him with yellow clothes. Decorate the idol completely and apply perfume and garland. Worship God with incense and lamp and offer bhog. Perform aarti of Shri Krishna and then sing bhajan with the whole family. Only after this, observe the fast. By doing this, the grace of Shri Krishna remains and all the sorrows disappear.
Bal Krishna Aarti is sung with camphor and offering fruits to God. Phalhari bhog includes panjiri, sighadi flour pudding, rajgire flour laddu, coconut barfi, peda, almond and grilled barfi, almond pudding, chhena rasgulla, potato chips, dal makhana, almond fry, raw banana and boiled potatoes etc. The night of Sri Krishna-Janmashtami is called Mohraratri. On this night, by meditating on Yogeshwar Shri Krishna, chanting the name or mantra, one gets enamored with the fascination of the world. Janmashtami fast is fasting. By following this method, you will achieve the great virtue that you get from many fasts today.
Worshiping Shri Krishna on this day brings children prosperity. Every wish can be fulfilled by celebrating the festival of Shri Krishna Janmashtami. Those who have weak moon, they benefit from special worship today.
On the next day of Krishna Janmashtami, Nand-Mahotsav is celebrated and is also celebrated with great enthusiasm. The offering of ghee, turmuric, curd, oil, rose water, butter, camphor, etc, are offered. Mangal Dhwani is also played. Sweets are exchanged. The birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated with great joy.
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