Janmashtami: Celebrating the Birth of Lord Krishna


Janmashtami is a joyous celebration of Lord Krishna’s birth, bringing together millions of devotees in love and devotion.

Janmashtami is an important Hindu festival celebrated in India and around the world. It honors Lord Krishna, considered the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Janmashtami falls on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada (August or September). It commemorates the divine birth of Lord Krishna in Mathura, where he was born to Vasudeva and Devaki.

The Birth of Lord Krishna

According to the legend, Lord Krishna was born in Mathura to Vasudeva and Devaki. They were imprisoned by Devaki’s brother, King Kansa, who feared a prophecy about his death at the hands of Devaki’s eighth child. Despite the challenges, Krishna was miraculously born, and he was raised by Nanda and Yashoda in Gokul.

Celebrations and Rituals

Janmashtami is celebrated with devotion and joy in India. People fast and pray on the eve of Janmashtami, continuing the celebrations until midnight, which is believed to be Krishna’s birth time.

  1. Midnight Pooja and Abhishekam: Devotees gather at temples for midnight prayers and rituals, bathing the idol of Krishna with water, milk, honey, and sacred substances.
  2. Dahi Handi: The Dahi Handi event is popular, where young men form human pyramids to break earthen pots filled with curd and butter, symbolizing Krishna’s playful nature.
  3. Rasleela Performances: People enact Krishna and Radha’s love stories through vibrant Rasleela performances.
  4. Bhajans and Kirtans: Devotional songs and chants dedicated to Lord Krishna fill the air, creating a spiritual atmosphere.
  5. Fasting and Feasting: Many observe a day-long fast, breaking it at midnight with various traditional dishes and sweets.

Quotes and Beliefs

Janmashtami celebrates Lord Krishna’s teachings and playfulness. Some famous quotes and beliefs are:

  • “I manifest myself on earth whenever dharma declines, to protect the good and destroy evil.” – Bhagavad Gita
  • “Perform your duties without attachment to the results.” – Bhagavad Gita
  • “You came empty-handed, and you will leave empty-handed.” – Bhagavad Gita
  • “Do everything with love, compassion, humility, and devotion.” – Lord Krishna
  • “The soul is neither born nor dies.” – Bhagavad Gita

Believers see Lord Krishna as a symbol of love, compassion, and wisdom, and his teachings inspire righteous living and devotion.


Janmashtami is a joyous celebration of Lord Krishna’s birth, bringing together millions of devotees in love and devotion. The festival reminds people of the eternal values and teachings of Lord Krishna, guiding them towards a life of truth, selflessness, and love for all. As devotees celebrate Janmashtami, they seek Lord Krishna’s blessings for a life filled with knowledge, spirituality, and goodness.

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