Lord Krishna is regarded as the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, the patron saint of the Trinity. His birth is widely celebrated as Krishna Janmashtami or Gokul Ashtami. Born in a cell in modern Matra in Uttar Pradesh at midnight by Queen Devaki and King Vasudeva, Krishna is described in Hindu epics as a god of love, tenderness, and compassion. He is also credited with being a man of many endeavors who used his great power to help others, astonishing his friends and family.
Day and time of Janmashtami
Janmashtami is celebrated in the Ashtami of Krishna Paksha (the setting of the moon) or on the eighth day of the dark night in the month of Bhadrapada. This usually falls in August or September. This year, Janmashtami will be celebrated on August 30. Since Krishna was born at midnight, his puja was performed at Nishita Kaal. This year it will be between 11:59 PM on August 30 to 12:44 AM on August 31.
The devotees quickly turned to Janmashtami and broke it after making a puja or the next morning. The breaking of the fast is called “Paran” in Hindi, which means the successful completion of the promise. Paran can be held after 5:58 AM on August 31st.
Janmashtami 2021 significance
The most popular description of Lord Krishna is found in the Mahabharata as the chariot driver of Arjuna during the battle of Kurukshetra. He kept Arjuna next to “dharma”. One source says that Krishna was born to overthrow the tyrannical ruler of Kansa, his mother, who feared the death of Devaki’s eighth child. As Krishna is known as the guardian of Dharma and the murderer of Adharma, his birth is celebrated nationally as Janmashtami.
Celebrations of Janmashtami 2021
Janmashtami’s celebration and rituals begin early in the morning with devotees adorning the Krishna idols with flowers and ‘mor pankh (peacock feather). They gave him his favorite ‘makhana (white butter), curd, and milk after his midnight birth. Dahi Handi’s events are also scheduled.