By Priyanka Mahajan
The Krishna janmashtmi date for 2013 is 28 August. Janamashtami is a festival dedicated to Lord Krishna. This festival is also known as Krishnashtami. The festival of Krishna Janmashtmi is celebrated on the occasion of the birth of Lord Krishna. It is stated in the holy scriptures that Krishna was the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu who took birth to destroy the evil. Janamashtami falls on the eighth day of Shravan month and is celebrated almost in every part of India with dignity and excitement. Even in foreign countries, this festival is celebrated with a lot of fervor by the followers of Lord Krishna. The celebrations of Krishna Janmashtmi consists of worshipping Lord Krishna and presenting dance with songs in his honor.
Krishna Janmashtami 2013: Legend Behind It
It is believed that Lord Krishna was born thousands of years back in Dwapar Yuga on the day of Janmashtami. The night of the eighth day of the second fortnight of Shravan month was very dark and gusty. Lord Krishna was born on that night in the prison of king Kansa. He was born as the son of Vasudeva and Kansa's sister, Devaki. It was already announced many days before Lord Krishna actually took birth that he would be born as an avatar of Lord Vishnu to kill the deadly demon Kansa to save the earth and also to protect the mankind. Krishna during his childhood proved that he was someone very special and was born to perform some great deeds. Krishna was brought up by Yashoda and spent his childhood and adolescence in Gokul. He had enormous powers and was admired and loved by everyone. He did many extraordinarily great things, which made people believe that he was an avatar of god. After that people started celebrating Krishna's birth day as a festival and started calling it as Janamashtami or Krishnashtami.
Lord Krishna was born to communicate and spread the message of love, humanity and brotherhood which is also exhibited by his preaching to Arjuna, in the holy book- The Bhagvad Gita. In Gita, Lord Krishna says that whenever there is an imbalance in the universe due to any kind of disturbance caused by any negative interference, he reflects himself as the power of ultimate balancing. He incarnates himself when needed for the protection of those in harmony and then he also rectifies those who are disharmonious. So one must have a belief that one or the other form of god will always take birth on earth for the establishment of peace, brotherhood, humanity, religion as well as prosperity, whenever required.
Janmashtami is celebrated to spread the message that Lord Krishna has given to the mankind - the message of love and respect. This festival is, in a way, celebrated to show gratitude to the holy deeds of Lord Krishna, that he performed solely for the goodness of mankind.
Krishna Janamashtami Celebrations
This festival Krishna Janmashtmi in 2013 will be celebrated for two days like all the years. Huge crowd, incuding everybody, whether it be women, men, children or elders, gather at one place and enjoy. At some places, on the first day Raslila is performed. Different events and incidents that took place in Lord Krishna's life are depicted in Raslila. The fun and enjoyment reaches to it's maximum during midnight. This is because it is believed that Lord Krishna was born at midnight. The idol of infant Lord Krishna is then bathed and is kept in a swing. This marks Lord krishna's birth. Then the shell is blown and people start singing and dancing with lot of devotion and happiness. Some people also keep vrat on the first day and as soon as the midnight comes and Lord Krishna's birth is celebrated, their fast is completed and then they break their fast with tasty sweets and mouthwatering dishes. Mathura, Vrindavan and Dwaraka are the famous places where this festival is celebrated in its best way.
On the second day, the huge ceremony of dahi-handi is performed. Maharashtra is very famous for the dahi- handi celebrations. Various sweets are made on this day. Murukku and Vella are the specialities of Tamil Nadu. In Kerela, it is the milk kheer also known as paal pyaasam and the neyyapam that are very famous. Mathura is world famous for its pethas. Shreekhand and singhaade ki poori are the most delicious dishes prepared for this day.
Even after so many years to Lord Krishna's birth, people celebrate his birthday with great joy and love. Probably, because, he fits in all the categories whether it be a true friend as in the case of Sudama, a true lover as in the case of Radha, a divine guru as in the case of Arjuna in Mahabharata and as one's own child, as in the case of Yashoda mata. This is the reason why people still admire, love and respect Lord Krishna so much so that they celebrate Janamashtami with such fervor even today.