We all celebrate festivals with our family and friends to revive the beauty of culture every year. But, the festival ‘Krishna Janmashtmi’ is best celebrated with Lord Krishna. It is very important to know the reason behind celebrating any festival in our country. Janmashtmi is celebrated all over India on the birth of ‘Bhagwan Krishna’ on the eight day in the month of Savana. Sri Krishna was born on a dark, story, windy night on the ‘Rohini Nakshatram.’
Now, the question is what is the concept of ‘Rohini Nakshatram’ in Janmashtmi? ‘Rohini Nakshatram’ is a star on which the Lord was born. On that eighth day, when moon entered the house of Vrishabha in Rohini Nakshatra, Sri Krishna was appeared. The another knowledgeable thing to know is that Janmashtmi is celebrated for 2 days as Rohini Nakshatra and Ashtmi cannot fall on the same day. It is only at mid night of the first & the second day when the birth of Sri Krishna took place. The celebration starts at mid night with the sweet hymns, energetic dance and cake cutting at temples. Some devotees fast on the first day and break it at mid night and some devotees fast on both the days. This was the short description about why we celebrate this big festival and how much importance it plays in our life.
Now, we all are aware that this big festival is celebrated in all over India and also in some other countries. The interesting fact to know is how it is celebrated in the Kanha’s hometown, Mathura, Vrindavan, where he spent his memorable childhood days and Dwarka, the ancient kingdom of Lord Krishna.
Janmashtmi In Mathura
Mathura, birth place of Krishna is at its pinnacle on the day of Janmashtmi. Devotees decorate the whole place for the Lord also their devotional mood is worth watching. The actual celebration took place at the place of birth, which is now turned into a temple known as Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir. Devotees keep fast for the whole day & break it at that time, sing hymns, chant shlokas and dance on the aartis. The mid night is a more than fun when the whole Mathura echoes with the conch and ringing of bells. Devotees welcome the God with the slogans of ‘Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare’ & ‘Jai Shree Krishna.’ Another amazing scene you will see is Lord served with ‘’Chhappan Bhog’’ (56 dishes).
Janmashtmi In Vrindavan
When it comes to Vrindavan, a beautiful picture of temples and lanes where Krishna enjoyed occurs in our mind. During Janmashtmi, the whole city gets immersed in kirtans and bhajans all day. The famous Rasleela in Vrindavan’s Madhuban goes up to 7-10 days where people/devotees take part and show the spirit of devotion. The whole city is on their foots before a week of Janmashtmi and dance along with their Krishna till the festival ends. The affection and love towards the Lord by the devotees can be seen with their chanting and dancing on kirtans and bhajans whole day. The city gets filled up with sweets like kheer, shrikhand, pedha etc.
Janmashtmi In Dwarka
A popular city of Gujarat, Dwarka is a city known as Golden city, established by Lord Krishna and Balram. It is believed that after the death of Lord, the city was submerged in the sea. The Dwarka city, famous for its Dwarkadhish Temple, has been a fully devoted place from years. The festival of Janmashtmi is celebrated with great splendor. The town is fully filled with lights and songs or hymns of Krishna. The devotees go to main temple first, and then they go to Shankhoddhar Beyt. In Dwarka also, the mid night celebrations and joy is a scene to watch out for. A must watch Mahabhog can make you stunned as lots of dishes are being offered to the Krishna. Bal Gopal is then kept in a cradle premises for the darshan of the general public.
Janamashtmi In Iskcon
Iskcon, an acronym of International Society For Krishna Consciousness. Founded by Swami Prabhupada, an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna went to New York at the age of 69 and established the first Iskcon in New York. The organization expresses their devotion through their mantra or kirtan ‘’ Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Ram Ram Hare Hare.’’ They celebrate the festival by organizing Braj Mandal Parikrama every year in the month of October-November. The parikrama is walking tour of 84 miles to about 12 forests in Vrindavan and neighboring towns of Mathura. Devotees take active participation in the event to make it a great success. They offer 108 dishes known as ‘’Bhog’’ to the Krishna at mid night and then distribute the whole among the devotees. They love to sing hymns, dance with one another as they enjoy the Krishna’s birthday as their own birthday.
The famous Dahi Handi takes place on the second day of the festival. Devotees from around the country are always ready to break the earthen pot which is hung around 20-30 feet high with a rope. It contains a mixture of milk, ghee and dry fruit. They make pyramid including hundreds of devotees. Although they fail sometimes, still never give up. The ceremony is interesting and can be enjoyed at Mathura, Vrindavan, Dwarka and Mumbai. The enthusiastic young men show their energy and sing ala re ala Govinda ala.
On this auspicious festival, may Lord Krishna bless you all and spread happiness in each of your house. Jai Kanhaiya Lal! Happy Janmashtmi!
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