Krishna Janmashtami – Celebrations Across India

 

Janmashtami, an auspicious occasion, commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna, celebrated with great devotion & heightened spirits across India, adding hope, happiness, heavenly & holy bliss to our hearts. It’s a festal moment acknowledging self-willed baby Krishna’s ardent love for makhan (butter) and the tricks to find the hidden pots of creamy yogurt.

 

According to the Hindu calendar, it falls every year on the 'eighth day' or 'Ashtami' of the holy month, Shravana. Devotees across India and the world celebrate Janmashtami in their unique ways.

 

Let’s take a closer look at Janmashtami’s celebration in different parts of India, proliferating the feeling of oneness amid diversity –

 

Shri Krishna Janmashtami 2019: Muhuratam

 

Nishita Puja Time - 00:01 to 00:45

Parana Time - 05:59 (24th August) after sunrise

Rohini Nakshatra End Time- before sunrise

Ashtami Tithi Begins - 08:08 (23rd August)

Ashtami Tithi Ends - 08:31 (24th August)

 

Maharashtra: In the western part of India i.e. Maharashtra, Janmashtami’s celebrated as Gokulashtami, a fest staging Krishna’s pursuit of his favourite food. ‘Dahi Handi’ events are organised & youths - ‘Govindas’ compete to grab the title by forming human pyramids and breaking the earthen pot filled with curd.

 

Gujarat: While in Gujarat, the same fest is organized with great zeal and enthusiasm, commonly known as Makhan Handi. As Dwarka is believed to be the Lord Krishna’s kingdom, the city envelops itself in holy looks with bhajans, kirtans & sermons suppressing evil & brightening up the air.

 

Uttar Pradesh: Lord Krishna was born in Mathura aka ‘Krishna Janma Bhoomi’ while he spent his childhood in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh. So, swings are made, embellished with flowers & ornaments personifying Krishna’s birth cradle. The showstopper affairs of the moment are Rasleela, Jhanki Pradarshan and Jhulautsav, exhibiting the famous folklore of his adolescent years.

 

Manipur: To the far-eastern side of India, Manipur, you could see people immersed in different colours. They celebrate this auspicious day with cultural dance & music programmes - a classical dance form known for its Hindu Vaishnav themes.

 

South India: In Tamil Nadu, Janmashtami’s celebrated by decorating the house, making spectacular patterns of rice batters, ‘Kolams’ and footprints of Lord Krishna from the entering door to the veranda, signifying his arrival. Devotional songs, religious hymns & mantras, are sung, sweet seedai & verkadalai urundai are prepared and offered to the deities.

 

So, what’s your plan for Janmashtami?