After the colorful celebration of Rakshabandhan India is now gearing up for the celebration of Janmashtami. This year India will celebrate Janmashtami on 2nd September 2018. The festival is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Krishna, his devotees believe that he was born on midnight on the 8th day (Ashtami) in the holy month of Shravan, according to the Hindu Lunar calendar.
On the day of Janmashtami his devotees observe a fast which is them braked at midnight, they also visit temples to offer prayers and blog to the deity. In many parts of India, a tradition of Dahi Handi is also followed
Janmashtami is celebrated in the major in the cities like Mathura, Gokul, and Vrindavan. The celebration of the auspicious day goes on the whole day, it includes performance of Rasa Lila (portraying the fulfilled bond between Lord Krishna and Gopis) decorating of Jhakis (Decoration and showing the glimpses of rich heritage) Vrat (fasting), Jagran (singing devotional songs and bhajans) playing Dahi Handi and distribution of gifts.
Janmashtami – Significance
As per Wikipedia “Krishna was the son of Devaki and Vasudeva and his birthday is celebrated by Hindus as Janmashtami, particularly those of the Vaishnavism tradition as he is considered the eighth avatar of Vishnu. Janmashtami is celebrated when Krishna is believed to have been born according to Hindu tradition, which is in Mathura, at midnight on the eighth day of Bhadrapada month (overlaps with August and 3rd September in the Gregorian calendar).
Krishna was born in an era of chaos, persecution was rampant, freedoms were denied, evil was everywhere, and when there was a threat to his life by his uncle King Kansa. Immediately following the birth, his father Vasudeva took Krishna across the Yamuna, to foster parents in Gokul, named Nanda and Yashoda. This legend is celebrated on Janmashtami by people keeping fast, singing devotional songs of love for Krishna, and keeping a vigil into the night. After Krishna’s midnight hour birth, statues of baby Krishna are washed and clothed, then placed in a cradle. The devotees then break their fast, by sharing food and sweets. Women draw tiny footprints outside their house doors and kitchen, walking towards their house, a symbolism for Krishna’s journey into their homes.”
Janmashtami 2018 – Celebration
Devotees observe a day-long fast to and break it on the next day after Ashtami tithi is over. They also conduct the Krishna Abhishekam, in this ritual bhog of milk, ghee and water is offered to the deity. Devotees who observe fast they only consume fruits and water which is known as Phalahar. Devotees then visit temples to seek blessings from Lord Krishna, some place little Krishna’s idol in their temples and bathe him with milk, honey and water and dress him up in new clothes.
Janmashtami is celebrated all over the country, it is majorly celebrated in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and South India. On the next day of Janmashtami Dahi is celebrated in many parts of the country but majorly it is celebrated in Maharashtra.
As a part of Dahi Handi people forms teams to make a human pyramid and break a pot filled with dahi, mishri, and Makhan that is hung at a certain height. The event marks the famous legend of Lord Krishna stealing makhan (butter) as a baby. This year, dahi handi will be followed on 3rd September, a day after Janmashtami.
Janmashtami – Fast and Rituals
Devotees of Lord Krishna observe a day-long fast until midnight, which is the time he was born. People break fast easting various sweets, some like breaking their fast with charnamrit and dhaniya panjiri, some also like to eat kheer and poori along with other dishes.
Since Lord Krishna loves milk and milk products, devotees offer butter, makhan mishri and sweet dishes to the deity. People mostly prepare kasar (panjiri mixed with dry fruits and nuts), kheer, aloo ki kachodi, poori, chhole and enjoys the festival with the family.
Janmashtami 2018- Puja Muhurat
- Nishita Puja Timing: 11:57 pm to 12:43 am- Duration: 45 minutes
- On 3rd September, Parana Time, which is after 08:05 pm
- On Parana Day Ashtami Tithi End: 07:19 pm
- On Parana Day Rohini Nakshatra End Time: 08:05 pm
Janmashtami 2018 Dahi Handi – 3rd September 2018
- Ashtami Tithi Begins at 08:47 pm on 2nd September 2018
- Ashtami Tithi Ends at 07:19 pm on 3rd September 2018
Janmashtami 2018- Wallpaper and Images
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Janmashtami 2018- Wishes
We have the most unique and heart-warming Janmashtami wishes for you. Share these wishes with everyone around you and keep the festivity alive. We have the collection of Janmashtam wishes in Hindi and English.
Aao milkar sajayein Nandlal ko,
Aao milkar karein gungaan unka,
Jo sabko raah dikhaate hai aur
Sabki bigadi banate hain,
Chalo dhoom dhaam se manaayein janmadin unka…
Janmashtami ki Subhkamnaayein.
Gokul me jo kare niwas, Gopiyo sang jo rachaye raas,
Devki-Yashoda jinki maiya, aise hamare Kishan Kanhaiya.
May Krishna fulfill all your wishes. Happy Janamasthami!
May Lord Krishna shower its most cheerful blessing
on all and strength 2 every 1 facing difficulties in thier lives.
Happy Krishna Janamashtami
Today is very precious day
Someone special was born
Born to fight against inhumanity
Born to save the trust in God
श्री कृष्ण के कदम आपके घर आये,
आप खुशियो के दीप जलाये,
परेशानी आपसे आँखे चुराए,
कृष्ण जन्मोत्सव की आपको शुभकामनायें .
जन्माष्टमी के इस अवसर पर , हम ये कामना करते हैं कि श्री कृष्ण की कृपा आप पर, और आपके पूरे परिवार पर हमेशा बनी रहे। शुभ जन्मआष्टमी!
माखन चुराकर जिसने खाया,
बंसी बजाकर जिसने नचाया,
खुशी मनाओ उसके जन्म दिन की,
जिसने दुनिया को प्रेम का रास्ता दिखाया.हैप्पी जन्माष्टमी
We wish you all a very happy Janmashtami 2018!