Everything To Know About Krishna Jayanthi 2022!
Do you know what Krishna Janmashtami is? It’s a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. This year it falls on August 18th. If you’re unfamiliar with Lord Krishna, he was a significant figure in Hindu mythology. There are many stories about him, but one of my favourites is when he lifted Mount Govardhan to protect his village from a storm. I think that story shows how courageous and powerful he was! So if you’re curious to learn more about this holiday or want some ideas for celebrating it with your family, read on!
Why is Krishna Jayanthi/Janmashtami Celebrated?
Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated because it marks the birth of Lord Krishna. Krishna is considered a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, one of the most important deities in Hinduism. Vishnu is the preserver of the universe, and so by extension, Krishna is also seen as a protector. This makes Krishna an inspiring figure, especially for those looking for guidance and strength. So, this day is a celebration of his life and all that he stands for.
How Are Krishna Janmashtami and Krishna Jayanthi Different?
They are not different and are indeed the same! Janmashtami is the more popular name and is more commonly used in North India, while Jayanthi is more prevalent in South India. However, both terms refer to the same festival – the birthday of Lord Krishna. The words are used interchangeably, and there is no difference in the meaning or the significance of the two.
Krishna Jayanthi is celebrated all over India with great gusto and enthusiasm. It is a festival that is dear to the hearts of many Hindus and is a cherished time to come together and celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna.
What Is the Story of Krishna Jayanthi?
The story of Krishna Jayanthi goes back to when Lord Krishna was born. His mother, Devaki, was imprisoned by her brother, King Kansa. A prophecy had told Kansa that one of Devaki’s sons would kill him, so he kept her locked up to prevent this from happening.
Despite the precautions taken by Kansa, Krishna was born, and he was smuggled out of prison by his father, Vasudeva. Nanda and Yashoda then raised Krishna in Gokul. Krishna began to perform miracles as he grew up and exhibited super-human strength. He eventually killed King Kansa, fulfilling the prophecy.
Krishna Jayanthi is celebrated yearly on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Hindu lunar month of Shravana (August-September). It marks the occasion of Lord Krishna’s birth. The festival is celebrated with great fervour and devotion in temples and homes. Devotees fast and perform special puja (worship) on this day. Lord Krishna Janmashtami is known as Krishnashtami, Krishna Jayanthi, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti and Srijayanti.
Did Lord Krishna kill Kansa? How so?
Yes, Lord Krishna killed King Kansa. It is said that when King Kansa was informed of the prophecy that his sister’s eighth child would kill him, he tried to kill all of her children. However, Lord Krishna was able to defeat him and fulfil the prophecy. Lord Krishna is also believed to have killed many other demons terrorising the people.
How to Celebrate Krishna Janmashtami?
Krishna Jayanthi is celebrated with great fervour and devotion in various parts of India. In Mathura and Vrindavan, the birthplaces of Lord Krishna, the festival is celebrated for two days. Devotees throng these temples to offer prayers and take part in the festivities.
On this day, people fast and keep vigil all night long. Devotees sing hymns and bhajans (devotional songs) in praise of Lord Krishna. Some people even dress up like Lord Krishna and Radha and enact scenes from their life.
What Feasts Are Prepared on Krishna Jayanthi?
Various traditional sweets and snacks are prepared on the occasion of Krishna Jayanthi. The most popular is the ‘mithai’ made from ‘chhena’, called ‘Makhan mesri’. It is cottage cheese mixed with sugar and dry fruits. Other popular dishes include ‘gur ki roti’, ‘malpua’, ‘Dahi vada’ and ‘kheer’.
In some places, a special dish called ‘Bhog’ is prepared and offered to Lord Krishna. It usually consists of rice kheer, puris, halwa, vegetables, curd and butter.
Janmashtami is a time to come together as a family and celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. This festival brings traditions that remind us of the importance of giving, gratitude, and spending time with loved ones. Whether observing Janmashtami in your own home or visiting a temple, take this opportunity to connect with your spiritual side and enjoy the company of your nearest and dearest. Happy Janmashtami! What are some of your favourite family traditions during this holiday?