The tradition of celebrating the festival of Shri Krishna Janmashtami has been going on for centuries. According to mythology, the people of Mathura were stricken by the atrocities of Kansa, the king of Mathura. It is believed that there was a prophecy about Kansa, in which Kansa's sister Devaki's eighth son was said to be killed.
Due to this fear, he imprisoned his sister Devaki and brother-in-law Vasudev in the dungeon, and Kansa kept killing every child of his sister. Lord Krishna was born as the eighth child of sister Devaki to get rid of Kansa's atrocities. After which, he killed Kansa and liberated the people of Mathura from his atrocities. On this occasion, the festival of Shri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated with great pomp, where people celebrate the victory of good over evil by distributing sweets and Radha Krishna gifts to their friends and relatives.
Significance of Janmashtami :
According to the beliefs of Hinduism, Lord Krishna is considered an incarnation of Vishnu. This is the reason why this festival holds special significance. Lord Krishna was born in the night. That is why night worship is essential on the day of Janmashtami. On this day, Lord Krishna is worshiped by law. It is believed that by offering prayers on this day, childless couples also get children. On the day of Krishna Janmashtami, the child form of Lord Krishna is appropriately worshiped.
Sri Krishna Janmashtami celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna. Sri Krishna Janmashtami 2022 date based on calendars and Panchang in India is given below. It is observed on the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad month as per the traditional calendar followed in North India. The corresponding month in other regions is the Shravan month. In 2022, the date of Janmashtami is August 18 in southern, western, and eastern parts of India. In North India, it is on August 19, 2022.
Tamil Nadu and Kerala follow solar calendars, and the festival is observed annually in Tamil month Aavani and Malayalam Chingam month in Kerala. Once in three years, there is a difference in dates in calendars followed in other regions (the lunar calendar) with the calendars followed in these two states.
Detail 2022 dates of Sri Krishna Janmashtami :
- Maharashtra, Goa, specific communities in Gujarat, Assam, Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and those people that follow Smarta Tradition - August 18
- North India, Gujarat (Dwaraka Temple), Vaishnava tradition in all regions - Sri Krishna Janmashtami is on August 19.
- Dahi Handi and Gopalkala in Maharashtra is on August 19
- Vittal Pindi at Udupi Sri Krishna Temple - August 18
- Kalo in Goa - August 19
- Tamil Nadu, it is on August 18 (Janmashtami is in Aavani month)
- Kerala (Ashtami Rohini ) - August 18 (Here, Janmashtami takes place on Rohini Nakshatra in Chingam month.)
The Sri Krishna Janmashtami is observed on different days in different parts of India some years due to the differences in regional calendars and the various calculations in the time of the birth of Krishna.
The Smarta Tradition observes this festival on August 18, and the Vaishnava Tradition on August 19. In Maharashtra, Janmashtami is famous for the Dahi Handi, and the next day is observed as Gopalkala. Special pujas are held in Sri Krishna Temples around the world. Special poojas and rituals are also held at midnight – the time of Krishna's birth.
Processions with tabloids depicting various episodes from the life of Shri Krishna enacted by children are a significant highlight of the festival. Krishna devotees fast on the day, and it is a 24-hour fast.
Auspicious Time :
The Ashtami date of Shri Krishna Janmashtami will start at 09.21 pm on August 18, which will end on August 19 at 10.59 pm. It is believed that on the day of the Janmashtami fast, all the sins of the person who recites or listens to the story are destroyed.
On the day of Janmashtami, wake up early in the morning, take a bath, and clean the temple of the house. After this, light the lamp in the temple of the house. Also, do Jalabhishek of all the deities. On this day, worship the child form of Lord Krishna and perform Jalabhishek. On this day, put Laddu Gopal in a swing and swing. Also, offer Bhog to Laddu Gopal as per your wish. However, remember that only God should be presented with sattvik things.
Sri Krishna Janmashtami with My Pooja Box :
To get Krishna Bhagawan's blessings, the fellow devotees might pray in the order described above. But keep in mind that all prayers must be offered in front of Krishna idol with an open heart and without any malice. So if you are also heading towards Janmashtami celebration and running short of time to buy important puja accessories or find the best Krishna statues, Janmashtami Mithai to give to loved ones, we suggest you explore the exclusive collection at our collection here. Some of our celebrate Krishna idols are -
Bal Krishna :
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Winsome Laddu Gopal Showpiece :
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Golden White Radha Krishna With Cow Idol :
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