Krishna Janmashtmi ~~ 14th August 2017 (Monday)
Dahi Handi on 15th August 2017 (Tuesday)
Krishna Janmashtmi Puja Muhurat
5244th Birth Anniversary of Lord Krishna
Ashtami Tithi Begins – 19:45 on 14th August 2017
Ashtami Tithi Ends – 17:39 on 15th August 2017
Legend of Janmashtmi
Janmashtmi celebrates the divine birth of Lord Krishna. It falls on the eighth day of the Hindu month of Shravan, which coincides with the months of July and August. Legend has it that Sri Krishna was born to Devaki and her husband, Vasudeva at midnight. It was dark, stormy and windy night, and the Lord came to this world to end all evil. Lord Krishna is the incarnation of the Hindu God, Vishnu.
Celebration of Janmashtmi
The festivities at temples of Sri Krishna reach the peak during midnight, with singing of holy songs, dancing and performing of ‘aarti’, a prayer ceremony, along with blowing of the conch shell and rocking of the beautifully decorated cradle of the Lord. The idol of the Lord is bathed with ‘panchamrit’, made of milk, ghee, curd, honey and water of the holy river, Ganga. The ‘panchamrit’ is later distributed as ‘prasad’ or ‘blessed food’. People make different types of sweets at home with dry fruits, coconut, coriander seeds powder, etc. to offer to Lord Krishna as ‘bhog’. People also observe fast on this day.
Entertainment on Janmashtmi
People enjoy on this day by dancing the ‘raaslila’, which is also called the dance of Krishna and his beloved, Radha. Different localities place a ‘handi’ or clay pot filled with buttermilk at a great height and then, human pyramids are formed and the person right at the top tries to break it amid much enthusiastic clapping and cheering.
The festival is celebrated with great grandeur in the city of Mathura, the city of Sri Krishna’s birth – many pilgrims come from far off places to take part in the celebrations held at this holy place and its various temples.
Wish all of you a very Happy Janmashtmi 2017!