Happy Janmashtami 2020: India Gears up to Celebrate Lord Krishna’s Birth
The birth of Lord Krishna, believed to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, is an annual Hindu festival celebrated as Janmashtami or Gokulashatami.
The birth of Lord Krishna, believed to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, is an annual Hindu festival celebrated as Janmashtami or Gokulashatami. It is usually observed on the eighth day or Ashtami of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Shravan or Bhadrapad. This year, Janmashtami celebrations begin August 11, with many also likely to celebrate it the next day.
Krishna puja is usually conducted at midnight; the ritualistic puja includes 16 steps which are part of the Shodashopachara puja vidhi.
As per the Hindu tradition, Krishna is believed to have been born in Mathura at midnight on the eighth day of the Bhadrapada month.
On Janmashtami, therefore, idols of infant Krishna are washed, clothed and placed in a cradle. The devotees then break their fast and share foods and sweets with a special emphasis on milk products including makhan, milk and curd.
It is celebrated with much fervour across the country and the world owing to the popularity of Lord Krishna. This year, the celebrations are expected to be low-key with the current coronavirus pandemic concern.
As part of the rituals, while some indulge in devotional singing, others revel in the customary Dahi Handi act. Dahi Handi is also celebrated with a lot of pomp and drama - loud DJs, rain dance and what always steals the limelight, a Dahi Handi contest. However, this year, no large gatherings are allowed.
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