Krishna Janmashtmi: Every country present in this beautiful world has its own identification. All differ in culture, tradition, customs, heritage, language, race, living styles, but one thing which unites these different countries is “Festivals”.
Festivals might differ in many countries; they might be different in names, traditions, and customs. But main purpose of celebrating festivals is always the same.
Festivals are to spread joy, and excitement in the life of human beings. It also marks the beginning of new chapters in the life of many people; it brings positivity in the life of people.
India is a huge and vast country that is the land of millions of people of various religions. Since it is also a land of various and numerous festivals that are different in various aspects.
Some important festivals celebrated in India are Ramadan, Bakrid, Holi, Diwali, Navratri, Dussehra, Onam, Pongal, MakarSankranti, Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Muharram, EidMilad, Durga Puja, and many more.
Since Krishna Janmashtami is an important festival in India by the people who follow the Hindu religion. It is also common festival in other countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and other countries.
Krishna Janmashtmi is also popular in Pakistan. By the people who follow the Hindu Religion in a temple of Karachi.
This is festivals has many names such as Krishnashtami, SaatamAatham, Gokulashtami, Yadukulashtami, Sri Krishna Jayanti, and SreeJayanti. It is celebrated all over the country for 1-2 days.
Krishna Janmashtmi History:
This festival is to mark the birth of Lord Krishna, the eight avatars of Lord Vishnu. It usually occurs in the month of August or September. If you want truly to enjoy this festival then you must visit Mathura and Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh State. It is also popular in Karnataka, Manipur, Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and many other Indian States.
Lord Krishna was born as a son of Devaki and Vasudeva’s son. The Lord Vishnu took the avatar of Lord Krishna to reinitiate good, and dharma in this world. Lord Krishna became a medium and ended the life of many demons, and wrongful people.
He was raised by his foster parents named Yashoda and Nanda. As he resides across the river Yamuna. By his parents Devaki and Vasudeva as there was a threat to his life from his own uncle Kansa.
However, Kansa was a very powerful and ruthless ruler and a demon king. He was in numerous unlawful activities and came to an end by Lord Krishna himself.
Lord Krishna played a very important and crucial role in the war of Mahabharata. It was fought between Pandav and Kaurav, all belongs to the same family.
Lord Krishna’s Childhood:
Lord Krishna is an important deity and avatar of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Lord Krishna was incarnated in Dvapara Yuga. Dvapara Yuga is the 3rd Yuga among four Yugas. Yuga changes according to time and their total period.
The four Yugas are Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dvapara Yuga, and Kali Yuga. It is believed that age, and height of human being is different in all 4 Yugas; and it depends on the Yuga in which human being is born.
At present we are in Kali Yuga. According to Hindu believes or mythologies it is said that another avatar of Lord Vishnu named Kalki will incarnate to destroy all the evil people. And save the good ones at the end of Kali Yuga. And thus to begin a new Yuga and that will be Satya Yuga.
People celebrate this festival by fasting, singing devotional songs, hymns, Mantras, praying together, offering various prayers to Lord Krishna. However, it is a very important and crucial festival celebrated in Vaishnavism or Vaishnava sect. This sect has millions of followers in India as well as in many parts of the world.
It has another name as Gokulashtami in Maharashtra. The term DahiHandi means “Earthen Pot of Yagurt”.
In childhood, Lord Krishna was known for his mischievous acts and behavior. He used to steal Makkhan (Butter) from the pots even if they are kept in high places.
People here break tie earthen pots in some heights. Then later they form a pyramid like structure to break the pot; and this way of celebration is quite popular in many states of India.
In many places in India, games like to break the pot and win prize money. These groups are famous by the names of Handis or Mandalis. However, they move from one local area to another local area. And will try to break as many pots as they can and win various cash prizes and other gifts too.
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