Janmashtami festival celebration Image Source: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS

Children dress up as Lord Krishna during Janmashtami festival

Janmashtami is the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu on Earth. Lord Krishna's birth is symbolic of the victory of good over evil. On the day of Krishna Janmashtami, Lord Krishna devotees offer prayers and various kinds of rituals are held in different parts of the country which are inspired by the life of Baby Krishna.

Janmashtami 2022 is on August 18, Thursday

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Though in most North Indian states Janmashtami is celebrated on August 18, South Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh celebrate Sri Krishna Jayanthi on August 18, Thursday

'Janm' means birth and 'Ashtami' means Eighth. Lord Krishna was the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu in which He was born as the eighth son of Vasudev and Yashoda on the eighth tithi.

When is Janmashtami celebrated?

Bhagavan Sri Krishna was born at midnight on Ashtami tithi (8th day) under Rohini Nakshatra. The month of Lord Krishna's birth is Shravan as per Amanta calendar and Bhadrapad in Purnimantha calendar. This corresponding to August - September months on English calendar and the exact date depends on the lunar cycle.

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Janmashtami Lord Krishna Image Source: IANS

A view of the decorated idol of Lord Krishna at a temple on the eve of Janmashtami

The story behind Sri Krishna Jayanti

According to mythology, Krishna was the eighth child of Princess Devaki and her husband Vasudeva who belonged to the Yadava clan of Mathura. Devaki's brother Kansa, who was the king of Mathura at that time, killed all children that were given birth by Devaki in order to prevent him from a prediction that said that Kansa would be killed by Devaki's eighth son. When Krishna was born, Vasudeva took baby Krishna to his friend's house in Gokul, a district in Mathura. Thereafter, Krishna was brought up by Nanda and his wife Yashoda at Gokul.

Other names of Sri Krishna Jayanti:

Krishnaasthami, Janmasthami, Saatam Aatam, Asthami Rohini, Gokulasthami, Sree Jayanti, Nandotsav etc...

Rituals of Sri Krishna Jayanti

This holy day is celebrated in different parts of India according to various kinds of local traditions and rituals.

People across the country who celebrate Sri Krishna Jayanti keep fasts on this day until midnight when Lord Krishna was born. As a symbol of His birth, the deity's idol is kept in a small cradle and prayers are offered. Bhajans and Bhagvad Gita recitals are done on this day.

In Maharashtra, Dahi Handi is organized on local and regional scales. A human pyramid is formed in order to break an earthen pot filled with buttermilk. There is huge competition and prizes worth lakhs are announced as rewards for these events.

In Uttar Pradesh, devotees in large number visit Krishna temples in the holy cities of Mathura and Vrindavan on this day.

Krishna Janmabhoomi, Mathura Image Source: IANS

A view of spectacularly illuminated Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple on the eve of Krishna Janmashtami

In Gujarat, this day is celebrated with pomp and glory in the Dwarkadhish temple situated in the city of Dwarka that was lord Krishna's kingdom when he became a king.

In Jammu, kite flying is organized on this day.

Even in Manipur, this day called Krishna Janma is celebrated at the ISCKON Temple in the state capital of Imphal.

In Eastern India, Janmasthami followed by Nanda Utsav the next day is characterized by keeping day long fasts and offering different varieties of sweets to the Lord at midnight thus celebrating his birth. Important pujas are held at Puri in Odhisa and Nabadwip in West Bengal.

In Southern India, women decorate their houses with small footprints made of flour representing the life of baby Krishna stealing butter.

Important Timings On Krishna Janmashtami

SunriseAugust 18, 2022 9:21 PM
SunsetAugust 18, 2022 6:53 PM
Nishita Kaal BeginsAugust 19, 2022 12:08 AM
Nishita Kaal EndsAugust 19, 2022 12:53 AM
Ashtami Tithi BeginsAugust 18, 2022 9:21 PM
Ashtami Tithi EndsAugust 19, 2022 10:59 PM
Rohini Nakshatra BeginsAugust 20, 2022 1:53 AM
Rohini Nakshatra EndsAugust 21, 2022 4:40 AM
Parana TimeAugust 19, 2022 6:08 AM
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Lord Krishna and Radha Image Source: Prokerala.com

Krishna Janmashtami festival dates between 2019 & 2029

YearDate
2019Saturday, 24th of August
2020Tuesday, 11th of August
2021Monday, 30th of August
2022Thursday, 18th of August
2023Wednesday, 6th of September
2024Monday, 26th of August
2025Friday, 15th of August
2026Friday, 4th of September
2027Wednesday, 25th of August
2028Sunday, 13th of August
2029Saturday, 1st of September

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