Krishna Janmashtami Hindu Festival
Krishna Janmashtami is a famous Hindu Festival. Lord Krishna the incarnation of Lord Vishnu born about five thousand years ago in Mathura in ‘Dwapar Yuga’. His birthday has been celebrating as Krishna Janmashtami and also called Gokulashtami. It is a big festival to the Hindus and usually falls on the
month of Bhadrapada, Ashtami tithi according to the Hindu calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, it falls in the months of August and September. Hindus celebrated Krishna Jayanthi with great enthusiasm and not only celebrated in India but also in America. The devotees observe fast the whole day and sing praising hymns and conduct prayers. Some dramas also performed on the theme of Sri Krishna life. Dahi-Handi is a very important game on this occasion. The young men form as human pyramids, one among them mounts the pyramid to reach a high-hanging pot of butter and break it.
Legendaries behind Krishnamashtami
Hindus worshipping Lord Krishna with great devotion and believed that he is to be one of the eight incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Before the Birth of Krishna, Mother Earth was appalled by the number of sins that were being committed on her surface. One day Mother Earth went to Lord Brahma and appealed to him for help. Then Brahma went to Lord Vishnu and revealed the anguished plea of Mother Earth. Lord Vishnu listen to everything carefully and assured to Brahma that He would take birth on earth as Krishna and will destroy every kind of sin.
Kamsa Kept Vasudeva in Jail
Kamsa was ruling Mathura with evil and lunatic administration and the sins were widely happening everywhere in his kingdom. The kingdom became the miserable state, so Lord Vishnu decided to put an end to his evil rule and decided to take birth in the human form. At the meantime, Devaki, sister of Kamsa was getting married to Vasudev, and then a divine prophecy proclaimed that Vasudeva’s eighth son would kill Kamsa. The furious Kamsa ready to kill his sister Devki, but Vasudev assured him that he will hand over all his children to Kamsa as soon as their births. Then Kamsa gave up the idea of killing Devaki and kept both in the prison. Kamsa killed the first six born children as soon as they were born. But the seventh child saved due to divine intervention.
Finally, the eight children Lord Krishna was born in a divine form. After his born in midnight, the gates of the cell flow open and all the guards fell in fast asleep. Vasudeva immediately took the little Krishna and went to Gokul where his close friend Nand living. He went to Nand’s residence and exchanged his son with Nand’s daughter and returned to the prison. As soon as he entered the prison the doors locked behind him and the guards woke up and heard the crying of the child. Soon the guards informed to Kamsa about the birth of the eighth child. Kamsa rushed to the prison to kill the baby but the baby slipped from his hands and flew towards the sky. From the sky, the baby proclaimed that annihilator of Kamsa was born and safe. Later Krishna Killed Kamsa.
Hindus celebrate Krishna Janmashtami in grand scale. The devotees fast on this day and chant the shlokas in Bhagwad Gita. The temples and the houses decorate beautifully and the children dress in the form of Lord Krishna and Radhika. Stories about Krishna are performed as the dramas, especially his childhood days. At midnight the devotees perform ‘aarati’ and break their fasts. Later distribute the sweets and delicious dishes. To bring the glory of Krishna Jayanthi, Srila Prabhupadula worked very hard and distributed the Bhagavath Geeta to the Western people.
Sri Krishna Janmashtami Rituals in Various places
The devotees Celebrate Krishna Janmashtami according to their regions in India. In South India, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka people celebrates in grand scale. Here the statue of Krishna kept in a mandapam and decorate him with beautiful flowers. Special dishes prepare for Lord Krishna on Lord Krishna Birthday. In Dwarka in Gujrat and other Eastern states, people ccelebrateby fasting and doing Puja at midnight.