Lord Vishnu is summoned in his human personification as Krishna on his birth anniversary in the day of Janmashtami. This event is celebrated with great devoutness on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Sravana as per the hindu calender that is July-August in India. As per Hindu mythology, Krishna was born to abolish this uncle, Mathura’s demon King Kansa who was the brother of his honorable mother, Devaki.
Janmashtami 2021 Date & Timing
Monday, 30 August 2021 is the day when world will celebrate Krishna Janmashtami 2021. Men and women across different parts of India fast and pray on the occasion of Janmashtami. Temples and homes are prettily decorated on this day. The temples of Vrindavan, in Uttar Pradesh witness an profligate and colourful celebration on janmashtami. Janmashtmi 2021 timing will be updated as per the panchang of new hindu year soon.
‘Raslila’ is performed to recreate events from the life of Krishna and to celebrate his eternal love for Radha. This day also has other names like ‘Krishnastami’ or ‘Gokulastami’.
The idol of the infant Lord Krishna is bathed at midnight and is then sited in a cradle. Religious songs and dances are performed to celebrate Janmashtami all over the Northern parts of India.
In Maharashtra, Janmashtami is observered as the enthusiastic representation of Lord Krishna’s childhood endeavours to steal his favourite butter and curd from pots which were beyond his reach. A matka or pot comprising these is kept at high above the ground at a good height and groups of young men as well as children form human pyramids to try and reach the pot and then finally break it.
History and Story of Janmashtami
This is one of the most significant Hindu festivals, Janmashtami also known as Krishna Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, the eighth re-embodiment of Lord Vishnu who gave the vital note of the Bhagwat Gita.
Across the nation, there will be rituals and prayers at temples dedicated to the Lord Krishna. The day before may comprise of fasting and prayer until midnight, the time when lolrn Krishna was born on the earth.
Krishna was born in Mathura which is a place in Uttar Pradesh. In this area of India, a common tradition is the performance of ‘Krishna Lila’ which a folk drama consisting of moments from Krishna’s entire life.
Many customs have developed in the various regiond of India, all based on tales from Krishna’s life. For instance, it is said that as a boy, Krishna loved butter and milk so much that they had to be kept out of his reach. This story is showed in different climbing games for children.
In Tamil Nadu, oiled poles with pots of money tied to the top are put up and then boys dress as Krishna then climb these poles to get the money while spectators jet water at these boys.
In Maharashtra, where the festival is also called Govinda, earthen pots comprising buttermilk are suspended a very high height. Groups of boys then form human pyramids competing against each other to see who can break the most pots which are suspended high above the ground.
Legend of God Krishna
Many colourful legends tell of Lord Krishna’s life and he is a protuberant figure in Hindu sayings. As a child, Lord Krishna is renowned for his shenanigans such as the above-mentioned butter and curd stealing and pictures of him as a kid often show him dancing blissfully and holding a lump of butter in his hands.
Being an adult, he is most generally depicted as a dancer or a lover, often playing the flute and surrounded by indulgent women. In a tale, it is said that Lord Krishna had beaten the many-headed serpent named Kaliya by dancing it into submission.
Janmashtami 2021 rituals – Dahi Handi
In the foster care of Nand and Yashodha, Krishna grew up in Vrindavan and he was a very naughty kid. Baby Krishna loved white butter or ‘makkhan’, milk and also curd. As a kid, along with his friends, he would frequently steal butter from their neighbour’s houses. His mother Yashodha would often have to tie him up to halt his delightful frolics. Krishna is also called ‘maakhan Chor’ or ‘Navneet Chor’ due to these incidents in this childhood.
The women residing in Vrindavan had also started storing freshly-churned butter at a very high height to avert notorious Krishna from reaching the earthen pot. Though young Krishna had his own ways. Krishna and his friends would form human pyramids to excerpt the butter from the earthen pots that were hung at a height. Every year on Janmashtami, the Dahi Handi rituals are hence an imitation of Lord Krishna’s activities as a kid.
The human pyramid is typically made of 9-tiers by participants and comprises a young boy who is the last one to climb at the top the human made pyramid and then he breaks the earthen clay pot deferred at a height of over 20 feet.
Significance of Janmashtami 2021
Janmashtami is also called ‘Gokulashtami’, which is celebrated every year on Krishna Paksha of ‘Shraavana’ or ‘Bhadrapad’. Devotees horde the temple, on this day to pay their homage to Lord Krishna. Also, they revel in the celebrations where they often indorse the birth of Krishna, through a skit or by setting up a magnificant ‘jhaanki‘. Devotees stay up till midnight for the Krishna Abhishek which is the long vigils are frequently manifested with religious songs and folklores.
According to the legends, Krishna was the eighth son born to Vasudeva and Devaki. On the day of Devaki’s marriage, it was predicted that her eighth son would be the cause of her cruel brother, king Kansa’s death. As soon as Kansa learned about the prophecy, he put the couple in prison and one by one he killed all their sons until Krishna was born.
On the night Krishna was born, a divine voice instructed Vasudeva to carry his son to Vrindavan as he would be safe from Kansa’s attack, and once he is grown up, he can handle the cruel King and rid Mathura of its griefs. Vasudeva travelled all the way from Mathura to Vrindavan on foot, carrying his little son on top of his head, defying the stormy night.
Janmashtami 2021 Celebrations Around the World
Janmashtami is celebrated with great fervor by all the hindus Hindus across the Indian subcontinent and beyond. We take a whistle-stop tour around the world to take a look at how this huge it is as a festival in “A Janmashtami Journey”.
Janmashtami is the festival of food, devotion, happiness & much more. We wish you a very Happy Janmashtami 2021 from our happy wishes team. May Lord Krishna bless us all.