The birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated with much fervor and passion across the nation as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami. The celebration usually falls in the month of August or September based on the Hindu calendar.
Importance of Janmashtami
Lord Krishna is the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu and the day on which he was born is celebrated as the day when good wins over evil. As per the verses in the Bhagavad Gita (sacred book of Hindus), God will reincarnate whenever there is a dominance of evil and decline of the good, to ensure that goodness is stabilized. Janmashtami marks the beginning of the evil’s decline and hence it is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement. The festival also emphasizes on unity and togetherness.
How is the festival celebrated?
Every part of the country celebrates the festival in different ways.
In the northern part of the country, people generally fast on the day and do special prayers at home and visit temples. They chant the name of the lord and sing praises of his name at home and in temples until midnight, the time when he was born. At midnight, they have special prayers to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. There are also dance-dramas conducted depicting the life of Lord Krishna.
People also prepare traditional sweets at home and distribute it to friends and family. Some parts of the country also have a fair for kite flying. The next day of Janmashtami is also celebrated passionately with events like Dahi Handi conducted all over India.
Dahi Handi, involves a group of people working as a team to reach a pot filled with curd, fruits, butter and milk hung above. The event depicts the actions of the Lord when he was a child and is played with the people forming a human pyramid to reach the handi.
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