India is a land of festivals that celebrates various festivals across the year with joy and enthusiasm. Every month of a calendar in India includes festivals that cannot be seen anywhere across the world. Indians are super excited about celebrating every festival that belongs to any traditions and religion. The upcoming celebration of Janamashtami is one of the most popular Indian festivals that is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is reckoned as the birthday of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna is considered to be the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu, one among the three Devas of Hindus. Lord Krishna taught humanity the optimum way to live via the holiest book, Bhagwad Geeta. He is also remembered as the naughtiest child of Brij and Mathura who killed the people who try to destroy humankind. Every Krishna lover celebrates the festival with joy and enthusiasm.
Lord Krishna from the ages is one of the essential pillars of Faith and Knowledge in Hinduism. Janmashtami is considered to be the birthday of Lord Krishna. It comes after the festival of Siblinghood, Raksha bandhan or Rakhi. This day signifies the worship of Lord Krishna mainly in his child form. This child form of Lord Krishna is also known as "Ladoo Gopal". Janmashtami is celebrated in the month of Bhadrapad according to the Hindu calendar. It lies on the eight-day of Krishna Paksha.
According to Hinduism, Lord Krishna was the eighth son of Devki and Vasudev. However, due to the fear that the brother of Devki, Kansa might kill him. Vasudev shifted the newborn Krishna to Gokul by order of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu not only wants to kill the demon Kansha but also tries to teach the knowledge of humankind through his activities throughout his life. Lord Krishna was taken care of by Yashoda and Nand.
All the temples, especially the temple of Lord Krishna is decorated on Krishna Janmashtami. An idol of Child Krishna or Ladoo Gopal is kept in a swing or Jhula so that devotees can make him swing and offer their love and respect towards Lord Krishna. People use to do fast up to midnight as an action of providing their respect towards the Lord. In some places in India, people celebrate Krishna Janmashtami by organizing the competition of Dahi Handi or Matkifod. In this, a pot full of butter is kept hanging at a height, and people use to break it in a team. They are also awarded prize money for that.
However, due to COVID19, the large scale celebration of Krishna Janmashtami might not be seen in India. But we can celebrate it inside our home with spiritual essence in our heart, mind, and soul. We must pray Lord Krishna to eradicate this pandemic from the whole world and once again save humankind.
Jai Shree Krishna!!!