Facts About Janmashtami
Janmashtami- The Celebration of Good over Evil
Janmashtami is one of the festivals which is commonly celebrated in all parts of India. Hindus at various places come up with different kinds of celebrations. Not only in India even in western countries wherever Hindus dwell and Vaishnavas are there Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated with vigor. Even many Christians of western countries got converted to Vaishnava as they got deeply moved and influenced by Lord Krishna.
Krishna is considered as the 8th Avatar of Lord Vishnu on earth. This day is celebrated on the eighth day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadra which mainly falls in August or September. Lord Krishna is worshiped in various forms and with various names at different places. He is known as the maintainer who controls and manages the whole world.
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Celebration of Janmashtami is Various Ways
Janmashtami is celebrated every year on the eighth day of Krishna Paksha to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. Near about 5201 years ago Lord Krishna took birth in Mathura. He was well known as a demolisher of evil and demons. The birth of Bal Gopal is celebrated in different ways in various parts of India- West Bengal, Assam, Manipur, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Mathura, Vrindavan, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Kerala. It is also celebrated in neighbor countries of India such as Nepal, Bangladesh, Singapore, Pakistan, and Fiji. Even Western countries such as United States, Jamaica, Canada, Toronto, France, Guyana, Jammu, Tobago, Trinidad and other places wherever there is ISKON temple and their representative Janmashtami is celebrated with full vigor.
This day is also known as Krishna Jayanti and Gokul Ashtami. People celebrate this day while fasting and offering various kinds of dishes known as Bhog to Lord Krishna. The puja takes place mainly at midnight as it is said that Lord Krishna was born at midnight. The very next day “Nanda Utsav” is celebrated at every Krishna mandir. Kids take part in this kind of celebration. Dance, Play, Drama is organized based on stories of Lord Krishna and Radha. Small kids get dressed up as Lord Krishna and Radha. It looks amazing! Bhajans and Kirtans are organized in mandirs. Raslila is famous in North India. Rasalila is basically group dance of Krishna and Radha on music along with Gopis. These lilacs are delightful shows which depict the love story of Radha and Krishna. Kite flying from roof tops are mostly done and is a part of the celebration in Jammu. In Manipur famous Manipuri dance on various Vaishnava themes. In Bengal region and eastern region different types, Bhakti yoga is performed. In Manipur, this festival is well known as Krishna Janma. In Odisha and Bengal, Nada Utsav is celebrated with full vigor. On this day people decorate Mandir, baths idol of Krishna and sets him up with a new dress and decorated him with flowers and jewellery. The priest sings Bhajan and swings the jhula. Dahi Handi is a famous game which is organized in Mumbai and Pune. This festival is largely celebrated with a lot of fun. In South, houses are decorated with footprints of Krishna. This festival encourages good over evil. And it is said in Bhagwat Gita whenever there will be intolerable evil deeds going on all around there will be an incarnation of Lord Krishna to set right everything.
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