Krishna Janmashtami 2019
The Hindu festival Janmashtami, Gokul Ashtami or Shree Krishna Jayanti is celebrated with a lot of vigor and zest all around the world by Hindus. The day marks the birthday of Shri Krishna, the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Krishna Janmashtami falls on the eighth day of the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada (August- September). The number eight has a special significance in this aspect as Lord Krishna was the eighth child of her mother, Devaki, and father Vasudeva. Lord Krishna is said to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu and also known to be one of the most powerful human incarnations.
It is the most important and popular annual festival of the Hindu religion that is celebrated with complete love and joy in India. The period during which Lord Krishna was born, was an era of chaos, wherein freedom was denied and there was evil and ominous everywhere. Lord Krishna was born in the prison where his parents, Devaki and Vasudev were held captive by Kansa, the uncle of Shri Krishna. Vasudev, immediately after the birth of Lord Krishna, decided to hand over him to his friend Nand. After coming of age, Lord Krishna went on to seek vengeance of all the wrong his uncle Kansa had done to everyone in the village. This form of Lord Vishnu was considered one of the most powerful incarnations among all other forms.
On the day of Janmashtami, Lord Krishna was born at the stroke of midnight, when the world was dark and full of terrors, thus a light needed to be there to illuminate love, purity, and faith in people’s hearts. Lord Krishna brought light by killing all that was unholy and evil.
Janmashtami 2019 date
Krishna Birthday or Janmashtami is celebrated throughout the country in the Ashtami of Krishna paksha in the month of Bhadon or Bhadrapada. The midnight of the Ashtami is also considered as chandrodayavyapini (when the Ashtami falls during the rise of the moon) because on this day the moon rises at midnight. The actual celebration of Janmashtami takes place at midnight because it is believed that Shri Krishna was born in the dark, stormy and windy night to end the torture of his uncle Kansa. The year 2019 would witness Janmashtami 2019 date in India on 24th August 2019.
Krishna Janmashtami 2019 is one of the biggest religious Festivals that is celebrated in India. Devotees worship Lord Krishna on this auspicious day and visit temples, offer prayers to Lord Krishna and have a long day celebration. Various Ritis and rituals are performed on this day. These rituals vary according to the regions. On this day temples and houses are decorated with flowers and leaves. People celebrate this festival by fasting, singing, praying and visiting the temples. Special food items are prepared and shared with each other on this special day. Many communities organize Raas Leela also known as Krishna Leela, the dramas that highlight the life of Lord Krishna. Parents dress their children like Lord Krishna or the gopis on this day.
Janmashtami in Mathura & Vrindavan
The Celebrations of Janmashtmi in India, especially in Mathura and Vrindavan, the place where Lord Krishna had spent his entire life, are very special. The preparations for this festival in Mathura and Vrindavan start a week before the date of the festival. Devotees welcome this day by singing songs dedicated to Lord Krishna. They observe a day-long fast on Janmashtami and offer prayers to Lord Krishna and seek his blessings for long and happy life.
The idol of Bal Gopal (infant Shree Krishna) is placed in the Jhulas (swings) in the temples and in the homes. Some temples also organize a path (reading) of the Hindu religious scripture of Bhagavad Geeta, the only doctrine in Hindu mythology which holds great importance due to Krishna being its narrator.
Janmashtami Day 2019 fast helps the devotees to get rid of all their problems and struggles. Devotees observe Nirjala fast till the midnight of this day. Some people also observe “phalahar fast” by having milk and fruits throughout the entire day. Devotees prepare special dishes on this day while observing the fast.
Devotees break their fast at midnight just after the birth of Lord Shree Krishna. They break their fast with the prasad of Lord Shree Krishna. Devotees use to read and listen to the Shree Krishna Janmashtami Vrat Katha. Even the children use to observe fasts on this auspicious day and seek the blessings of Lord Krishna to have a happy and prosperous life ahead. It is believed that observing the fast on this day can destroy the sins of our previous birth.
It also helps in eliminating all the negative effects of any unfavorable situation from the life of the devotees. The next day after the birth of Shree Krishna, devotees should offer food and money to the brahmins. While observing the fast, devotees should chant the following mantra to seek the blessings of Lord Krishna. The native should chant this following mantra to obtain the blessings of Lord Krishna.
"Om Namo Bhagvatey Vasudevaay" (108 times)
- Santan Gopal Puja
Santan Gopal refers to the infant form of Lord Krishna. It is believed in Hindi mythology that worshipping of Santan Gopal blesses the couple with a healthy child. Lord Krishna bestows all the worldly happiness and joy in different forms to his devotees and helps them to lead a happy life.
Importance of performing Santan Gopal Puja during Krishna Janmashtami
- This Pooja can destroy all the pains, obstacles, and sufferings of a couple.
- It shovers the couple with the combined blessings of Lord Shiva and Ma Parvati and thus, with their blessings the couple will be able to lead a happy and successful life.
- The pooja will also help one to overcome diseases like stress, anxiety, anger, depression, etc.
- It also blesses the couple with a healthy and intelligent child.
To attain all the benefits of Santan Gopal Puja you are advised to perform this exclusive Puja on the auspicious day of Krishna Janmashtami- the day of infant Krishna.
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