Around India, people are preparing to celebrate the holy holiday of Krishna Janmashtami with zeal and fervour. On the Ashtami day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada, Shri Krishna Janmashtami is observed. As per Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna is said to have been born on this day. On Ashtami, Shri Krishna was born in Rohini Nakshatra. Gokulashtami, Shrikrishna Jayanti, and Janmashtami are other names for the celebration. People are unsure whether Krishna Janmashtami falls this year on September 6 or September 7. Krishna Janmashtami is to be celebrated for over two days. Since the Ashtami Tithi will fall on September 06, 2023, at 15:37 and on September 07, 2023, at 16:14, it will be observed on both days. September 2023 Holidays Calendar With Major Festivals and Events: Get List of Important Dates of the Ninth Month.

Krishna Janmashtami 2023: Date, Shubh Muhurat, Rituals Of Day That Celebrates Birth Of Lord Krishna

Janmashtami 2023 Date and Time

According to the Gregorian calendar, Krishna Janmashtami is typically observed somewhere in the month of August or September, although this year, it falls on September 6 (Wednesday).

Shubh Muhurat on Janmashtami 2023

  • Nishita Puja Time - 12:08 AM to 12:53 AM
  • Ashtami tithi timing - 9:21 PM to 10:59 PM
  • Parana Time - 6:08 AM
  • Rohini Nakshatra timing- 1:53 AM- 4:40 AM

Rituals for Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna temples are decorated for the occasion, processions are held, and a variety of bhajans, kirtans, and satsang are held in places of worship honouring the Blue God. Many locations hold dance-drama reenactments of Krishna's life as described in the Bhagavata Purana, midnight devotional chanting, fasting (upavasa), a night vigil (ratri jagaran), and a festival (mahotsava) the next day to commemorate His birth.

The idols of Lord Krishna are cleansed and dressed in fresh attire for Janmashtami. To represent the idol's birth, a cradle is used to hold it. In addition, women depict Krishna entering their homes by drawing tiny footprints outside their front doors and kitchens.

Sri Krishna Janmashtami Background

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 prophecy that predicted Kansa would be murdered by Devaki's eighth son, Devaki's brother Kansa, the king of Mathura at the time, slaughtered all of the children that Devaki bore. When Krishna was born, Vasudeva brought the infant to his friend's home in the Mathura neighbourhood of Gokul. Krishna was thereafter raised at Gokul by Nanda and his wife, Yashoda.

Sri Krishna Janmashtami is also known as:

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

It should be noted that Krishna Janmashtami is primarily observed in Mathura and Vrindavan, as well as other locations where Krishna devotees or Vaishnava communities reside, including Manipur, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh.

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