Janmashtami 2017

Like other festivals, Janmashtami is one of the famous festivals, which celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion all around India in the month of August or September. Mathura, Vrindavan and Gokul are the main attractions during the Krishna Janmashtami celebration because Mathura is the birthplace of the lord Krishna and Gokul and Vrindavan are the places, where he passed his childhood life and shown many miracles.

History of Janmashtami:

Frankly, the history of Janmashtami and the celebration somewhat dates back to about four or five hundred years ago. There are many stories connected to it but the legend or origin roots back to the time when Lord Krishna was born.

Around five or six and half thousand years before, the princely state of Mathura (which is currently in the state of Uttar Pradesh) lived a despotic ruler called “Kamsa”. People of his kingdom had a tough time, bearing all his oppressions and whims. Kamsa took over the rule of Mathura by overthrowing his own father and his ambition to be immortal and great king spared none of his loved ones.

Even though Kamsa had soft corner for his cousin Devaki, still it didn’t stop him from imprisoning her and her husband, when he realized that their eight son will be the one responsible for his death. As soon as Devaki was married to King Vasudeva of the Yadu dynasty, Kamsa imprisoned them. Each time a child was born, Kamsa would kill it and when the eight child was born who was the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Vasudeva immediately took him to his friend’s village Gokul.

When is Janmashtami in 2017?

As per the Hindu Luni-solar calendar, Janmashtami is celebrated on the eight day of the Krishna Paksha (AshtamI) in the month of Bhadrapada (dark fortnight). This overlaps on the month of August or September of the Gregorian calendar.

Janmashtami 2017 Date - August 15, 2017 (Tuesday)

How Janmashtami is Celebrated?

In Vaishnava temple, the festival starts right before the dawn and even expands the whole day till midnight. Evens like singing lord’s name, kirtans, japa and private and intimate prayers. Certain devotees will cook more than hundred dishes and distribute them. Even there would be dance and drama performance from devotees.