Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami is an annual celebration of the birth of the Hindu god Krishna. Krishna is one of the many names of Lord Vishnu, and Sri Krishan is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is the speaker of the Bhagavad-gita, which is recognized throughout the world as one of mankind’s greatest books of wisdom and poetry.  He is infinite, we are finite, and He maintains us all.

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It is believed that lord Vishnu reincarnated in the form of lord Krishna on the auspicious day of Janmashtami The festival is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapad (August–September) in the Hindu calendar .

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On the occasion the temples and homes are wonderfully decorated and lightened. Religious hymns are sung at temples. The priests bath the idol with Panchamrita which comprises of water from the holy Ganges River, milk, ghee or clarified butter, curd, and honey pouring all these from a conch shell. Then the idol of infant Krishna is placed in a cradle. Raslilas are performed to remember the childhood memories of Lord Krishna.

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We celebrate Janmashtami by fasting, worshipping Krishna and staying up until midnight, and offer prayers at special time when Krishna is believed to have been born. Images of Krishna’s infancy are placed in swings and cradles in temples and homes. At midnight, devotees gather around for devotional songs, dance and exchange gifts. Some temples also conduct readings of the Hindu religious scripture Bhagavad Gita.

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The holy occasion brings people together, thus it signifies unity and faith. The main significance of Janmashtami is to encourage goodwill and to discourage bad will. Krishna Jayanti also celebrates togetherness. This celebration encourages working in a team, thus signifies the importance of team work.

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