Krishna Janmashtami also was known as Janmashtami is a festival celebrated every year in India on the occasion of birth of Hindu deity Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. The festival is celebrated all over India in the month of Shravan (August/September) according to Hindu religion. It is celebrated on the eighth day or Ashtami of ‘Krishna paksha’ or dark fortnight with great zeal and true devotion. This day the devotees took fast for the entire day and visit nearest temples to offer prayers. People listen to his tales, recite hymns and sing devotional songs. People gather in large amount to see the celebration of Krishna Janmashtami in various temples.
Mathura and Vrindavan are the birthplace of Krishna where the occasion is celebrated with great splendor and enthusiasm. Raslila and religious plays are performed by the local residents to honor his love for Radha and to recreate some of the events from the life of Lord Krishna. The houses, temples and marketplaces are decorated nicely to celebrate the festival. Singing and dancing are considered as the part of this occasion in all the North-India. In various places ‘Dahi-Handi’ game is played in which a pot containing curd is hung high above the ground and a group of people form a human pyramid to reach the pot and break it. This is a very exciting game and many people come to see the game played. This game is played as the butter was a favorite item of Lord Krishna. To save the pot of butter from Krishna, his mother used to hang the pots on the roofs. But, still, Krishna somehow manages to steal the butter by breaking the pot.
Few Facts About Janmashtami
- Janmashtami is one of the most important religious festivals in Hindu community. Janmashtami is not only celebrated in India but it is also celebrated worldwide with great joy and enthusiasm.
- As Singapore is the land of diverse cultures, the celebration of Janmashtami is worth watching. ‘Krishna chanting competition’ is one of the unique features of this festival celebration held in Singapore.
- Janmashtami is observed as a national holiday in Bangladesh. On this day procession starts from the temple and proceed through Old Dhaka streets. The tradition was started in way back 1902.
- Going back to the significance of Janmashtami, it was already written in Bhagavad Gita that whenever there any evil will prevail and any religion will be declined, I will reincarnate to save the good. So, this festival is celebrated to encourage goodwill and discourage all sorts of evil.
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