Mumbai, Aug 14: Krishna Janmashtami, also know as Janmashtami, is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, who is the eighth avatar of Vishnu. Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the month of Shravana. On Krishna Janmashtami, believers visit Krishna or Vishnu temples besides fasting, singing and praying together. Grand celebration is organised in Dwarka, Mathura – where Krishna was born, Iskon and Vrindavan where he grew up. Zee 24 Taas is likely to host live streaming of Krishna Janmashtami celebrations from across the country. The live streaming is also available from Dwarka’s Sri Dwarkadhish Jagad Mandir website. Click here to watch Krishna Janmashtami celebration in Iskcon temples in Mumbai.
Hindus celebrate Krishna Janmashtami as the birthday of Lord Krishna. He was the son of Devaki and Vasudeva. Janmashtami is celebrated when Krishna is believed to have been born. According to Hinduism, Krishna was born at midnight on the eighth day of Bhadrapada month (overlaps with August and September in the Gregorian calendar). Hindu mythology says Krishna was born in an era of chaos, persecution was rampant, freedoms were denied, evil was everywhere, and when there was a threat to his life by his uncle King Kansa. (Janmashtami Wishes: Best Happy Krishna Janmashtami 2017 Messages, WhatsApp GIFs & Facebook Status to Celebrate Gokulashtami)
To celebrate Krishna Janmashtami, devotees hold dance performances and dramas and, remember Raas Lila or Krishna Lila. They sing Bhajans mantras and devotional songs at midnight to celebrate Lord Krishna’s arrival in this world. They observe a full day fast for Gokulashtami and celebrate Lord Krishna’s birthday with Dahi Handi.