Krishna Janmashtami is the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna, who is Lord Vishnu’s eighth avatar on Earth. The supremacy of good over evil is symbolized by the birth of Lord Krishna. On the day of Krishna Janmashtami, worshippers of the Lord offer prayers, and numerous ceremonies inspired by the life of Baby Krishna are celebrated around the nation. This is one of the most popular festivals for everyone.
Krishna Janmashtami 2022 is on August 18, Thursday.
Although Krishna Janmashtami is observed on August 18 in the majority of North Indian states, Sri Krishna Jayanthi is observed on August 18 in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh.
The words “Janm” and “Ashtami” both refer to birth. As the eighth child of Vasudev and Yashoda on the eighth tithi, Lord Krishna was the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu.
When is Krishna Janmashtami celebrated?
Under the Rohini Nakshatra, Bhagavan Sri Krishna was born at midnight on Ashtami tithi, the eighth day. According to the Amanta calendar, Lord Krishna was born in Shravan, but the Purnimantha calendar dates his birth in Bhadrapad. This corresponds to the English calendar months of August and September, and the exact date is determined by the lunar cycle.
Krishna Janmashtami 2022 Pooja Timing
On August 18, Nishith puja should be conducted from 12:02 am to 12:48 pm. Notably, if one based their celebration on sunrise, some people might be commemorating Janmashtami on August 19.
On Ashtami Tithi, the laddu Gopal Puja is conducted. This year, Ashtami tithi runs from 9:20 p.m. on August 18 till 10:59 p.m. on August 19 of the following year, 2022.
The story behind Shri Krishna Janmashtami
Krishna, who belonged to the Yadava clan of Mathura, was said to be the eighth child of Princess Devaki and her spouse Vasudeva. To avoid a prediction that claimed Kansa would be murdered by Devaki’s eighth son, Devaki’s brother Kansa, who was the king of Mathura at the time, killed all of the children that Devaki had. When Krishna was born, Vasudeva brought the infant to his friend’s home in the Mathura neighborhood of Gokul. Krishna was thereafter raised at Gokul by Nanda and his wife Yashoda.
Sri Krishna Jayanti is also known as:
Ashtami Rohini, Gokulasthami, Sree Jayanti, Krishnaasthami, Janmasthami, Saatam Aatam, Nandotsav, etc.
Rituals of Shri Krishna Janmashtami
This holy day is observed in diverse regions of India by unique local customs and rituals.
On this day, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, people around the nation observe fasts until the time when Lord Krishna was born. The divine idol is maintained in a little cradle as a reminder of His birth, and prayers are offered. On this day, bhajans and Bhagavad Gita recitals are performed.
Dahi Handi is organized on a local and regional level in Maharashtra. To break a buttermilk-filled earthen pot, a human pyramid is built. There is fierce rivalry, and incentives for these tournaments include awards of lakhs.
This day is honored in Gujarat at the Dwarkadhish temple, which is located in the city of Dwarka, which served as Lord Krishna’s kingdom when he assumed the throne.
On this day, kite flying is scheduled in Jammu.
Even in Manipur, the ISCKON Temple in Imphal, the state capital, celebrates this day known as Krishna Janma.
Eastern India’s Janmasthami, which is followed the next day by Nanda Utsav, is distinguished by day-long fasts and the midnight giving of various sweets to the Lord in memory of the Lord’s birth. Both Puri in Odisha and Nabadwip in West Bengal hosts significant pujas.
Women in Southern India decorate their homes with little flour footprint decorations that represent the life of newborn Krishna stealing butter.