Krishna Janmashtami celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna and is also known as Gokul Ashtami.
Janmashtami 2021: Lord Krishna is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Trinity's preserver. Krishna Janmashtami or Gokul Ashtami is a popular festival commemorating his birth. Krishna, the deity of love, kindness, and compassion, was born at midnight in a prison in present-day Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, to Queen Devaki and King Vasudeva. He's also known for being a prankster who utilised his superhuman abilities to assist others, surprising his friends and family.
Janmashtami 2021 Date And Timing
On the Ashtami of Krishna Paksha (Moon's setting phase) or the 8th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada, Janmashtami is observed. This generally occurs in the months of August or September. Janmashtami will be observed on August 30 this year. Krishna's puja is held at Nishita Kaal since he was born at midnight. It will be between 11:59 p.m. on August 30 and 12:44 a.m. on August 31 this year.
On Janmashtami, devotees keep a fast, which they break after conducting the puja or the next morning. In Hindi, the breaking of the fast is referred to as "Paran," which means "fulfilment of the vow." After 5:58 a.m. on August 31, the paran can be completed.
Janmashtami 2021 Parana Timings
Janmashtami 2021 significance
Lord Krishna is most known for his role as Arjuna's charioteer during the Kurukshetra conflict in the Mahabharata. He managed to keep Arjuna on the side of "dharma." According to another account, Krishna was born to terminate Kansa's tyrannical rule, since he dreaded the prophecy that the eighth child of Devaki would kill him. Krishna's birth is commemorated as Janmashtami across the country because he is recognised as the preserver of Dharma and the slayer of Adharma.
Janmashtami 2021 Celebrations (Dahi Handi)
The Janmashtami rituals and celebrations begin early in the day, with worshippers adorning Krishna idols with flowers and "mor pankh" (peacock feathers). After his birth at midnight, they feed him his favourite 'maakhan' (white butter), curd, and milk. Dahi Handi competitions are also held.
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