Krishna Janmashtami 2018, also called Janmashtami and Gokulashtami is a yearly Hindu festival to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. This year, Janmashtami is celebrated on 2nd September and 3rd September. It is a precious festival to the Vaishnavism culture of Hinduism. The festival will be perceived as per the Hindu lunisolar calendar. To celebrate the day, Lord Krishna temples are decorated, processions, bhajan, kirtan and satsang meetings are organised at various places to remember him and celebrate his birth.
As a child, Lord Krishna was mischievous and his childhood was full of pranks and fun. Some worship Krishna as the ideal child of innocence. In his youth, he was the most romantic lover and wooed young girls with his flute. The girls were devoted to him and Radha was his greatest devotee. He was a compassionate king and cared for the poor. He was a loyal and trusted friend. He was killed in the war and counselled his friend, Arjuna, on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, giving the world the greatest scripture-Bhagwad Gita, which is read worldwide.
There are many exciting stories about Sri Krishna from his birth to his death. Those who believe in the Hindu faith and in Sri Krishna, celebrate their adorable God’s birthday in the form of Janmashtami. On this day, devotees pray and keep a fast to obtain the grace of Lord Krishna. It is one of the biggest religious festivals in India.
Krishna Janmashtami date:
This year, Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on September 2 and September 3. But most people are celebrating it on September 3, Monday.
Krishna Janmashtami timings:
Timings for Krishna Janmashtami would be 8:47 pm on September 2 to 7:20 pm on September 3.
Since the pooja (jaagaran) 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
Devotees of Lord Krishna observe fast on Krishna Janmashtami. Lord Krishna’s idols are cleaned and decorated with new clothes and ornaments. The idol is placed in a cradle to symbolise his birth. Women also draw tiny footprints outside their house doors and kitchen, walking towards their house, a symbolism for Krishna’s journey into their homes.
When was Sri Krishna born?
Janmashtami is the birth date of Lord Krishna—the day he made his earthly appearance. According to mythological texts, Shri Krishna was born in the month of Bhadrapada, on the eight day of the dark fortnight. And if this day coincides with the Rohini Nakshatra, then it is considered even luckier and that year, this day is also celebrated as Sri Krishna’s birth anniversary. Krishna was born to Devaki and Vasudev in a prison in Mathura. To save the baby from getting killed by his maternal uncle, he was taken across the river to Vrindavan, by his father where he was brought up by Yasoda and Nanda, a cowherd.