Janamashtami 2018: Date, time and significance of the festival

NEW DELHI: The festival of Janmashtami is celebrated to mark the birth of Hindu God and avatar of Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna, who is believed to be born at midnight on the eighth day (Ashtami) in the month of Shravan.

Krishna is believed to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. The legend says that Lord Krishna was born to Devki and Vasudeva, but due to threat from his maternal uncle Kansa, his father took him across Yamuna to Nanda and Yashoda in Gokul. The 'natkhat' Krishna was destined to end Kansa's life and other evils.

His birth is a major festival in Brij, Mathura, Vrindavan and other places, where he used to live. In Maharashtra, famous dahi handi festival is organised, where scores of people participate.

To celebrate the day, temples are decorated, recitation of holy books Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita, processions, bhajan, kirtan and satsang meetings are organised at various places to remember him and celebrate his birth. Some people also observe fast on this day. His idols are cleaned and decorated with new clothes and ornaments. The idol is placed in a cradle to symbolise his birth. 

He is offered milk, ghee, butter, curd, etc because he loved the dairy products.

This year, Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on September 2 and September 3. But most people are celebrating it on September 3, Monday.

Timings for the festival would be 8:47 pm on September 2 to 7:20 pm on September 3.

Since the pooja (jaagran) is performed in the night during Krishna Janmashtami, the timings for "Nishith Kaal Poojan" would be 11:57 pm on September 2 to midnight 12:48 am.

 

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