Janmashtami, is an annual Hindu festival, marks the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. The festival is celebrated on the Ashtami (eight the day of the month) in the holy month of Shravana. According to the Gregorian Calendar, the festival usually falls in the month of August or September. The festival is celebrated with great joy and fervor by Hindus.
Lord Krishna, one of the favorite deities of Hindus, is considered as their hero, protector, teacher and a companion. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna took birth to dispel evil and spread the message of love and brotherhood.
The Krishna Janmashtami celebrations are held across the country and also in various parts of the world. The festival is known by several names like Krishnashtami, Gokulashtami, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti, or simply as Janmashtami.
The tradition of celebrating Lord Krishna’s birthday hails as one of the most important religious festivals for Hindus. Raas Lila or Krishna Lila which comprises dance and drama enactments of Lord Krishna’s life is one of the popular ways to celebrate the festival. According to the verses in the Bhagavad-Gita, a famous shloka narrates that whenever there will be pre-dominance of evil and decline of goodness, Lord Vishnu shall re-incarnate to save the earth. Lord Krishna’s birth as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu also marks the prevalence of goodwill and good energies.
Devotees observe a day-long fast only to open it next day when the Asthami tithi or the eight-day is over. The devotees gear up to welcome baby Krishna to their homes by performing Krishna Abhishekam. People decorate Lord Krishna’s idol with new garments and fresh flowers after bathing the idol with milk, ghee and water. Then bhog is offered to the deity. Devotees fast on this day. They adhere to phalahar diet (diet which consits of fruits and water) during the hours of fasting.