Janmashtami is one of the most auspicious days when Lord Krishna took birth on this planet. Lord Krishna's birthday is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal in India in August or September. According to Hindu Calendar, this holy festival is celebrated on the eighth day of the dark fortnight, which is called the Ashtami of Krishna Paksha. Lord Krishna is believed to be the most powerful soul and reincarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Before 5,200 years ago, his birth took place in Mathura, and that's why the Mathura is called Krishnabhumi. During this day, devotees usually sing devotional songs in praise of the lord, observe fasts, participate in Dahi Handi celebrations, hold functions in temples where Lord Krishna is welcomed each year, and more. The biggest celebration of this Hindu festival takes place in Vrindavan and Mathura, where Lord Krishna is believed to have been born up and spent his childhood respectively. Since he was born at midnight, adorers observe a fast and sing devotional songs for him as the clock strikes twelve. As a part of the custom, statues of baby Krishna are washed and placed for worship. Devotees then break their fast and share sweets and food. This year Janmashtami is on August 18, 2022, and the Dahi Handi celebrations shall take place on August 19.
Date, Puja, And timing For Janmashtami 2022
2022 is said to sign the 5249th birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. The puja timings are appropriated between two dates: 18th and 19th August.
• Janmashtami Tithi: August 18, 2022
• Puja Timing: August 19 from 12:03 am to 12:46 am
• Ashtami Tithi begins at 09:20 pm, August 18
• Ashtami ends at: 10:59 p.m., 19 August
• Nishita Puja Time: 11:18 pm to 12:03 am, August 19
• Duration: 45 Minutes
• Dahi Handi: August 19
• Rohini Nakshatra begins at 01:53 am, August 20
• Rohini Nakshatra ends at: 04:40 am, August 21
History Of Krishna Janmashtami
The root of Krishna Janmashtami can be traced back to the ancient Vedic texts. In these texts, Krishna is described as a reincarnation of Vishnu, the supreme god in Hinduism. Vishnu is said to have taken the look of Krishna to kill the demon king Kansa and restore dharma (order) to the world. Over time, Krishna Janmashtami has become one of the most famous festivals in India. It is celebrated with great pomp in temples and homes across the country. On this day, devotees offer prayers, sing devotional songs, fast, and perform many rituals.
The ancient scriptures like Markandeya Purana and Bhagavata Purana are among those which incorporate accounts of Krishna's birth and childhood. Devotees believe that fasting (upavasa), praying (Japa), bhajans (singing devotional songs), and meditation on Krishna on this day will assist them in attaining moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth and death).
Importance Of Krishna Janmashtami
Krishna Janmashtami has huge religious importance, and it is believed that by worshipping Lord Krishna on this day, one can attain moksha or liberation from the cycle of birth and death. The festival is also a time for celebrating the divine love between Lord Krishna and his devotees. Hindus offer prayers and perform many rituals to please Lord Krishna on this day. They also fast and sing devotional songs in his honour.
Krishna Janmashtami is a significant festival not only for Hindus but also for all those who believe in the power of Supreme Lord Krishna. By celebrating this festival, we can all remember His divine grace and mercy, which can lead us to the path of righteousness and truth.
Worship Method Of Shri Krishna Janmashtami
On the auspicious festival of Shri Krishna Janmashtami, wash Lord Shri Krishna with milk, honey, curd, ghee, sugar, and so on. Once more, in conclusion, wash the symbol of Shri Krishna with Ganges water and make them wear garments and adornments. After this, in the wake of applying sandalwood tilak and so on to the Lord, offer many kinds of desserts. Make sure to offer Tulsi Dal the pleasure in God. After this, chant the mantras of God and Shrimad Bhagwat Purana. It is also believed that Lord Krishna is exceptionally satisfied by serving a cow on the heavenly celebration of Janmashtami.
By observing Sri Krishna Janmashtami, one becomes free from the sinful reactions committed in seven lives. One gets good health and great wealth. One will not have to fear enemies. One will not have to worry about natural calamities, hellish conditions, snakes, disease, or the attacks of rogues and thieves. So, let us come together to worship Lord Krishna on his birthday and spread auspiciousness worldwide.