Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Janmashtami Celebration 2020 - BIRTH OF LORD KRISHNA

When is Janmashtami in 2020?

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Where is Janmashtami observed?

Around The World

Janmashtami is a Hindu festival and a Gazetted holiday in many regions of India.

It may be known as Gokulashtami or Sreekrishna Jayanthi in some regions.
According to the Hindu calendar, Janmashtami is celebrated on the Ashtami (eighth day) of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) within the month of Shravana or Bhadra (in the Hindu calendar, there is a leap month once every three years).

In India, is a Gazetted holiday in Bihar, Chandigarah, Chattisgarah, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Miizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu , Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

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In Tamil Nadu this holiday is known as Sri Krishna Jayanti.

History and Background of Janmashtami
This is one of the most important Hindu festivals, Janmashtami (Krishna Jayanti) is the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth reincarnation of Lord Vishnu who gave the vital message of the Bhagwat Gita - the guiding principles for every Hindu.

Across India, there'll be ceremonies and prayers at temples dedicated to Krishna. The day before may include fasting and prayer up to midnight, the time at which it was said that Krishna was born.

Krishna was born in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. In this region, a standard tradition is the performance of Krishna Lila, a folk drama consisting of scenes from Krishna's life.

Many customs have developed in the different parts of India, all based on stories from Krishna's life. For instance, it's said that as a boy, Krishna loved butter and milk most that they had to be kept out of his reach. This story is reflected in many climbing games for children.

In Tamil Nadu , oiled poles with pots of cash tied to the highest are found out . Boys dressed as Krishna then attempt to climb these poles to urge the cash while onlookers squirt water at them.
In Maharashtra, where the festival is understood as Govinda, pots containing buttermilk are suspended high over streets. Teams of boys then form human pyramids competing against one another to ascertain who can break the foremost pots.
Many colourful legends tell of Krishna's life and he's a prominent figure in Hindu writings.

As a child, he's noted for his pranks like the aforementioned butter stealing and pictures of him as a toddler often show him dancing joyously and holding a ball of butter in his hands.

As an adult, he is most commonly depicted as a dancer or a lover, often playing the flute and surrounded by adoring women. In one story, it's said that defeated the many-headed serpent Kaliya by dancing it into submission.

Janmashtami Around the World
Janmashtami is widely known with great enthusiasm by Hindus across the Indian subcontinent and beyond. In "A Janmashtami Journey", we take a tour round the world to seem at how this great festival is widely known .

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