Krishna Janmashtami, also called Gokul Ashtami, is a Hindu festival which is celebrated on the ocassion of the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. On the next day of Janmashtami, people celebrates the Dahi-Handi.
Story Behind Krishna Avatar
It is said that Krishna took birth to kill Kansa, the evil ruler of Mathura. He was born to Kansa’s sister Devaki, who was married to Kansa’s friend Vasudeva.
Kansa imprisoned Devaki and Vasudeva and killed their sons on hearing the prophecy. When Krishna was born, Vasudeva handed him over to Nanda and Yashoda — his foster parents — in Vrindavan.
When Vasudeva returned to Mathura, he handed over a baby girl to Kansa. When the evil king tried to kill the baby, she was transformed into Goddess Durga, who warned him of his impending fate. Lord Krishna came to Mathura years later and killed Kansa, ending his reign.
Importance of Krishna Janmashtami
On the day of Krishna Janmashtami, the devotees of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna keep a whole day fast and break it on the next day when both Rohini Nakshatra and Ashtami Tithi are over or either of the two Tithis are over. The most suited time to perform Krishna Puja is during Nishita kaal which is midnight as per Vedic time system.
Janamashtmi 2021 Date, Time, and Muhurat
The way Lord Shiva is worshiped in the month of Shravan, similarly the worship of Lord Krishna is important in the month of Bhadrapada.
This year the 5247th birth anniversary of Lord Shri Krishna will be celebrated. Ashtami Tithi of Krishna Paksha of Bhadramas will start on 29th August at 11.25 pm on Sunday. Ashtami date will remain till 1.59 pm on 30th August at night. Accordingly, considering the Udaya date for fasting, Janmashtami will be held on August 30.
Puja Timings: 30th August night 11:59 to 12:44.
“Govinda aala re aala jara matki sambhal brijbala”